THE TBRC STORY
For as long as I can remember, my ultimate goal in life was to create something that would inspire change. Running has been a passion of mine since middle school when I ran on the school team. I continued through high school and ran non-competitively upon graduating. Running has always been my favorite form of exercise, I always feel so accomplished when I am done.
In college, I decided after spectating a marathon that I was going to get myself in gear and train for one myself. Needless to say, training was poor. My nutrition plan was focused around dorm cafeteria food, I didn't properly cross train, I didn't sleep enough, and I fought through chronic nagging injuries. I managed to get to race day, and through the first half of the marathon fairly strong, but I hit that second lap and my stomach gave in. I was physically ill for the last 11 miles of the race. I struggled to keep going. My motivation and energy levels were shot. I finally got to the 3 mile marker on the boardwalk where my family cheered and ran with me to the finish line. I was exhausted and relieved that I persevered to the finish line, but there was a burning hunger to do better, however it took a long time to recover and even attempt short runs after that.
In 2013, I tried to restart my training for another marathon, but two weeks in, I herniated my L5S1 disc. It was a devastating blow mentally and physically. During my six month check in with my doctor, I was told I should never run again due to the strain it would have on my spine. It felt like a bomb went off next to me. I took some time off from running, however I desperately wanted to prove everyone wrong. I ran a few minor races, but truly picked up my running shoes in 2018 to train for a half marathon. I took to the internet and began researching ways to improve and train with a disc injury. Thanks to regular Physical Therapy visits for over a year, my pain began to ebb away. I was just focused on doing as much research on running, nutrition, cross-training, etc as I could to get to that finish line strong.
Going into half marathon race day, I had 4 goals: 1. Finish the race, 2. Don't stop running, 3. Maintain a max 10 minute mile pace, and 4. Break 2 hours. I succeeded in 3 of those 4 goals, and just missed breaking 2 hours by 7 teeny tiny minutes.
Upon finishing that race, my true love of running had reignited. I had forgotten how much I loved training in the snow, through muddy trails, exploring through neighboring towns, and the cross training that goes with it all. I just wanted to learn as much as I could to improve myself and while I was at it, help others to do the same. I helped a few friends of mine kick start their running journey's as well and this is when the true vision of TBRC came to life.
WHAT IS TRAILBLAZER RUN CO.?
TRAILBLAZER: (n) a pioneer; innovator; a person who makes a new track through wild country
Trailblazer Run Co. is looking to help you reach your true potential as a runner, whether it is to PR a race, or to run your very first 5K. TBRC is built on the belief that every runner has their own trail to create in this world, and together I want to help you achieve that.
Trailblazer Run Co. is comprised of a few different services:
TBRC is lucky to be partnered with OTBA & OTB PT where we have the opportunity to work with strength coaches, classes, and an onsite Physical Therapist!
My Philosophy as a Coach:
I whole heartedly believe that running is a full spectrum sport. In order to become stronger and faster, you need to incorporate the proper cross training, recovery, and nutrition into your training. You can't expect to improve if you are not properly preparing for your runs.
I believe that all runners should include 1. Strength & Cross Training, 2. Mobility & Recovery, and 3. Nutrition alongside your running training to remain injury free, incorporate a healthy lifestyle, and become an overall stronger athlete!
What I hope to provide to you is:
-A fun and driven community of runners who are looking for the motivation to accomplish their biggest running goals
-An out of the box approach to running training & coaching from my 20+ years of experience
-A home base facility to learn more about running through various seminars, cross training, events, etc
-Motivation and accountability to help you achieve your goals
-Open line of communication to properly scale your training plan to prevent injury and burn out
My expectations from you:
-Open and honest communication
Together, let’s work towards accomplishing your biggest running goals!
Become a Trailblazer, and LEAVE YOUR TRAIL