My interest is in guiding runners to their full potential on “just right” volume of training. That volume is not the same for every runner. Muscle oxygen monitoring and injury-prevention both help me achieve this goal with my athletes. Understanding how an athlete’s muscles respond to stress and recovery using muscle oxygen monitoring eliminates the guesswork in training.
Athletes who train consistently with uninterrupted training cycles are more likely to reach their maximum athletic potential. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of runners will suffer lower extremity injuries each year. With guidance from an expert in biomechanics, I am using an innovative assessment technique that measures side-to-side muscle strength and length in runners (recreational and competitive), athletes, and prospective athletes. Asymmetries, weakness, and prior injury cause faulty movement patterns that ultimately lead to injury. My goal is to help my athletes build resilient bodies that can withstand the rigors of training for fun or training to compete.
My interest in this field comes from many years of on-and-off again injured running and the mentorship of one of the very best biomechanics specialists in the country. I have been a competitive runner since I was 14 years-old and ran division 1 at Brown University. I was a Brown University school record-holder in the 3000 meters. After college, I ran as a member of the Boston Athletic Association and under an Olympic coach through my mid 20s. I took a handful of years off while I was raising young children. After my hiatus, I returned to competitive running but chose to compete on trails and mountains instead of roads and track. In my 20s, my training was focused on mileage but my return to the sport has involved a combination of strength, cross-training and running-specific training. Coinciding with my return to running came a life-long goal of working towards my very first body-weight pull-up. It’s no coincidence that my original goal of 1, turned into a maximum of 15, all while becoming an elite runner again. Total body strength is an important factor in reaching athletic potential. I was a 2016 member of the USA Mountain Running Team. I led the women’s team to a bronze medal with a 9th place overall finish.
1 mile – 4:48
3000 meters -9:29
5000 meters – 16:30
High School PRs
1 mile – 5:01
2 mile – 10:57
New England Trail Champion and Course Record Holder – Merrimack River Trail Race, 2016
2nd place finisher at the Mount Washington Road Race, fastest time ever time run by a woman from Massachusetts, 2016
Top four finish at National Mountain Running Championships, Loon Mountain Race, 2016
9th place finish, 1st American at World Mountain Running Championships, Bulgaria, 2016
1st place finisher at Whiteface Vertical Kilometer (2.5 miles, 3300 ft gain), 2017