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. Athletes who train consistently with uninterrupted training cycles are more likely to reach their maximum athletic potential. My goal as a trainer is to help my clients build a resilient body that can withstand the rigors of training for fun or training to compete.
Your first visit to my home gym, located in the Amherst MA area, built by my husband, and featured in the June 2017 issue of Runner’s World, will involve an assessment that looks at muscle length and strength. I will use these values to track progress as we work towards correcting faulty movement patterns with strength and neuromuscular exercises. We will use quantitative data to increase the success of correcting strength deficiencies or asymmetries. The initial assessment cost is $80, which takes approximately 90 minutes and includes a detailed summary of recommendations by email. Follow-up appointments for continued personal training and retesting are $55 for approximately 60 minutes.
My experience 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, ran division 1 in college, and 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.
My interest in coaching came from a natural progression as a long-time runner with a constant thirst to learn more about how to balance injury prevention, strength training, and cross-training with the “just right” volume of running. This balance is different for every athlete I coach. My number one goal for my athletes is injury-free running; all of the fun and glory will come naturally if we achieve this first goal. What are your goals? Be in touch through my contact page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaching includes individualized training plans and weekly communication via text, email, or phone. My expertise are in trail and mountain running, strength training, injury prevention and rehabilitation. I also have knowledge of track, cross country and road running.
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 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