Since I was a child, I have always love to be outside and active….anything to be outdoors or at the gym. I was involved in many team sports and tried just about everything. I find myself now, just as active, just as eager to be outdoors… running, biking, swimming, hiking, or just kicking a ball around or playing catch with my kiddos. I love triathlon, running, trail running, biking, my local gym and spectating my kiddos’ sports.
I have found my true passion to be encouraging others to meet their goals and realize that they are capable of much more than they allow themselves to think. I also have a true passion to help others who may not be otherwise capable of completing races on their own, cross that finish line though a local organization called myTeam Triumph. Pacing races, encouraging others along the way through the miles is something I love to do and find true joy in coming alongside others to meet their goals. It would be an honor to help you along your way!
Running, triathlon, endurance sports & personal training are more than a part of my life – they are my life. I’ve been an endurance athlete for 15 years. My degree is in exercise physiology & I’ve been a teacher, fitness instructor, personal trainer, running/triathlon coach, professional pacer & sponsored athlete at various points throughout these years. I have been an official pace leader for 54 marathons, including Grand Rapids 9 times, Chicago 7 times, Air Force 5x, Indy Monumental 4x & Akron 4x. The typical pace team time I lead is 3:00 & 3:05 and sometimes 2:45, 3:10 & 3:15. I’ve also paced about 25 half marathons/25k’s, including 5/3 River Bank 25k a total of 4x from 2007-2010. I’ve coached and/or paced many runners & friends to PR’s at the marathon, half marathon, Olympic Triathlon, half-iron & full-iron distances. Pace leading & coaching others athletes to reach their goals is so very rewarding & brings me much joy seeing others succeed along their personal journey! As an athlete, I’ve done over 800 races & have been sponsored by Michelob Ultra Runners, Under Armour, marathonpacing.com, Nike & Team StellaFly (Grand Rapids). Races include 125 marathons/ultras & 60+ triathlons/duathlons (Ironman finisher at 2008 Wisconsin & 7 half-iron finishes). My marathon PR is 2:37:32 at 2010 Indy Monumental, along with 25k PR of 1:30:16 at 2012 River Bank Run. I’ve won 100+ races of various distances. My current total of 60 sub-3:00 marathons has been quite a journey & exciting endeavor! Ultimately, I hope to reach 100+ sub-3’s by the year 2024 & end up running over 300 lifetime marathons.
I started running again in 2012 in training for the River Bank Run 10K. I signed up for the race as part of a challenge from the director of the summer camp I was working at. After I finished that race I stood on the sideline waiting for my friends to finish the 25K. In training for the 10K I thought it was going to a one and done thing. I had no plans on being a “runner.” Standing there watching everyone finishing and reflecting on the great race I had just run I wanted to see how far I could go with it. Over the past five years I’ve run 4 Half Marathons, 3 River Bank Run 25k’s, and 8 Marathons. When I finished the Boston Marathon this year my only thought was what’s next. I’m completely happy with all of my PR’s and trying to lower those wasn’t want I currently wanted to stride towards. (pun intended) What did peak my interest and passion for running was helping others reach their time goals. I was lucky enough to get selected for the 2017 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon Celebrity Pace Team and after that great first experience I want to see how many other races I can Pace and continue to help people reach their goals. I’ve also gotten the itch to see if I can lower my Marathon PR and have a goal to go for the 2.40 barrier in the coming years.