August 25, 2019

Michele Yates has the hips, pelvis and pubic bone area of a 100-year-old, doctors told her five years ago.

“My bones had grown the wrong way,” she explains, noting this was discovered when she was pregnant with Maya Jo. “They also found I had thyroid disease as well as...

August 4, 2019

As a running coach, my athletes have achieved quests to qualify for the Boston Marathon, run their first full marathon and various other challenges. I cannot be more pleased when they accomplish their running goals.

But what happens when athletes come up short of their...

July 30, 2019

When I was self-coached, I focused on running. After all to get better as a runner, one has to, well, run. Right?

I didn’t fully understand the value of cross-training, whether that is yoga, core work, biking, swimming or other exercise that supports and supplements the...

July 20, 2019

Right now I should be running my first timed race, the 8-Hour Dream Endurance Race and Relay in Indianapolis.

But after going back and forth the past 10 days, I decided yesterday that my ongoing hip pain had not sufficiently healed. Fortunately, the race director announ...

July 19, 2019

Jason Koop has coached ultra runners long before the niche sport grabbed the foothold it currently has. In those days, gear options were sparse, nutrition options were minimal and training was whatever the individual prescribed.

In time, however, Koop has developed a ni...

June 16, 2019

(Ian Sharman with his Western States buckles, as of the 2018 race. Photo credit: Amy Sharman)

To put Ian Sharman’s nine consecutive top 10 finishes at the Western States Endurance Run into context, consider this: During that time frame only Aliza Lapierre has as many as...

April 12, 2019

Editor's note: This is a guest column, written by my friend, co-worker and running client Cameran Richardson. I trained Cameran for a half marathon in November 2018, followed by a 16-week training program for her first marathon in March 2019. This is her unedited story...

January 23, 2019

Tyler and Ellie Fox met when he was racing Summer Solstice and she was there as a spectator.

“I think that was my first weekend off-duty,” says Ellie, who spent the summer of 2017 as a nanny for Jason Schlarb. “So I decided to head over to Lake City to just spectate and...

January 1, 2019

Looking back at my 2018 running, there were an unusual number of ups and downs. And I don’t mean the elevation changes encountered during my two 50-mile races.

An early-season injury forced me to scrap a planned Boston Marathon qualifier. After recovering, I positioned...

December 1, 2018

It’s been almost exactly two months since I announced on this blog my intentions to become a certified running coach.

This past week, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified me as a coach after I passed the requirements, which included attending their two-day...

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Evolving from injured runner to BQer

Marathon Training Academy podcast hosts Trevor and Angie Spencer discuss how Angie's training has helped me improve my marathon PR by 28 minutes, earn a BQ and conquer ultras.


Trails, coaching, diet  
and a whole lot more

Ryan Clayton welcomes me to his podcast where we cover topics from road and trail running to coaching to nutrition/diet to ambassadorships.


'Keep moving the goal line so you always have goals to work toward.'

Breaking the Barrier podcast host Andrew Lorenzo and I talked about goal setting and achieving.


'I am able to recover better from through an almost entirely plant-based diet.'

PlantTrainers hosts Adam and Shoshana Chaim discuss my evolving diet, endurance running and offer tips on how to become 100 percent plant-based.

My First Ultra host Scott Jones and I discuss my debut and lessons learned at the Buckeye 50K in Ohio.

'My fifth-grade teacher called me  molasses.'


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