Introducing:  Coach Michelle!

Introducing: Coach Michelle!

I am a marathon runner and dietitian, and I have a passion for stretching my endurance capabilities and helping others. I am very excited to be working with KR Endurance! My coaching philosophy closely mirrors the Lydiard system of training. This type of training starts by building a solid foundation then applying event specific conditioning. I believe that consistent training + nutrition (fuel and recover) + rest + enjoyment and fun = steady improvement and long term success. Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner and want to qualify for Boston, or you are a new athlete looking to complete your first 5k, I am confident I can provide the training and nutritional principals to help you reach your goals. Running/Coaching/Dietitian High school State Champion (Texas) in the 2 mile: NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Nationals Qualifier: The University of Arkansas 8 Time Boston Marathon Qualifier Level 1 USATF Certified Coach for Track and Field 9 years as a registered dietitian working with recreational and elite runners My Running PRs: Mile: 4.58 5k: 17.42 Half Marathon: 1.21.31 Marathon: 2.58.58 My ultimate running goal is to break 2.45 in the marathon and qualify for the USA Olympic Trials. In my free time I enjoy running, watching the NFL, spending time with my wife, hiking with my dog, and watching my 5 silly chickens frolic in the yard. I look forward to working with...
Exercise of the Week:  Lateral Shoulder Raise with Rotation

Exercise of the Week: Lateral Shoulder Raise with Rotation

Coach Kristie demonstrates the Exercise of the Week:  Lateral Shoulder Raise with Rotation   This exercise is for deltoid recruitment.  Stand with feet shoulder width apart.  Arms bent and dumbbells in front, waist high.  Raise arms laterally and while doing so rotate the dumbbells bringing them just above your head, opposite ends touching.  Return to start position.  That is one repetition.  Start with 3 sets of 10-15 reps.  When you can easily do 3 sets of 15, increase sets or...
Be Kind – Stop Shaming Yourself and Others

Be Kind – Stop Shaming Yourself and Others

Recently someone sent me a private Facebook message.  It was a screen shot of a comment that another person in the fitness/endurance industry had sent them.  It was about me. “She’s gained weight, soft around the middle.  What kind of example is she being?  She’s supposed to be this fantastic coach, she certainly doesn’t look like it.  Disgusting.” Normally a comment like this would deeply hurt me and I would curl up a sobbing mess.  No.  This time it made me mad.  Downright furious.  I have been witnessing so much shaming in sport lately (adult and youth) that I have had enough.  Time to take a stand. Since weight and how I look is thrown in my face a lot.   Here is my transformation over the last 10 years:                   Picture #1, I had a miserable pregnancy.  I gained over 100lbs.  My body went on strike.  Fortunately the reward was a healthy happy boy who is the light of my life. Picture #2 I lost over 100lbs was lean and mean and in competitive running shape.  There is a difference between racing and competing. I was focused 24/7 and in the gym or on the track 2 – 3 times a day.  Nutrition was strict. Picture #3 I was 15lbs heavier than picture #2. Picture #4 is where I am today.  10lbs heavier than picture #3.  Not as lean and muscular.  Well within normal BMI (not overweight).  My last physical was glowing.  I’m healthy. I am not competing right now. I am running and having fun.  I’m actually running faster...