Running has been a big part of my life since high school, where I was first introduced to racing. In college I raced both cross country and nordic skiing at Northern Michigan University where I was a two-time All American. As a student, I continued my passion for endurance sports by studying Exercise Science. I received a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University and am currently working on my dissertation to earn my PhD in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from Oregon State University. The combination of personal experience along with scientific expertise gives me greater credibility and allows me to approach coaching from a unique perspective. I have a passion for sharing my knowledge of the body and how it responds to exercise, in both improving athletic performance and improving health and quality of life. I believe physical activity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and want to inspire people to engage in endurance sports as an athlete or as part of an active lifestyle.
Along with my background in Exercise Physiology, I draw upon many years of personal experience as an athlete. Currently, I race for The North Face as a trail and ultra runner. Over the past five years I have expanded my racing career to include races ranging from a half-marathon up to 100 miles. In addition, I like to dabble (an sometimes race) in other endurance sports, including skimo, nordic skiing, cycling, adventure races, alpine skiing, mountain biking, trekking, etc. Some race highlights include: 2014 Western States 100 Champion, 2014 Lake Sonoma Runner-up, 2014 The North Face 50 mile Championships 3rd, 2013 Speedgoat 50k Champion, 2013 UROC runner-up, 3-time Pole, Pedal, Paddle champion, 2012 North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile Championship, 2011 USATF 50k Trail National Champion, top American finisher at 2011 Norwegian Birkibeiner.