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 for a PhD in 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 am an elite runner on The North Face running team. Over the past two years I have expanded my racing career to include ultra-distance events along with marathon, half-marathon, and shorter road races. In addition, I continue to race other endurance sports including nordic ski races, the Pole Pedal Paddle, adventure races, cycling races, etc. Some race highlights include: 3-time Pole, Pedal, Paddle champion, 4-time Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Half-marathon Champion, USATF 50k National Champion, top American finisher at 2011 Norwegian Birkibeiner, new course record at SOB 50 mile in 7h34min, Runner-up 2012 North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile Championship.