We have put together quite a cast of characters to join you on your journey to give your 5k or 10k performance!
Our coaches and mentors have varied running backgrounds, along with different reasons on what motivates them, and where they get inspiration along the way. We are excited to introduce you.
Future 5k & 10k Runners, meet your supporting cast:
Head Coach, Jaime
As a coach of NOBO 5k/10k, my main goal is to get people hooked on running. Running is my stress relief, my confidence, my inspiration, and my power. I want more people to have the chance to see what running can mean to them. I've been running since high school, where cross country and track were my favorite times of the day. Then I had the pleasure of being coached by Trisha and Uli Steidl for 2 years at Seattle University, where they taught me how to be a well rounded runner by teaching the importance of form, strength and mental toughness. Trisha and Uli also exposed me to the amazing trails in Washington, which is my favorite type of running. In the past 5 years, I've run about five trail 50ks and a handful of other trail races. I love writing out training plans, and I love filling out my running journal. And I feel so accomplished after completing a race that took HOURS of training.
I'm also a social worker and believe in a holistic approach to pretty much everything. This training program will affect your life and your choices, just like your life will affect your running. Running is often a mental battle, and I'm always interested in helping people uncover what their mental battle is. I'm also passionate about paying attention to the effects of sleep, stress, nutrition, and....more stress.
Assistant Coach, Andrea
My main goal for this program is help all of the runners get to the point where they don't hate running. You don't have to love it, but I want you to feel good while you're out their committing your time and energy. And if you do love it by the end, BONUS! Prior to joining Brian in running our very own running store, I had run on and off with no serious training. Then I committed to doing a half marathon with one of the store's training programs and have been running (and working at the store) every since. In the last couple of years, I started trail running which I used to just be a race spectator at Brian's races years ago. And last March, I ran my first trail 50k at Chuckanut.
Working with the training programs is my favorite part about this job. I love the nervous excitement from the runners are the start of the program. Then as we hit each milestone, I love hearing - that was the longest I ever ran, that was the fastest I ever ran, and I didn't hate running today. It's fun to see friendships develop within the program as runners start to meet up after practice for coffee or during the week to get their workout done. And we can't forget race day. That's when we see the extra big smiles come out. I just end up with all the feelings on race day.
I've had several running "lives", the runner in the 1980's who was marginally fast, raced a lot of 5K's and 10K's. But by 1991, I had gotten out of the habit, gotten fat and then tore my knee up in a basketball game...badly. Run? I couldn't even straighten the knee for the first 11 years. I didn't run again until a friend prodded me to try and in 2008 I went out for a 3 mile run, then a 4, then an 11, it was slow, painful, I got blisters (bad shoes!) and even with more than 17 years between runs, but I was hooked again.
I joined Fleet Feet Distance Training over three years ago because I needed to prove to myself I could go the distance. Not only did FF help me succeed in this goal, but also to embrace running. Through running I met so many wonderful people (including my husband David (also a mentor), the coaches and all of the mentors). Running for me is not putting on shoes, sweating, huffing and puffing to exhaustion. Running is a way to relax, raise my energy, to be social or to meditate; running is a way to leave work behind and embrace time with my friends.
Howdy everyone. In 2011, I woke up one sunny summer day and realized I need to make a change in my life. I was out of shape and unhappy. I rolled out of bed, put on some old running shoes, and went for a jog. It wasn’t too long into the run that I had to walk and realized I needed to join a program to keep me running. Soon thereafter, I joined a program and haven't looked back.
I started running five years ago when I decided it would be fun to participate in the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Half Marathon. I had never ever ever run before, but strutting down the Las Vegas strip at nighttime while covered in spandex sounded like a blast, so I found an online training program, googled the best place to buy running shoes in Seattle (it was Fleet Feet, duh!) and ended up crossing the finish lines of my first ever 5 and 10K races as part of that online training program. In hindsight, I do realize that most Las Vegas evenings are spent strutting down the Las Vegas strip at nighttime while covered in spandex, but the race was indeed a blast and by the time it was over, I had officially caught the running bug. I did walk for a good portion of that first race, but I also ran for the longest period of time than I ever had before needing to stop and my next goal became to run an entire half marathon. I didn't want to train via an online program again - my personality type needs more accountability - so I decided to sign up for one of the Fleet Feet training program that I had heard about during my inaugural visit to the store for a shoe fitting. 16 weeks later, I had met my goal - Seattle Rock n Roll was in the bag and I hadn't walk any of it! I've been a regular member of Fleet Feet training programs ever since - whether it is training for my own races or helping other participants meet their goals.
I started running (steadily) about three and a half years ago when some friends asked me to join a Ragnar Relay team. I had tried running off and on through the years, but it never really stuck. This time it did. I started chatting with my runner niece who lives in Spokane who had run several half marathons and was eyeing a full. Next thing I knew, I was registered for Fleet Feet's 1/2 marathon training with a little voice (my niece's) in my brain about someday doing a full marathon. That was just over three years ago and since then I've run almost 30 half marathons, 4 full marathons, 2 50ks, 6 200 mile relays and a number of other races ranging from a 5k run that ended jumping in Lake Washington on New Years Day to some 25k trail runs.