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Athlete Spotlight: Danielle

Hello and welcome!  In case you missed my post last week, I announced my launch date for my run coaching business.  As I’m counting down the weeks, I’ll be introducing you to the amazing women that I have been working with over the last few months.  In addition, I’ll be sharing some of my best running tips on my IG account every Tuesday in September and I’ll be hosting a give-away starting on the 15th.  Check back for updates!

Today, I would like to introduce you to Danielle!  She is a busy wife and mom of 4, a business woman, and an athlete.  In addition to her running training plan, she is on run steak day 250!  She also prioritizes strength training.  I attribute a lot of her success in running to her great strength training base.  She is currently following the Anna Victoria’s Fit Body Guide.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Danielle because she has such a positive attitude and a tremendous amount of dedication.  You can catch up with more of her story and follow her workouts through her Instagram page.  She is truly an inspiration with her ability to balance it all and I’m so excited to watch her chasing her goals.  She’s done an amazing job with her training this cycle and has pushed her own limits.   I can’t wait to cheer her on at the Chicago Marathon in just 30 days!

Danielle’s Running Story

I started running in May of 2015 after my neighbor talked me into doing a 5k with her.  We started with the run/walk method and struggled all the way through it.  It was the peak of summer heat and running with a buddy who was the official keeper for our run of 3 minutes and walk of 2 minutes made time go by a little faster.  My first 5k was completed at an 11:46 pace and I knew right after that race that I wanted to push myself to do better.

After the 5k she talked me into signing up for a half marathon!  We continued to train using the run/walk method, but our runs got longer and our walks got shorter.  On our way to completing a half marathon, I continued to sign up for intermediate race goals.  I completed the 5k, 10k, and 10 mile distances.  Finally, I completed my first half marathon in Hershey, PA.  After that I signed up for the Virginia Beach Yuengling Marathon, but weeks before the marathon I found out I was pregnant.  After speaking to my doctor he said to run the first half and take the second half easy, so I finished at 5 hours and 45 mins.

For me, the Chicago Marathon will be the first true push towards my goals.  The first half marathon 6 months after having my little guy I had a PR at 2 hours and 15 minutes.  This is why I set my goals of completing my Chicago Marathon in 4 hours and 30 minutes.  Hitting that goal would be an accomplishment and it will demonstrate all of the hard work, sacrifices, and dedication I’ve put into becoming a runner.

Danielle’s Training Experience Working With Me

Training with you gives me an extra level of accountability. I know that you’ll be checking in, and often that’s enough to make sure I don’t miss a workout or a long run. Many days at the beginning of my speed workouts I feel doubt about hitting my marks, but knowing I get to report back to you when I do hit my target speeds keeps me pushing. If it wasn’t for you I don’t know how many times I may have given up with my self-training plans. Having a running coach who invests time into cheering me on, checking in, and reassuring me that I’m capable has been the best tool to helping me reach my goals.

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