I am a runner, marathoner and RRCA certified running coach. I work with newer runners and first-time marathoners.

I write about running, training, overcoming self-doubt, and pushing through the times you want to quit.

I believe that everyone needs to define success for themselves and should always strive to be your best even when you aren’t the best.


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Looking For A Online Running Coach?

I offer online run coaching, encouragement, and accountability for emerging and re-emerging athletes.

Puffin Coaching

Check out my Puffin Coaching website for more information.

I’m on Etsy

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Visit my Etsy shop for printable journals and training bracelets. For runners, by runners.

The Newsletter

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Sent every two weeks, the Huffing and Puffin newsletter is filled with interesting links and stories.

My Blog Manifesto

With this blog and with my posts, I hope that I will encourage and support others to:

• Define what success means for you and to go out and strive towards that success
• Be your best, even when (especially when) you will never be the best
• Focus on improving your life and body, which may or may not involve how fast you are or how long you can (or want to) run
• Figure out what motivates you
• Ignore the goals or priorities that others say are important if they don’t inspire you
• Have balance in life and in running
• Look beyond finish time, age ranking, or the completion of a specific distance as the only indicators of worth
• Celebrate every victory, however large or small
• Have fun and enjoy running

Recent Blog Posts

You Don’t Have To Feel Like Running To Run

The #1 reason I don’t get things done (in life or on the run) is ‘I don’t feel like…’. As in: I don’t feel like going for a run this morning or I don’t feel like eating kale instead of […]

Planning For Your Audacious, Long-Term Running Goals

The last year has been a challenge for runners like me who use races as the organizing structure for their running or as a primary running goal. Sure, in a perfect world, all runners should be self-motivated and get out […]

Proud Fail

Common Self-Talk Mistakes Runners Make and How to Fix Them

The voices in my head are always yammering away during my runs. Usually, it’s pretty innocuous. I’ll be listening to a podcast and have debates with myself about the topic, or I’ll add in my (imaginary) side of the conversation. […]

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