Unbeknownst to me at the time, my coaching career began in 2000, starting out as a parent volunteer assistant helping coach my son’s youth cross country team in the Santa Clarita Valley. This led to becoming the youth team’s Head Coach charged with a roster of almost 70 runners. With head coaching duties, came a desire to become more knowledgeable about training and coaching my young charges; eventually obtaining coaching certifications through USA Track and Field (USATF). My desire for knowledge continued afterward with other certifications from the Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA), Dr. Jack Daniel’s Smart Project, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) etc. I now coach Boys and Girls high school cross country at a small rural public high school in northern Los Angeles County alongside my online coaching business, Running Workx LLC since 2014. Coaching runners of all ages has become my “second act” after a career in urban planning.
As I’ve gotten older, “running” for me has expanded in many ways. It has given way to a desire to help others enjoy what I have for most of my adult life; assisting with their running goals and coaching in the ways of training and running as a lifestyle. There’s nothing more exciting than introducing new runners young and old to the wonders of distance running, endurance training, and discovering your untapped potential. I’ve jumped in and love it just as much as running itself!