About me!

Hi! Welcome to my blog. I’m a mother runner of two beautiful girls. I started my running journey right after the birth of my first child for a reason a lot of people run, to lose weight.  I was never a runner in all of my life, I never even gave it a try. But I needed a way to combat the baby weight and the postpartum depression. Running became my outlet for my feelings and a way to feel good about myself again. Once I started running, there was no looking back. I became a full fledged running addict.

When I decided to embark on my first half marathon in 2014, I decided I needed some motivation that would hold me accountable to the training. I started up a blog and decided that I wanted to make my running meaningful. This led to the decision that I would bring awareness to an organization and help raise money for their cause. It was such an amazing experience watching my friends, family, and people I’ve never met support me and support MiracleFeet, a non-profit that was set up to help children born with clubfoot in under developed countries. I had a lot of fun, made lots of new friends, and my running had an even bigger purpose behind it.

After having my second daughter in November of 2015 I needed some motivation to get back into race shape again. Although I continued to run throughout my entire pregnancy, I really wanted to get back to breaking my personal bests. In order to do that, I registered for the Rock N Roll Savannah half marathon and began fundraising for Birthdays For All.I raised over $1500 during my training for this amazing non-profit that provides birthday gifts to the foster children in our area. I crushed the half marathon with a personal best of 1:38:55 and was even happier to hear about all the children who benefited from the fundraising.

Now I’m on a mission to qualify for Boston. My marathon training plans were derailed back in October when I came down with IT band syndrome as well as a pretty severe case of IT band tendinitis. I was hoping to run the Charleston Marathon and qualify but I had to drop down to the half and just run as a training run. My plans for Chicago Marathon in 2017 also got derailed when we moved our family from Charleston, SC to Upstate NY. I opted to defer Chicago to 2018 and run the Wineglass marathon, in beautiful Corning, NY, instead. My training took a huge hit with the move though and I didn’t come anywhere close to qualifying for Boston. I did finish in 3:53 and I am over the moon with that finish time! I was never disappointed, not even for a second, with that time.  But I’m still on a mission. Still trying to strive to the best version of myself. So now I look forward to the Chicago Marathon in 2018 and will work my butt off to reach that 3:30 goal. You better believe that even if I don’t make it, I’m not giving up.

On top of being a runner, I’m also a running coach! Coaching has became a true passion of mine because I love to watch others succeed. I’ve always believed that great runners support other runners to be great. I see too often people get caught up in the competitiveness that they can’t help their fellow runner. It’s truly a shame because we all have the same amazing passion of running! We runners are meant to lift each other up. As a coach, I work with my athletes throughout the week. I’m always available via text/phone/email to answer any questions. I’m the type of coach who loves being a cheerleader, so you can expect me to message you after each run when I see how your run went on Strava or Garmin. I love hearing more from my runners like how the run felt and how they are feeling overall with training. I’m not the type of coach who will send you a plan and then forget about you. Each week we will look over the training for the week so I can answer questions, hesitations, worries. We will work together to come up with race day plans and execution as well. I can also be the best form of accountability. I’m like the peppiest drill sergeant you’ll find. I can be the person to tell you to push your limits, to dig deep, to give it everything you have in you, and then celebrate you with the biggest cheers when you’re all done. I love coaching and watching others hit their goals, so you can bet I’ll give you 110% if you’re willing to give me 110% as well.

I hope you will follow me in this crazy journey towards meaningful running. If you want to see more updates, learn about my coaching services, or just see my goofy running pictures, please connect with me on social media or shoot me an email at Mhetr1@gmail.com and lets run this world together.

XoXo

Michelle

 

 

 

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