Coaching Happy: Trail Running & Tenacity

Build Your Trail Running Skills and Toughness

You want to run that trail race (or ultramarathon). Excellent! I can help you get started right away. Maybe you don’t have a race in mind, but you love your time on the trails and just want to do a lot more of it. I can help with that, too. Looking for an event? I will help you find a great one that fits your life in the best way.

WHO SHOULD HIRE ME: All the off-pavement, dirt-loving, trail running ladies: YES, YOU! Women can use some of the same training and recovery fundamentals as the men out there, but it just won’t work as well. We strong and tenacious females need to adjust just a few things in order to fly through our miles with grit and joy. Our bodies react to workouts, food, and even rest based on where we are in our cycle – and it makes a huge difference in how you should approach each day’s activities.

HOW I WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED: I have 30+ years running experience: twenty years in ultramarathons! My miles and my finishes are plenty (see below for details), and you can learn from both my tenacity and my missteps: THAT’S how I get better and help you. You can learn a LOT from a DNF and I have a good handful of those, too.

My knowledge is made even better by dozens of other ultrarunning experts that line my bookshelves. Some I call personal friends. I’m thrilled to have read some of the best cutting-edge research done on women in endurance sports. Finally, research on women! Thank you to Dr. Stacy Sims and her incredible team of researchers.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN: You and I will go over your training history and how you want to grow. We have lots of choices: I can help you in the final weeks before your event to pick out gear or even give you the low-down on what to eat. Or, we can build from the ground up so that you can run your first 50K, 50 miler, 100K or more! Pick my brain for a whole 2 hours for a one-time consulting fee of $129. Ongoing monthly coaching is $100. Need special extra goodies (wake-up calls, crew plans, motivational chocolate shipments)? Drop me an email and we’ll work out a plan.

Ready to begin, right away? Fantastic: I love a person who’s decisive! You have two options: ongoing coaching or a one-time 2 hour consultation.

One Time 2-Hour Consult $129

Monthly $100 (Recurring)

Or, just want to chat first? No problem! Just fill out your name and email to get your coaching needs narrowed down.

ANDREA’S ULTRA EXPERIENCE: I started running on track and trail in 1988 (hello, Nike Air Pegasus!) and running ultramarathons in 1997. My racing highlights:

  • Hardrock Hundred (3 finishes)
  • 100 Mile WIN at Antelope Island Buffalo Run in March 2019: 21:32:00 PR at age 44!
  • 50K PR at the age of 44 in 5:16:xx (down from 5:22 in 2004 at age 30!)
  • Wasatch Front 100 (2 finishes, best time 30:46)
  • San Diego 100 (3 finishes, PR of 27:27:xx in 2019)
  • Angeles Crest 100
  • Black Canyon 100K (2 finishes)
  • San Joachin 100K (first female in 2017 while negative splitting)
  • San Juan Solstice 50 Mile (2 finishes)
  • Old Pueblo 50M (2 finishes, one sub-11 hours)
  • Pikes Peak Marathon (3 finishes including a double)
  • a good handful more over here at Ultrasignup.

Other Adventures: in 2017 I thru-hiked the Colorado Trail solo in 25 days, and I have run the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim, solo, TWICE. My 2nd Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim was on my 44th birthday, in a new PR of 13 hours and change. I’ve also run some road races in my mid-30s and did pretty well for a tenacious runner:

  • Boston Marathon (2 finishes)
  • Napa Valley Marathon (3:21 PR)
  • Half-marathon PR at 5000′ elevation: 1:35:50