Coastal Trail in Miwok 2014

Runner, Coach & Writer

Welcome! I’m a Bay Area-based runner and writer, and this site spotlights my coaching services and writing portfolio.

I coach clients of all ability levels who want to improve as long-distance runners and enhance their fitness. In particular, I specialize in helping road runners transition to trail running, and marathoners transition to ultra distances. My approach to coaching emphasizes moderation, injury prevention, and making a training schedule that works with a busy person’s real life. Please see my coaching page.

I also cover the sport of trail/ultra running for Trail Runner magazine, and other outlets, and I seek freelance feature writing assignments related to running, outdoor adventure, fitness and travel. Please see my portfolio for recently published work and contact me for assignments.

Racing in the Lake Sonoma 50 miler in 2013, the bib number matching my age!

Running & Coaching Background

As a late-blooming athlete now in my mid-40s, I truly enjoy helping other adults discover running—or, helping them get back to it after an extended time off. Since taking up running in 1994, I’ve raced at distances from the 5K to 100 miles, and twice finished a multi-day, self-supported 165-mile desert-crossing race (both times winning my division and placing in the top three among women). Here’s my list of running credentials & racing highlights.

Smith family camping in Grand Canyon 2013

Family Adventure & Travel Writing

My most important job is being a mom to my two teenagers. As a family, we love adventurous and authentic travel, believing it’s the best form of education. (This photo shows us during an eight-day Colorado River rafting and camping trip.) In 2009 when the kids were 11 and 8, we went on a year-long trip around the world, during which we reduced our belongings to one bag each and taught the kids the equivalent of 6th and 3rd grade on the road. For samples of my travel writing, see my portfolio or my blog’s destinations category.

Ellie Greenwood in Trail Runner injury article

Featured Recently Published Article

In “The Injury Games,” a feature article for the October 2014 issue of Trail Runner, I interviewed several elite athletes and coaches, including Ellie Greenwood (pictured above), to explore the emotional impact of long-term running-related injuries. The article—which wove in my personal story—provided practical and empathetic advice for coping with run-stopping maladies. Read the Trail Runner article and see additional samples of published work.

family foursome on Thacher visit 10.27.14

A Bit More About Me …

Yes, I have a life outside of trail running and adventure travel! To learn more about my professional background, please view my LinkedIn profile. This family photo from 2014 shows my daughter Colly (16), my son Kyle (13), and my husband of almost 25 years, Morgan. I’m originally from Ojai (in Southern California), and our family has lived in the East Bay Area town of Piedmont since 2000.

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