Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m Nicki – married to Tim, mom/stepmom/dog mom, runner, marathoner, running coach. Lover of downhill skiing, water sports, documentaries, country music, family dinners, sunsets, active wear, big goals, adventures. Second-time blogger – check out my first blog about our trek to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Here you’ll read about my journey as a runner and coach, along with running related stories and tips that I hope will inform, inspire and entertain (because hey, while I’m at it, I plan to have some fun!)
5 years ago I was in my mid-40’s, tired, stressed and overwhelmed, managing a demanding career and life in our blended family of 6. Having been a recreational runner for 20+ years and looking for an outlet, I started working with a running coach with a goal to run my first marathon. This is when running changed my life. I loved the sense of accomplishment from each day of training, and from setting and pursuing a big scary goal. I just felt good, fit and healthy, and running fueled my fire to push myself in all aspects of my life. I haven’t looked back since.
This year (2021), I retired from that career and am excited to now focus my energy on my passion for running and serving other runners – as a coach, writing this blog, and in the running community. If my work inspires just one person to lace up their shoes, challenge themselves, or begin to believe they are capable of more, it will all be worth it.
Here’s what you’ll find in my blog:
- I’ll document my running journey – training, racing, strength training, injuries, nutrition, recovery. I commit to sharing the real deal including the personal victories and struggles along the way.
- I’ll share coaching tips, recommendations, and advice that I share with my athletes
- Pictures! I love snapping photos when I’m out on the run, especially when I find a new route or catch an incredible sunrise.
- Finally, I’ll feature other everyday runners who are doing extraordinary things. The running community is filled with incredible people and I hope that their stories will inspire you just like they’ve inspired me.
I hope that you’ll follow along, leave me a comment or question and let me know what you’d like to hear more about.
Until next time…. happy running!
To learn more – visit my website Run | Rise | Shine
Find me on Instagram @run.rise.shine