Hi there! Welcome to Strong to the Core and my coaching page! A little about me… I’m an avid runner and love running long distances. Over the past 10 years, I have logged more than 15,000 miles in my running shoes. I’ve ran 50+ Half Marathons, 20 full Marathons and numerous smaller distances races with a few OCR’s thrown in.
I am Level I and Level II Certified through the Road Runner Club of America, Galloway Certified and also a Certified Coach through Revolution Running. I am the Owner and Head Coach of Moms on the Run Jacksonville, Founder and Coach of Strong to the Core, Coach for Charge Running, a marathon & half marathon pacer for Galloway and Marathon Pacing. I absolutely love what I do for a living! Seeing my runners and friends improve their health and fitness, become stronger and faster runners is extremely rewarding and so much fun! Helping strangers on a race course reach their time goals while chatting about running and life along the way is a blast!
One of my favorite races in 2015…wait who am I kidding, I loved them all! Seriously though, one of my favs was the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC. I ran for the Burma Humanitarian Mission which made the training and race even more memorable. Read all about the cause here. I have ran several other major marathons including Chicago and New York.
I’m not an elite runner, but my passion for this sport keeps me pushing to be better, to know more, and to share my knowledge with others.
Running became a passion for me after I had my son in 2010. I was overweight from the pregnancy and wanted so badly to get back to a healthy size. I was walking a lot but I just wasn’t burning enough calories and the weight wasn’t coming off. My mom, a long time runner, suggested starting a run/walk routine that would ease me into it. I balked for a while but she finally got me out there and within four months I had shed 60 pounds and felt amazing. Fast forward 8 years and I am still running and the weight has stayed off!
In our house we make running and being active a family affair. My son Silas has done several 1 mile fun runs, a few 5Ks and even got a first place finish! I love to see families being active together Teaching children the importance of being active when they are young will help them live a healthy lifestyle. But you can’t just tell them…you have to show them!
In 2017, I decided to take a leap of faith and started Moms on the Run Jacksonville. My goal is to help women get off the couch, make time for themselves, and get healthy and fit while having fun and meeting new friends. Now is our 4th year of Moms on the Run, we have 2 locations and are helping over 60 women each season. I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with so many wonderful ladies and we’re consistently growing and helping more women! Looking for a fun group of women to run with in Jacksonville, Florida? Check out Moms on the Run Jacksonville.
In 2019, I joined the team at Charge Running. Charge is a live running app where runners can run with a live coach and others around the world. I coach 10-14 live runs each week ranging from easy walk to run and base runs to tempo and speed workouts including to weekly Track Attack sessions. If you run alone, check out Charge you will be running stronger and longer and be hooked in no time!
Coaching virtually is another great way to connect with runners all over the world. Through Final Surge, I am able to help runners in other areas reach their goals. If you’re looking for a running coach to help you reach your goals, find out more about me and my one on one coaching here.
Happy Running! — Amy