The Trail Transformation Team
The Trail Transformation coaches have run and won many of the ultramarathons around the Upper Midwest. With backgrounds in Exercise and Sports Science and Physical Therapy, they can address the physiology, running mechanics, injury prevention, periodization, nutrition, and psychology of running. More mileage and higher intensity workouts is not always better, especially in the longevity of a running career. We are focused on developing a lifelong runner. It is our responsibility to forgo the short-term success and protect the long-term health and development of the runner.
We help all runners stay injury free while training to their maximum potential so they can reach their running goals.
Coach & Founder
Way back in 7th grade, I was chasing a cute girl around the playground and she convinced me to join the cross country team. I have been running ever since and that girl is now my wife.
I have enjoyed the countless opportunities running has to offer. Chasing top end speed in a collegiate 5k, grinding away in a road marathon, or pushing the extremes of mental and physical endurance in 100 mile trail race. Running has made me who I am today. My goal as a coach is to meet you where you are, help you get to where you want to be, and make sure you are having fun along the way! While performing well at the next big race is important, creating a healthy, strong, sustainable, and life long runner is my ultimate goal.
As a senior in high school, I decided to challenge myself and embark on my first marathon. I ran track and cross country but was just going through the motions. It wasn't until I took that leap in distance that I truly fell in love with the sport. Since then, I have developed a deep passion and joy for the running, and as a coach, I strive to share that with my clients.
I hope all my clients find a challenge, commit, and never look back. My goal is to help people find consistency and passion for running (and life) and to bring longevity and success in this great sport.
My running journey started with my first 5k with my dad. I was about 10 years old and couldn't imagine the impact it would have on my life and where it would take me.
From running for my high school, two colleges and post-collegiately, I've been able to literally see the world and become immersed in the most amazing group of people I could imagine being involved with.
Coaching alongside my best friends brings my whole journey full circle and drives me every day in my personal training and working with my amazing clients.
I got into running in high school, as a way to push my body and challenge myself in ways that I wasn't sure were possible. Continuing to push those limits is what brought me to where I am today. Running has unlocked so many doors for me, and that's why I want to share with everyone.
As a coach, I love seeing athletes push the boundaries of what they think is possible. I am very passionate about helping athletes unlock their true potential not only in endurance racing but in all aspects of life. My coaching philosophy is rooted in finding a balance in life with a mission of keeping the body healthy and the mind happy. This is my goal for every athlete.
Running has enhanced my life in countless ways, and I can’t imagine life without it. I love the simplicity and pureness of the sport - how it’s a mix of both art and science. In addition to challenging myself physically and mentally, I’m grateful for the many friends I’ve made through running as well. Due to frustrations with injury in high school and college, I decided to become a Physical Therapist so I can help runners stay healthy.
As a coach, it is my goal to help develop a customized training plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals - whether that’s running a personal best or conquering a new distance. I integrate principles from physical therapy to help minimize injury and maximize your success.
Running has taught me more than I could imagine. I don't run to stay in shape, so that I can eat whatever I want, or because I feel like I have to. I run because I love it. I love the freedom, power, happiness, and confidence it makes me feel. It gives me time to myself to think, relax, and step away from the chaos of life.
Throughout my early years in the sport my relationship with running had some really high points and really low points, as did my relationship with food. At the time, I wished I had someone along who understood both running and what was happening with my nutrition. I couldn't find that. Now, each day I am thankful for the fact that I get to be that person for others who understands both factors and how they can be used together. I strive to help other runners deepen their love of running, reach goals they didn't know they had, and improve their nutrition and overall health.
Running has been something that has transformed my life in a lot of ways. I didn’t really get into it until college, where I first did a triathlon.
Down the road I ended up meeting Jake, Mike and Tyler through the community surrounding Grand Bluff Running. Jake and Mike convinced me to sign up for Voyageur. It was a miserable 12 hour adventure, but it sparked something.
Since then, I've had the opportunity to travel around the US and experience all sorts of different races. Seeing the grit and fortitude from runners the world over has been amazing, and there is nothing better than helping runners complete their journey's.