Ian Tovell, Ironman Athlete, Founder of I-Tri Performance & Volunteer Director at Propel

A swimmer at age 5 and a runner at age 12. Ian Tovell has completed a full Ironman in under 12 hours, several half Ironmans and hundreds of races over the years including 10 Half Marathons and 6 Marathons. Last year he set the course record at Peaks to Portland, swimming 2.4 miles in under an hour. "Because he's a beast." Meet Ian, our newest Mindbosa brand ambassador.

What keeps you going? What are you the most passionate about today at age 29? 

That is a great question. Sometimes I ask myself the same thing, why do I keep doing these things. I think when it comes down to it what keeps me going is trying to push myself to the limits both physically and mentally every single day. That is why I continue to do races whether it be a 5k, marathon or even Ironman competitions as I believe I can always improve and get faster. Over the past 15 years, I keep finding new things that keep my love for competition strong. Currently, running is what I am most focused on right now and am working to qualify for the Boston Marathon this fall at either the Chicago Marathon or the Dublin Marathon. I am fortunate enough to be raising money for St. Jude's Children Hospital for the Chicago Marathon. My fundraising page can be found below. 

To qualify for Boston, the time I have to run is 3:05. I have some work to do this summer to ensure I am reaching my goal. But overall at this point in my life, I am passionate about being the best I can be whether it be professionally, or personally, and trying to find my place in this world and continue to grow as much as I can.

What opportunities has being an athlete provided you? 

I think being an athlete opens a ton of opportunities no matter what level you are competing at. Personally, some of my closest, lifelong friends are people I have met through sports whether in High School or during my college career as a D1 runner and triathlete. In addition to the people you meet along the way, being an athlete has taught me a lot about discipline and helped me focus more in school and be a better person and a better student. Being an athlete also prepared me for failure and taught me how to be adaptable which I have been able to take into my professional life. The other opportunity being an athlete has provided me is that I have had the chance to travel all over the world including places like Austria, Finland, Germany, Brazil, and other amazing countries. Being an athlete has molded me into the person I am today and is a big part of my personality. I don’t think I would change anything about my experience.

What is I-Tri Performance? 

I-Tri Performance is my personal running coaching site I started about a year ago. I started my business in response for a few friends looking for running help and training plans for specific races they were doing. I wanted to give back to the running community and try to help people who need someone to hold them accountable or just need a little more guidance with their training plan. If you or someone you know needs some guidance or a customized plan, feel free to check out my site and plans.

How has running affected your relationships with family, friends, and community?

Running has had a significant impact on me and everyone that is in my life. Running has shaped me into the person I am today and has given me the opportunity to meet so many awesome people. It has helped me engage with the local Maine community and foster new relationships with those who share my passion for competition. Training takes up a lot of time, and without the support of my friends and family, I wouldn’t have been able to put in as much time as I do. Being part of the running community has been a great privilege, as everyone is so supportive of each other.

A Message from Ashely Robinson Tovell (Ian's wife) 

Ian is not only the most selfless person I know, but with everyday that passes those around him find countless more ways to love him. I am so truly lucky to call him my husband. He is my inspiration.

In one word, Ashley best describes Ian as "Authentic."

What's a hurdle you've overcome? What lessons did you learn and can you share advice for someone experiencing something similar? 

I have been fortunate enough throughout my athletic career as I have never had a serious hurdle I have had to overcome as others have. But I think every athlete no matter what level you are at you go through peaks and valleys when it comes to physical and mental motivation and health.  The real struggle is when you are in a valley how are you going to get through it and make it to the other side to enjoy the peak that we all love. After I completed an Ironman last August, I have been in a constant valley when it comes to both mental and physical strength. I have not had the motivation to get out and train at the level I was, and mentally I felt drained. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me since a huge part of my identity is being an athlete. But it is this time where mental toughness takes over, and you need to remind yourself you are going to get through this and make it to the other side. The way I dealt with the valley was to dial back and fall back in love with training and racing by doing different workouts that were fun. The main thing I focused on was not to put pressure on myself to train or get that workout done, by doing this I was able to enjoy everything I was doing and start to have fun with training again. I think if I had any advice for someone going through something similar is that this time will pass and you will get through the low point. You need to stay strong and find ways to make training fun and new because if you keep pounding the pavement, you will lose yourself and lose the love of the sport.  

I think Ian forgot to mention this hurdle! Ouch! 

"Always be careful and mindful when biking!"  #nofilter   #fightclub   #bikesafety

"Always be careful and mindful when biking!" #nofilter #fightclub #bikesafety

Is having a daily routine and setting goals vital to you? 

Yeah, I think it is very vital for me to have a routine and a goal I am working towards. By having a daily routine, I can make sure I am giving enough time to my training as well as my personal and professional life. I keep a calendar of everything I have to do that week to make sure I do not over schedule myself or get involved in too many things. By following a written calendar, it holds me accountable and serves as a daily reminder of my goals. I try to make sure I go to bed at the same time as well as get up at the same time to get my body in a routine. As far as goals, I think goals are essential to have not just in athletics but in your life as a whole. I think we always need to be setting goals, so we push ourselves to be better, and if we accomplish one goal, we set another one. For me, goals have helped me become a better overall person and has helped me achieve a lot of my athletic and professional goals.

Many people associate running with not being able to breathe. Would you say running has allowed you to breathe easier in everyday life? 

Running for me is my release, it is my happy place. If I ever have a bad day, I am angry, sad, etc., running helps keep my head clear and think my thoughts out. I can’t tell you how many times I have made major decisions while out running. Running has become part of my daily routine, and if I miss running a few days in a row, I start to get very anxious until I go out for a run, and then all my worries and nerves go away. Running has given me the ability to “breathe” and deal with everyday stresses.

Do you have a mantra you repeat during training or racing? 

It is funny I don’t think I have one go to saying that I go to, but there are many things I think about while I am training or racing. It usually is an upbeat song, something that has a good beat to keep me distracted and to give me a good pattern to run or bike to. When I swim, it tends to be internally singing 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees because it gives me a good pace for my arms to be moving. It's important for me when I am working out to try to stay relaxed as possible and let my brain go wherever it needs to. A lot of my thinking comes when I am training, and usually near the end of a tough workout, my mantra usually is something along the lines of, “just get to the next telephone pole,” then repeat that until I am done with the training. 

Aside from being a competitive athlete, you are the Director of Program Management at Propel. How did you get involved with Propel and what does your current role include? Do you have any upcoming events I can share? 

I found out about Propel on accident.  I am active on Linkedin and connect with people all the time, and one of my connections wrote how she was leaving Propel and how it was such a great organization.  So, I started to look into what Propel was, and I connected with the mission and wanted to be involved. I reached out to the President and got involved right away.  My current role for Propel is Director of Program Management, and what I do is help make sure all our programs have the resources they need to be successful and we as a group, are putting on events to engage the community and young professionals.  
We have a great event coming up called Ignition Awards on June 28 at Tiqa. This is our event of the year recognizing great businesses all throughout Maine.  We have various awards we give out based on nominations from the public.  At Propel, we believe Maine is a great state to start a business, and we get to see all the small and large awesome businesses that are helping Maine grow and thrive.  Some of the categories are Hustler of the Year, Growth Stimulation Award, and our newest award Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 

PROPEL’s Mission is to help businesses and young professionals thrive in Maine through member engagement and uniting organizations.

PROPEL’s Mission is to help businesses and young professionals thrive in Maine through member engagement and uniting organizations.

What is the next checkmark on your bucket list? 

At this point, it is hard to know, but I think the next thing I want to accomplish after I qualify for the Boston Marathon would be doing an ultramarathon preferably on the trail. I think I will start with a 50k and work my way up to a 100k.

What is your favorite "can't live without it" app you use and why? 

My favorite app I always need to have is my TrainingPeaks app because without it I would not know what workouts I should be doing and where my fitness is currently.  

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote? 

“To Give Anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” ~Steve Prefontaine~


In one word, describe yourself: 



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Misti Sims, MS & Adoption Advocate & "Mighty" Running Warrior

I met Misti in the EVEN Hotel (a runner's paradise) lobby in Brooklyn the morning of the 2018 NYC Half Marathon. I had called for a taxi, was nervously waiting and offered Misti to ride with me. Of course, the taxi never came. We stuck together and navigated the NYC Subway with a mother/daughter duo we'd also met in the lobby. We swapped stories and names and post race I managed to track Misti down on Facebook. We met for coffee the next morning, and thus the inspiration and creation of this blog feature. -Jessica Lea Nolette (blog creator) 

In many of my blogs, I've mentioned hardships in life becoming blessings in personal growth and achievement. Can you tell us about your diagnosis of MS and how it's lead you to run marathons and advocacy?

I was diagnosed with MS in February 2011 when I was about 214 pounds. My husband Jason and I were in the depths of fertility treatments, and I was in a state of depression with our struggle to become parents. Between the fertility treatments, depression, and eating, I was a mess. Then boom. I found out I had MS. It started with pain in my left eye, to which I ignored for weeks. Then, I woke up one day with numbness and tingling on the left side (head, arm, leg) of my body. I couldn't get into visit my family doctor, so I saw his nurse practitioner. I assumed I would just be given a steroid pack and be on my merry way but she insisted on an emergency MRI, to which, I obliged. I had the MRI at 11 am that Friday morning and by 4:07 pm on the same Friday my doctor's office called and on the other end was my doctor's voice. He asked me if I was driving, to which I said, no. He asked if I was home alone, to which I said, yes. He asked me to sit down, to which, I did not. I paced the living room for what seemed was hours and was only second's. At that point, he informed me I had the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. 


I was never a runner. In September of 2014, at 214 pounds, I hired a trainer, and one month later I ran for the very first time. It was a 5k. :-) 

I was SO proud of myself. A former client of mine emailed me in November of 2014 to try to get a spot on the National MS Team to run the NYC Half Marathon. I basically, laughed. I thought to myself how adorable she was to EVEN think I could ever do such a long run. I wrote my story and never expected to ever hear from anyone about it. A few weeks later I received an email saying I was on the team and it changed my life.

Can you give us a brief background about MS? What is it and how many people are affected by this disease?

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. It's referred to as the "snowflake" disease because no two people with MS are alike with their symptoms. It affects around 400,000 people in the US and mostly women.

How has this experience positively affected your relationship with your family, friends, and community?

I only spent a few days feeling sad for myself. I stayed off the internet and instead bought books to help educate my family and myself. The internet can be a very dark, depressive place. I was adamant about not using the internet to research a disease I knew nothing about, and I had. The diagnosis changed me! It's important to state it changed me for the better. My family and friends have become my support system. They have helped raise awareness, money and lifted me up when I sometimes feel down. Our son was born after the diagnosis, so MS is what he knows of me and he will never recall a time I didn't have it. Since he was a baby he's gone to MS Walks with me. I speak to him often about MS so he is never scared. He knows he can come to me with any questions today, or any day, no matter how old he is. He's excited to go to Cleveland Clinic with me in May for a follow-up visit so he can meet the doctors and infusion nurses who take care of his mommy. It's important to me he understands what happens when I leave town for treatment and is never scared. 

"Just trailblazing through life! Dose two has officially started. It's my turn MS!!" 🎗

"Just trailblazing through life! Dose two has officially started. It's my turn MS!!" 🎗

My community is amazing. They refer to me as "Mighty Misti!" Many people have reached out to me with their own stories. Most of all, my community truly cares about me, and that in itself inspires me. 

When did you realize you wanted to advocate for MS and share your personal story with others?

It was shortly after my diagnosis that I knew I wanted to advocate and share my story. My heart told me this was something that was important and I listened. Seven years later, I wouldn't change a thing. I have raised money, awareness and advocation is my new passion. I have gotten to tell my story to MS doctors and MS researchers at Cleveland Clinic. The same people who work tirelessly on a cure have heard me speak, and that makes everything come full circle.

Aside from running, what are some of your other passions?  

Besides running, I am an adoption advocate as well. I also work very hard to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. I have learned the importance of food choices for myself and family. I lost 50 pounds. I live a fairly clean life of eating, juicing and exercising. 

"Trust me when I say  #anythingispossible  you just have to start!" 

"Trust me when I say #anythingispossible you just have to start!" 

Of course, my number one passion is our 5-year-old son, Maxin. I think he has inspired me the most. I want him to know that no matter the hand you are dealt, you get to decide what you make of it. He sees me run long distances, tackle spartan races and thinks I'm a total superhero. All the while, he's the real superhero. He doesn't remember I have MS every day, just on days I feel extra sick and pats my head and brings me ice packs. The truest of love from a 5-year-old.

What is your next race on the horizon and how can our readers support your cause? 

My next race is the Boston Marathon on April 16th. I am on the National MS Team, and readers can go to this link here to donate. It sure would be appreciated. 


How important is goal setting for you?

Goal setting is tremendously important to me. It seriously gets me out of bed in the morning. It offers me a structure that I crave. Everyone should have a goal no matter how big or small.

What is your proudest personal and professional accomplishment?

My proudest personal accomplishment is when we adopted Maxin at birth. We have an amazing adoption story that is forever ours.

"My favorite guy!! There are no words in the dictionary I can think of to describe the happiness he has brought to my life." Photo Credit:  @livhefnerphotography  

"My favorite guy!! There are no words in the dictionary I can think of to describe the happiness he has brought to my life." Photo Credit: @livhefnerphotography 

Also, when I completed The NYC Half Marathon and The NYC Marathon, both in 2015.

"The day I said I did it. The day I said I will never give up and I will never quit. Where memories of pain, turned into memories of a goal I was out to obtain. It took more physical and mental strength and training than I could have ever imagined. I hit physical and emotional walls I never knew existed but when I crossed that finish line, I became 1% of the worlds population and that moment is why I wanted to start training again!"  #nycmarathon2015

"The day I said I did it. The day I said I will never give up and I will never quit. Where memories of pain, turned into memories of a goal I was out to obtain. It took more physical and mental strength and training than I could have ever imagined. I hit physical and emotional walls I never knew existed but when I crossed that finish line, I became 1% of the worlds population and that moment is why I wanted to start training again!"

"My proudest professional accomplishment would probably be when I was voted top 40 under 40 business professional's in the state of West Virginia.

"My proudest professional accomplishment would probably be when I was voted top 40 under 40 business professional's in the state of West Virginia.


Misti is the owner of Little Black Dress Events 

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 Photo by - The Oberports

 Photo by - The Oberports


What is something not many people know about you?

Not many people know sometimes, I can be consumed with anxiety. It is never a great place to be. Also, after losing 50 pounds, I am definitely harder on myself and my body image. 

I'd like to share a message with the world on your behalf, what should I share?

The world is made up of many “snowflakes,” not just those of us who have MS. I just happen to have MS. We are all different and fighting our own battles. Choose kindness over cruelty, choose positive actions over negative words. We are all in this game of life together.

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote? 

“You either get bitter or you get better. It's that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” - John Shipp

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Cat Runs NYC, Founder of We Run NYC Running Club

I am fortunate to have found The United NYC Half Marathon Facebook group and to connect with Cesar Trelles, its founder. On Sunday, Cesar and I will run the 13.1 miles through 5 boroughs of iconic NYC. From the ground up, Cesar has brought 1000's of runners together over the bond of running. For one I am grateful for his dedication to the sport of running and excited to meet in person. Here's a glimpse of Cesar's life and passion for running.

What inspired you to create Cat Runs NYC, a running club and furthermore, social media groups to connect runners? 

I started CAT Runs NYC last November after finally qualifying for the 2018 NYC Marathon. I qualified by completing The New York Road Runners 9+1 Program which means I ran 9 of their races and volunteered for 1. Since I had never run a marathon before, I thought the road to preparing for a marathon is likely an interesting one. I figured why not document it and at the same time, inspire people to pick up running on their own. The Facebook groups I have created are simply an attempt to reach out and connect with other runners. I think the running community, in general, is a very motivational and strong-willed community, hence why I wanted to bring like-minded people together!


We Run NYC Running Club is a running club whose simple purpose is to unite runners from all around the world with one common bond - we all love to run in NYC!" More Here

Would you say running improves your relationship with family, community, and coworkers? 

I think it definitely does improve family and community relationships. Running takes dedication and motivation. If you can be motivated and dedicated to running, people will notice and appreciate your hard work ethic.


What is one thing you think all runners have in common? 

Runners tend to be highly motivated people. Talk to any runner about the first half-mile, and they will tell you they want to stop. But they don’t. Runners know there are miles ahead, so they keep going and going and going till they reach their destination. Not only that, but runners strive to improve their pace and results. Runners sense of community is amazing. They are always looking to help further a runner with knowledge, tips or even physical help when a runner is down during a race. It’s a sense of community you don’t find in any other sport.  

How important is it for you and generally speaking for people to set personal goals? 

I think setting goals is extremely important no matter what your status is in life. It keeps you motivated and from becoming complacent with yourself.  


Proceeds benefit  Depression2Extinction

"On March 2018 as I run the NYC Half Marathon, I want to run on behalf of “  Depression 2 Extinction  ” to help raise awareness to this illness. Today many still suffer from it and the battle is always ongoing. Any donation you can give towards this cause is greatly appreciated!" Donations can be made   HERE  . 

"On March 2018 as I run the NYC Half Marathon, I want to run on behalf of “Depression 2 Extinction” to help raise awareness to this illness. Today many still suffer from it and the battle is always ongoing. Any donation you can give towards this cause is greatly appreciated!" Donations can be made HERE

What motivates you the most? 

Race Days. I am easily motivated to do training runs especially after thinking about where I was 3 years ago with my weight. Race day is something unique. The vibe and energy of the crowds can do amazing things for a runner. My adrenaline goes through the roof, all of the training I have done leading up to a race pours out of me on race day.


What is your favorite running app?

It used to be Under Armour’s, Map My Fitness but now it is Strava. The amount of information Strava provides is amazing. Plus, the community aspect of it lets you interact with your runner friends also on Strava. I think it’s pretty cool! LOL!

Can you share the most helpful piece of advice you've ever received? 

Fear is your worst enemy. Conquer fear and you will conquer life. To this day I haven't conquered all my fears but each fear I face, I know I am becoming a better person! 

"I am a busy person just like most of you are! But I refuse to let that stop me. Get out and make time for yourself. Exercise, run and make that the best part of your day!" -CatRunsNYC

"I am a busy person just like most of you are! But I refuse to let that stop me. Get out and make time for yourself. Exercise, run and make that the best part of your day!" -CatRunsNYC

What is your proudest personal and professional accomplishment? 

Definitely, my proudest personal accomplishment is buying my own home. Growing up my mom couldn’t afford her own house. Professionally, while I have managed to land a successful job for many years, I still think my proudest professional moment is still to come. While I have done well for myself professionally, I can’t say I am passionate about those accomplishments. The best is yet to come from me!  

You are established and have a successful career in finance. What's next for you?

Successful doesn’t necessarily mean gratifying. While my career has allowed me to live comfortably and reach goals I have aspired for, there is a personal satisfaction I still need to be fulfilled. I want to help others in general. I want to share the knowledge I’ve amassed over the years. Running and motivational know-how is what comes to mind when asked what I want to share. I also want to help young folks who may be misguided or not have the solid family structure to guide them. I can’t pinpoint how I will do this. Therein lies a challenge for me and right now, that challenge has been accepted!!

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote? 

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
— - Fred Lebow

I love this quote because it applies to runners in general and obviously you know I love running. It also speaks to the notion of seeing things through to the end. It bothers me when people start something and never finish it. They never see their potential. And if you finish it and it wasn’t the outcome you liked, well at least you know that now and it’s onto the next thing. 

In one word describe yourself: 

Man, one word! I can think of phrases, like always thinking of the next move. But one word? Energetic 

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Terry Chiplin, Healthy Living Ambassador, Runner, Ultra Entrepreneur

Terry is a running coach and life coach and is also the owner of Active at Altitude, in addition to, being a director, member, training partner and facilitator for The US Trail Running Conference & the Official Training Partner for Vacation Races. Over the years, Terry has become an ambassador for healthy living. activacuity (his latest development) is not just for runners, but for all performance athletes seeking to enhance their focus, confidence, and experience. Thanks to, LinkedIn, I was able to connect with Terry, who lives in Colorado.  We shared personal stories about our history, struggles, and experiences. Terry is a remarkable individual with whom I couldn't be more grateful to connect and share his story. I think the universe is telling me I need to make a trip to The Rockies! 

Written on your Facebook: 

Every moment of our lives we have a choice... I choose to be alive and in the present and to be thankful for all that I have been given.

What does living in the present mean to you and where might you be today, without running in your life? 

Living in the present has been a journey with various stopping and learning points along the way. Currently, one of the strongest determining factors for me is to be able to be living in gratitude. If I'm not able to be aware of how grateful I am for this moment, then I am likely being pulled to either the past or the future. Without running I would be somewhere very different. Possibly still in England, and working a corporate job and having my heart broken each day by what I was missing!

Can you give us a bit of your running and entrepreneurial history? 

I like to think I have been running all my life... my parents never had a car growing up in London, so I ran or biked everywhere for many many years. I just loved to run, that feeling of letting my legs fly and seeing just how fast I could go...ran shorter distances on grass at primary school (English version of Elementary) and loved the excitement of competition, and the feeling of winning. At grammar school (English equivalent of high school), I ran 100 yards and 220 yards on cinders and grass tracks. I also played football and rugby, and cricket, altho that was soo boring! Up until the age of around 15, I had won every race that I entered. Then the other guys started developing more power, and my lean physique was no match for that in sprints, so I started losing...I still enjoyed running, while competition didn't have the same glow as it used to. 

Work - spent many years in the automotive industry in different positions. Love driving, and looking after cars. My last corporate role before we moved to Colorado was a business development executive, a sales guy for a vehicle finance company. Taught me a ton about sales, that has been really useful as an entrepreneur!

My Current Projects:

Active at Altitude - we have five adult running camps scheduled for 2018. I am the Camp Director and main coach for the camps, that all take place in majestic Estes Park, Colorado, with runs from 7,500 feet to over 12,000 feet! Each of our camps includes information on Lydiard training principles, following the guidelines laid down by Arthur Lydiard, the most successful running coach in history. Our beginner women's running camp in June, and co-ed Spring trail running camp in May are both sold out, breaking records by selling out by the beginning of January! We have places available for our advanced women's running camp in July, our intermediate women's running camp in August, and our co-ed Fall trail running camp in September. Our women's running camps have been featured in Runners World, Women's Running, and by Shape Magazine as a "once in a lifetime fitness retreat for women." Our trail running camps have also been featured in Trail Runner Magazine and Competitor, and by CNN as one of the top eleven adult running camps in the US. 

"I learned so much that week of camp: The proper way to do speed drills on the track, how to run tempo runs, hill sprints, and proper strengthening exercises (my favorite activity was running in water). I learned about goal setting and doing positive imagery exercises before runs. All of these lessons made me a stronger runner physically and mentally. But the biggest surprise for me that week was a newfound excitement and energy for running. For many years I was tied to a training schedule, and the only thing I focused on was completing my weekly mileage. Although I love building up mileage and seeing my fitness improve, I was tired of that routine and knew I needed to change my methods.
Your camp, your knowledge and positive attitude was just what I needed to invigorate my body and soul. I left camp feeling refreshed, inspired, empowered and energized. Terry, your outlook on life, the love you have for the sport, the knowledge you shared, and the positive way you encouraged all of us, was transforming.  Learning from you in breathtaking Estes Park and getting to know the other six amazingly strong women that week exceeded my expectations." -Kim (a runner from Idaho)

US Trail Running Conference - moving outside of Colorado for the first time in its six-year history, this industry-leading Conference connects and empowers race directors, trail runners, and trade leaders, and works to share best practices with the trail running community. I am the Event Director and own the Conference brand. This year's Conference takes place August 29-31 in San Luis Obispo, CA, and registration is open for all trail race directors, trail runners, sponsors, and exhibitors, and includes a discounted entry offer for any of the SLO Ultra races on September 1, 2018. This year the US Trail Running Conference is seeking to be the first sport-related Conference to be awarded a certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for the 2018 event, in partnership with Ragnar Events. The Conference is also held in partnership with the American Trail Running Association, and Race SLO.

activacuity - is about to launch the new website and a targeted marketing campaign!

Vacation Races - 11 half marathon races at some of the nation's most breathtaking destinations, National Parks around North America. I am their Official Training Partner. - See more details at

Tell us about your latest development, activacuity. 

It's a mental training app for athletes. Uses a combination of proven sports science techniques and neural techniques to generate new positive ways of thinking. It's a very powerful tool and one I am super excited about. Have had glowing responses from athletes and coaches so far.

"Terry Chiplin & Melody Fairchild introduce activacuity, the first guided imagery app for athletes. The app gives short daily sessions for enhanced focus, confidence & performance for athletes of all abilities."

How did this idea come about? 

My wife and I had been meditating on a regular basis using an app called Headspace. Really enjoyed learning about meditation, and then one day during a meditation, my mind was quiet, absolute peace, nothing happening. Have no idea how long I was in that place... then I heard a voice, and the voice said, you are going to do an app, and you know exactly what to do.... when the meditation finished, it was amazing. I had not thought of creating an app before, yet I did know exactly what to do as if it had been in my mind in some way all the time. It was very surreal, and sublime, at the same time.

"Throwback to a run a couple of weeks back with Jacqueline and Coco." -TC

"Throwback to a run a couple of weeks back with Jacqueline and Coco." -TC

Do you believe in coincidence and/or cosmic connections?

I believe that we have choices every moment of every day and that there are connections open to us no matter which choice we make.

Do you believe our inner world shapes our outer world? Or, does our outer world shape our inner world?

Inner world comes first. It took me a while to realize it, however, my experiences have taught me that how we see ourselves, and our place in the world has a huge impact on the world we experience. Thoughts become things!  

What is one challenge and lesson you've learned from your experience as a founder, owner, and coach? 

Challenge - to not be taken off course by every opportunity that is presented. Learned - do not assume you know the best way to move forward, or help someone else to move forward. Be open to moments that show me that we always have choices.


Aside from running, what do you like to do outside of work that directly impacts your career?

I like to be outdoors and connect with mother nature. I always feel energized and connected when I am outdoors. I also love cooking and eating - I once had a teenage female runner ask me what I eat for a treat... I considered, and answered, everything I eat is a treat, as it all nourishes and fuels me.

How important is having a daily routine and setting goals? 

Crucial, while it's also good to give space to allow the universe to come in.

What is one invaluable resource that has helped in the growth and development of Active at Altitude, activacuity and your current projects? 

Thinking that I matter, that I have a place in this world that only I can fulfill.

"If I'm not able to be aware of how grateful I am for this moment, then I am likely being pulled to either the past or the future." -Terry Chiplin

"If I'm not able to be aware of how grateful I am for this moment, then I am likely being pulled to either the past or the future." -Terry Chiplin

Can you give a piece of advice for someone who thinks meditation is an impossible practice for them? 

Patience - we are so driven to immediate rewards, and that’s not a good response to things that naturally take time. I love watching nature and how it progresses at a pace that fulfills its own needs, and the needs of the complete environment around it.

What is your proudest personal and professional accomplishment? 

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from DeMontfort University, Bedford, England after three years of study. it was an amazing time to be there as a mature student and felt like a sponge, I just could not get enough!

What do you look forward to the most in 2018?  

To growing the brands that I have created and to do my best to make a difference to more lives in this world.

I would LOVE to share repeatedly 1 message to the world, on your behalf, what should I share?

Thoughts become things, and that we are not hardwired, we can create new ways of thinking.

What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote? 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us."  -Marianne Williamson 

In one word, describe yourself:


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Kelly Ramos - Dedicated Runner, Triathlete, Wife & Mom

Humble, to say the least. Kelly Ramos took her first swim lesson hours after completing her first marathon. I reached out to Kelly about featuring her in this blog. She was unsure if her story was inspiring. You tell me?

You spoke of living an unhealthy lifestyle up until 12 years ago. What was your turning point and where would you be today without your transformation? 

I started smoking cigarettes at a young age. I quit when I became pregnant with my daughter, but then resumed the habit about a year after having her. I didn't quit again until I became pregnant with my son 9 years later. My athletic journey began with an effort to lose a few pounds after having my son. I started walking on the treadmill at the gym in our apartment complex. When the walking became too easy, I started to jog. Bored of jogging on the treadmill, I sought out the track team at the company where I worked. I started attending practices with them and began to run outside on a regular basis. That's when running officially became my new addiction and I knew there was no going back.

Had I not stepped on that treadmill, I fear that I would have resorted back to the unhealthy lifestyle I led before. This journey has enabled me to discover and showcase positive traits that I never knew I possessed. I have also made some amazing friends who I may have never met had it not been for this transformation.   

You qualified for the Boston Marathon your 1st Marathon (The Maine Marathon). At what point did you realize "I am good at this"? Would you say you are a natural born runner and athlete? 

Growing up in England, the school I attended didn't have a huge sports program. We had our annual sports day and it was always my favourite day out of the school year. I fared well in the running events, but outside of that day I never did any running, so I really had no clue what my running potential could be. I ran a Boston qualifying time back in 2010 at my first and only marathon thus far. Running a qualifier was not my goal, I just wanted to finish feeling good. I managed to accomplish both, so I was thrilled. I know they've changed the timing standards since then to make it a little bit more difficult to qualify. But that's okay. I plan on running a qualifier again sometime in the near future!

In 2006 I ran my first 5K. I went by myself, ran it and went straight home. Later that week I received a certificate in the mail saying I had won 1st place in my age group. I couldn't believe it. That was the day I thought to myself that I might be okay at this running business.

I don't necessarily consider myself to be a natural born athlete. I have to work hard at it and like most people; I definitely have days where I struggle.

"Approaching the finish at my first marathon." -KR 

"Approaching the finish at my first marathon." -KR 

A smile and a wave from the shoreline start at  Tri For a Cure .

A smile and a wave from the shoreline start at Tri For a Cure.

From not knowing how to swim to completing 2 Half Ironman Competitions. Can you talk about this journey?

One year I volunteered at Tri for a Cure, where I was surrounded by some of the most inspirational women I’d ever met. That day, I decided I had to participate in this event. But I had a major hurdle in my way. I couldn’t swim!

I could doggy paddle my way the length of the pool but that was the extent of my swimming skills. I signed up for adult swim lessons and had my first lesson the same day I completed my first marathon.

Learning to swim as an adult is no easy task. Even though I was in good shape with all of the running I was doing, I felt like the most out of shape person when I was in the pool. It took a lot of patience and perseverance, but one day it all came together. Although slow, I was able to swim the 1/3 mile comfortably without stopping.

"Just completed my first half Ironman." -KR 

"Just completed my first half Ironman." -KR 

The next challenge was to overcome my fear of open water swimming. My first open water experience and first time wearing a wetsuit was at a swim clinic I signed up for a few weeks before the Tri. The second I stepped into the ocean the cold water took my breath away and I immediately knew that this was going to be very different from swimming in the pool. As I headed for the first buoy I was not able to put my face in the water. I flipped onto my back, waves started going over my face and I began to swallow some water. I was feeling extremely fatigued, but the fatigue I was experiencing didn't correspond with the effort I was exerting. Luckily my friend was right by me and she started to side stroke beside me. A person in a kayak asked if I wanted help getting back to shore. I refused. I had to finish by myself.

When I finally made it back to shore I could barely catch my breath. I instantly developed a cough with a coinciding rattling in my chest and started to cough up pink foam. My husband took me to the emergency room where they whisked me past the crowded waiting room after taking my vitals and seeing how low my oxygen levels were. I had a chest x-ray and was put on a nebulizer. I never received an official diagnosis; just the thought that I probably inhaled too much sea water. When my oxygen levels were back to normal, they sent me home with antibiotics.

I decided to sign up for another swim clinic the following weekend. Before the clinic, I went out to the ocean again in my wetsuit to get better acclimated to the cold ocean temps. My second swim clinic went great and I felt ready for the Tri. On race day I started running into issues as I rounded the second buoy. The same fatigue I felt in the first swim clinic kicked in, my breathing was labored and again not in line with the effort I was exerting. I flipped on my back and eventually made my way back to shore. Completing the bike and run portion was one of the hardest things physically that I've ever done. I could barely breathe and wanted to quit so many times. I pushed through and managed to cross the finish line. Since I hadn't inhaled any water this time, I knew something else was happening. At this point, I felt like my days of completing Triathlons were done.

After many hours over the span of a few years googling my symptoms, I finally stumbled upon an article with the right diagnosis. "Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema" otherwise known as SIPE. A very rare condition that they don't have an official cause for, but it is believed the combination between the tightness of the wetsuit, over-hydration and, cold water temperatures may be the trigger.

A few years after the Tri, I met my friend Kristie. She's an amazing open water swimmer who convinced me to get back out there and give it another try. She has the patience of a saint. Some days we'd go through the process of putting on wetsuits only to be out there for 5 minutes as I got comfortable acclimating and putting my face in the water. Working with her my confidence swimming in open water has grown. I had a few mild cases of SIPE, when I first got back out there, but last year I managed to train for and complete my second Half Ironman without having one episode, so I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on it now. The warm-up swim is vital and I always start in the back of the pack and take my time slowly building up momentum toward the end. I have also completed the Tri for a Cure twice since then. I managed to place 2nd in my age group one year, which is a feat I never would have dreamed possible. 

*Here is a link to the article where I discovered the condition I experienced when open water swimming:

How does living an active and healthy lifestyle improve your day to day relationships with family, friends, co-workers?

My kids much prefer post-run mum compared to pre-run mum! I always feel better and have a clearer head after working out. My family has been massively supportive, particularly my husband and son both of whom have spent many hours in all types of weather at events just to see me for a few seconds on the course. It's amazing the boost you get in a race for those few seconds that you see the smiling faces of your loved ones. Their support means the world to me. 

What is something you think all runners have in common? 

I believe most runners are goal driven and want to see results. In order to see results you have to put in the effort. Our drive to achieve those results overpowers any excuses we conjure in our heads not to complete a workout, enabling us to just get out there and get it done. 


What is one challenge and lesson learned from your training? 

I have had my share of injuries over the years. Some of which were likely made worse by my continuing to run through the pain. I've learned to listen to my body and to stop when something doesn't feel right. Rest days are a challenge for me, but I've come to realize that they are vital to reap the benefits of training and to help prevent injury. 

How important is having a daily routine and setting goals for yourself? 

Daily routines and goals are important as it gives me the drive to complete what I have set out to do. If I don't complete it, I feel a sense of failure. I like to have everything ready for the day in hand and also having a back-up in place is important when things like the weather throw a wrench into my initial plans.

What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone who thinks they could never run, bike, swim, or become active?

If you tell yourself you can’t then you probably won’t. Get into the mindset that you can, and if you want it bad enough you will. The toughest part of getting started isn’t just the physical piece; it’s a mental challenge as well.

Aside from running what other activities do you enjoy?

I love the beach and spend many hours there in the summer. I also enjoy crossword puzzles, traveling, being a spectator at my son's sporting events and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite running app? 

Strava is my go to App. It's user-friendly and it allows you to connect with other runners and cyclists all over the world which is a really cool feature. I also rely on Zwift, a virtual riding app to help keep me sane whilst biking inside during the winter months.

What are some races on your horizon? Boston Marathon? A full Ironman? 

I hope to get a spot in the Tri for a Cure again this year. I do have Boston on my bucket list and running the London Marathon would be awesome too. I haven't 100% ruled out a Full Ironman. I am still on the fence. Training for an event like that is pretty intense, so I'd need to find the right time in my life where I feel I can put in the effort needed to become fully prepared for it.

What is your proudest personal and professional accomplishment? 

On a personal level it's tough for me to pick just one moment. Every time I complete an event that I've invested a lot of time and effort in, I feel proud. They all took hard work and there's not one that stands out to me more than the rest.

I actually feel more accomplished when I experience success as a team. Of all the races and triathlons I've done over the years, one of my favorite races is the 4 x 100-meter relay that we competed in at States for the Corporate Track Team last year. As the four of us toed the line and eyed up our competition, I don't think any of us anticipated a win. I was lucky enough to be on the anchor leg of that race. When I saw my teammate approach me with the baton first, I knew I could bring home the win for our team. Seeing the excitement on the faces of my teammates as I crossed the finished line was the best. That win was far more gratifying than any of my personal achievements.

On a professional level, I have always given 100% in every job I've had. With that work ethic I have been able to work up the career ladder over the years. I have been with the same company for over 12 years now. To me this is an accomplishment in itself.

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote?

Staying true to my British roots – "Keep Calm and Carry on". I've found myself reciting this, whether I'm dealing with a personal issue or if I'm struggling during an athletic event. Panicking doesn't accomplish anything, but keeping calm does. This quote has helped me avert many a potential freak out moment! 

In one word describe yourself:


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Hollie Corbett, Runner - “The Great White Shark”

Hollie's passion for running gives me runner's high. I asked Hollie what she does if she has to miss a run because, well, life happens. She said: "I never have." Fact, Hollie ran 2,394.4 miles in 2017. 
"I'll run till the day I die."

What does being a runner mean to you and where might you be in life without running?

Aside from my family and close friends, being a runner is everything and all-encompassing in my life.  Running is not an activity or sport for me.  It is the singular embodiment of everything that is good about me – it showcases my determination, organization, heart, focus, feistiness, and perseverance.  It is not what I do, it’s who I am. 

I’ve always been a driven person, but I cannot imagine where I would be without running.  By some extension, running has given me every important person in my life, my support system who constantly sacrifice their time to help me achieve my dreams.  So, I would be a far less happy person and feel caged.  Running makes me feel free and gives me a sense of purpose and belonging. 

Where did your nickname, "The Great White Shark" originate?

I have always been fascinated by Great White sharks.  They are fearless, ferocious, and instinctual.  They are an unignorable entity.  The nickname grew out of my ability to visualize chasing down the person in front of me while using that single-minded ferocity to stay focused on my end game.  The nickname is hilarious if you know me because I am physically tiny.  However, don’t let my size fool you, housed inside of this little body is the heart of a Great White. 

Can you share with us a bit of your running and coaching history? 

I think my unofficial running history began when I was able to stand!  I participated in several sports when I was younger, but I did not become an official runner until I was a freshman in high school when I joined the cross country team in order to build endurance for basketball.  I fell in love with the sport and left all other sports.  My path after that is a bit unconventional in that I went from being a sprinter to a competitive middle distance runner and eventually landed on the marathon in my adult life.  Once I found the marathon, I was smitten.  It’s where my heart is.  I have done 7 marathons so far. 

My coaching history began more as a way to help my friends rather than anything official.  I would make training plans for free for different friends here and there.  I put myself out there a bit more when I began to coach my adult track team a few years ago by leading the distance workouts.  Eventually, I became an official co-captain of the team.  Coaching my teammates has brought me a lot of joy and essentially reignited the fire within me after I had my children.

Who are #HolliesHomies and how has this running group enhanced your running career? 

To understand who we are you have to know our roots.  I call my friends my homies.  The group name, Hollie’s Homies, was coined by my friend Hans after a long cold winter run with some of the homies about a year ago.  We are a group of like-minded friends of all ages who love running, enjoy watching each other compete and achieve goals, and have become sounding boards and rocks to lean on during anything we go through in our lives.  The homies (as I call them) have enhanced my running career in a major way.  I do not mind running solo for most of my runs in a week, but the time I spend running with the homies is special.  We talk the entire time for hours about anything and everything nearly every single weekend year round.  We have crazy amounts of fun which make the miles tick by fast.  Plus, there is so much Maine running history in our group that if you do not learn something from them, you haven’t been listening. 

What is one challenge and lesson learned from your experience in training and coaching? 

The largest challenge I’ve encountered in my training/running gave birth to the largest lesson I’ve learned thus far in my career.  I had a very disappointing 2nd Boston Marathon in 2016.  I ran in the heat that fateful day (rain and 50's is my jam), and my entire race plan went sideways quickly.  I threw up several times and nearly passed out a couple of times as well.  Everyone has a race experience that becomes “the” race, the one that changes you.  This was it for me, the race that brought me to my knees but ended up being the best thing to happen to my running.  At this point in my career, I operated under the assumption that if I worked hard, then I would achieve what I wanted.  I learned the hard way that running does not work like that.  

Running is not a linear process with guaranteed outcomes. It is fluid with heartbreaking descents and breathtaking ascents, and you never know which you will get even with all the planning and training in the world.
— Hollie Corbett

I had to partially let go of my rigid nature and become fluid and therein laid the challenge for me.  I enlisted the help of a coach for the first time via Rob Gomez and tried a new way to train while simultaneously not letting one race define me.  I leaned on my family and close friends to help get my mind right.  All of this made me realize that this one experience was merely a single chapter in my running career, not the entire book.  I grew so much as a runner from that one experience.

Speaking from my own experience, running a marathon is A LOT of hard work. Training is time-consuming, a commitment and it hurts! Why do you think we continue to run despite all the pain? 

Life, in general, has ample pain, but we keep living despite the pain, right?  Running with all the lovely pain we endure really is no different for a marathoner.  We are stubborn, driven people.  Marathon training requires so much of ourselves that it has to become an investment even in the pain.  We all invest a ridiculous amount of hours in the actual training/running and necessary extras (PT, weight training, stretching, foam rolling, nutrition, sleep, hydration, etc.) all for that one glorious day.  I truly believe that marathons are personal for each runner.  We all have a reason and a backstory; we all sacrifice for that one end if you will.  I am always cognizant of this fact every single time I toe the line at a marathon when I look at the other marathoners.  In the end, pain is merely just one aspect of the whole process for us.  For me, the reward of knowing that I accomplished something that I put my heart and soul into far outweighs any pain when it comes to a marathon. 

How important is having a daily routine and setting goals? 

Routines and goals are incredibly important to me.  I am a major creature of habit.  My routines have routines!  I find something beautiful about efficiency, working hard, and staying the course toward something you really want in life.  As my running has progressed, I’ve realized that the only limits I have are the ones I impose on myself.  Routines are one solid path to follow to achieve anything and everything you want in life not just in regards to running. 

What is your next big race on the horizon? 

My next big race is the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018.  Boston 2018 will be my 3rd Boston Marathon.  The Boston Marathon is the pinnacle race for me, it’s my Olympics.  It is unlike any race, it is the Monday of all Mondays.  I wish every runner could experience it because words do not do it justice.   I am very excited for this particular Boston because it will be the first time one of my best friends and I run it at the same time, 2 of my other closest friends (one of which is my Physical Therapist and has saved me on many occasions) will be there to cheer for the very first time, and I have big plans that hopefully lead to obtaining the one large dream I have with my running.

A Message From Rob Gomez, Hollie's Running Coach


“Hollie is one of my most determined clients. The drive she has to get in every training run and hit all the paces she needs to hit during her workouts is second to none. She has a friendly and fiery disposition that can be infectious as is evidenced by the ever-larger group of “Hollie’s Homies” that tags along with her for her longer training runs. I’m pretty sure Hollie is the only person who has asked me to swear at them during a race for added motivation! I’ve found myself using Hollie as an example to find motivation for some of my own training runs. Things may not have come together perfectly for her last marathon effort, but I know Hollie will set herself up well for a great race in Boston this April with a whole lot of hard work and a few curse words along the way!” -Rob Gomez

What is your proudest personal achievement? 

My proudest running achievement is not a personal one per se.  I am proudest of all the achievements my City of South Portland adult track team in the Maine Corporate Track Association/MECTA has achieved.   Our team is comprised of all ages (18-70+) and running backgrounds (including those who have never ran before).  I have seen so many of them step out of their comfort zones to do what is best for the team.  Watching them grow as athletes has been far more rewarding than any of my personal achievements.  The fact that I get the opportunity to coach/co-captain them is a whole other level of pride for me.  I always tell them that I will never ask more of them than what I am willing to give myself.  They just give and give again.  Seeing the smiles on their faces when they do something they never thought they could to when we win state championships is amazing.  It is an incredibly fun and special thing to be a part of. 

8th straight MECTA State Champions.  #mainerunning

8th straight MECTA State Champions. #mainerunning

What is your favorite running app? 

Strava.  My favoritism is three-fold in that I am a stats nerd (I love seeing my own stats and anecdotal information), I really like connecting with other runners from around the world, and I find Strava’s layout visually appealing.

Who is your idol runner and why?

My favorite professional runner is Bernard Lagat.  I love the way he races, smart in the beginning and then he hammers down near the end.  Plus, he appears very gracious and kind.  I would love to meet him someday.

However, my true running idol is one of my best friends, Jess Laurent.  She knew from the jump that she wanted to be a marathoner.  Jess is one of the strongest, most dedicated and passionate people I know which translates directly to her running.  I am in awe of her running ability and conviction, especially since she is super petite like me.  I can remember in my pre-marathon days how I would be in admiration of her because she ran through all weather, woke up early to get her miles in, loved running hills, and had no quit in her body.  When I really started focusing on running again after my children were born, I distinctly remember saying to myself “what would Jess do?”  She’s been an inspiration for me for years.  I idolize every aspect of her not only as a runner but as a person.

Hollie Corbett & Jess Laurent

What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote? 

“Impossible IS NOTHING” – Phil Chamberlain

In one word, describe yourself: 


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Carrie McEneaney, A Maine Mom Running

True story, I met Carrie in February 2001. She trained me to be a server at Macaroni Grill! Back then, I'm not sure I understood what running was and why anyone would want to do it! I'd say we've come a long way since. It comes as no surprise Carrie is a passionate and dedicated runner, mom, wife, friend, and worker. Here's a glimpse of Carrie, A Maine Mom Running.

What inspired you to begin running?

I ran cross-country and track in high school and college, but stopped after graduation. Even though I ran every once in a while, it wasn’t until after the birth of our second son that I really had the itch to start running on a regular basis and compete again. Meeting up with an old high school friend and a couple of her friends inspired me to get out there.

How has running impacted your life?

Running has been a huge impact in my life. It has shown me that I can do hard things and push myself both mentally and physically further than I previously thought possible. It has brought me friendships both in person and through social media that will last a lifetime. It gives me solo time and is a release from the day-to-day crazies which in turn helps me be a better person in all aspects of my life.

What are one challenge and one lesson you’ve learned from your training? 

Training your brain is almost more important than becoming physically strong when it comes to running. When your body is tired and you don’t think you could take another step, it’s a huge challenge to focus and fight the urge to stop. But the more you run, the more you practice mental focus, the more you will improve. With running, what you put in, you will get out. If you don’t invest the time, you won’t be fully satisfied with the results. There are no shortcuts. 

Life gets in the way of training (no regrets), so I have no expectations other than to reach the finish line and have fun along the way. -CM

What are your top two favorite running memories? 

Crossing the finish line at the high school state meet in the 300m hurdles in first place way back in 1994 is one of my favorite memories. Second would be running the Maine Coast Marathon on Mother’s Day in 2015. Even though it was my slowest marathon to date and I had to walk the last half due to a sudden heatwave of over 90 degrees after training all winter, I had the best time just enjoying the journey. Also having my husband and two boys waiting for me at the finish was a wonderful gift. 


If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be?

It’s pretty cliche, but running the Boston Marathon is where I hope to run one day. A close second would be Antarctica or Alaska. I run hot, so running somewhere cold is my ideal place. 

What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote? 

"Running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” - Joan Benoit Samuelson or more recently, “F*&k yes!” - Shalane Flanagan right before winning the 2017 NYC Marathon (Catch that video HERE!)

In one word, describe yourself:


"Running has been a huge impact in my life. It has shown me that I can do hard things and push myself both mentally and physically further than I previously thought possible." -CM

"Running has been a huge impact in my life. It has shown me that I can do hard things and push myself both mentally and physically further than I previously thought possible." -CM


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Rob Gomez - Founder of Eastern Shore Training, RRCA Certified Running Coach

What is Eastern Shore Training? 

Eastern Shore Training (EST) is an online coaching service for runners of all ages and ability levels.


How old were you and what influenced you to start running? 

I first started running in middle school as a member of the school cross country team because I wanted to do a fall sport and I wasn’t really that good at soccer (football wasn’t offered). 

Can you give us a bit of your running history?

I stuck with running through high school with the support of my friends and family and had some additional running success when I started attending the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. From there I participated on the XC and indoor and outdoor track teams at Bates College until the winter of my junior year when I stopped doing extracurriculars in anticipation of the birth of my daughter, Juliette.


Between December 2003 and December 2006 I really didn’t run or exercise much at all and put on 60+ pounds. In December 2006 my friend and I set a goal of doing the 2007 Chicago Marathon and I’ve been running consistently ever since. Having that three year off period has helped me really appreciate the physical, mental and social benefits that running provides for me.

"A lot has transpired over the last ten years, but during that time running has been a constant that has helped keep me happy, sane, focused and oh yeah, roughly 55 pounds lighter. The process is hard but the results are worth it. Keep grinding everyone #transformationtuesday #runhappy #mainerunning" -Rob Gomez via  Instagram   @eshoretrain

"A lot has transpired over the last ten years, but during that time running has been a constant that has helped keep me happy, sane, focused and oh yeah, roughly 55 pounds lighter. The process is hard but the results are worth it. Keep grinding everyone #transformationtuesday #runhappy #mainerunning" -Rob Gomez via Instagram @eshoretrain

"Rob has been able to channel this passion into a number of successes in road racing, most notably the  New England RunnerMagazine's  Maine Runner of the Year in 2013, a win at the 2013  Maine Marathon , two top-40 finishes at the  Boston Marathon  and a total of five marathons in under 2:25." via  EST Website

"Rob has been able to channel this passion into a number of successes in road racing, most notably the New England RunnerMagazine's Maine Runner of the Year in 2013, a win at the 2013 Maine Marathon, two top-40 finishes at the Boston Marathon and a total of five marathons in under 2:25." via EST Website

Photo Credits: Maine Running Photos, TDB2B 10KWE3PIX

What is the next race on your horizon? 

The 2017 Philadelphia Marathon on November 19th.

How does running impact your everyday life? 

It impacts everything I do, directly and indirectly. Directly, it is an important part of my daily schedule, something I schedule most other activities around, and I, of course, spend time every day conducting coaching activities. Indirectly, running has played a part in my marriage (I met my wife at a road race) and my social groups (many of my friends are runners).


How important is having a daily routine?

To me, it’s very important, but I’m very much a Type A, right-brained type of person who thrives on having a schedule. Just writing down the tasks I want to complete for the day on a small notepad is a very therapeutic activity for me, even if I don’t accomplish all those tasks by the end of the day.

What is your best running experience?

Running and winning the second leg of the Cabot Trail Relay in 2014 and proposing to my wife right after I finished.


What is your worst running experience?

Watching from the sidelines while the Bates College Men’s XC team qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship during my senior year.

If you could offer one piece of running advice, what would it be?

When you’re just starting out running or getting back into running from a long layoff, the hardest part is the beginning. Everything gets dramatically better from there.

What is your favorite running app?  

Strava. It’s a very efficient and user-friendly app and offers a lot of utility and social networking opportunities.

What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote? 

“Shit happens, and if we want to restrict ourselves to things where shit can’t happen… we’re not going to do anything very interesting.” -Dan Canin, as quoted in the Book “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” by Laurence Gonzales

In one word, describe yourself: 



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Jennifer Spangler - Mom, Runner, Nurse & Brand Ambassador 

What is INKnBURN? 

INKnBURN is a small family owned business operated in Southern California.  INKnBURN designs and hand-crafts athletic apparel in the USA.  INKnBURN produces unique and high-quality athletic wear that can be worn for running, yoga, cycling, to the gym, or even casually.  I purchased my first piece in August of 2015 and wore the capris for the Chicago Marathon in 2015.  I was SOLD!  Since then, I have run a total of 6 marathons, all wearing INKnBURN.  No chafing, comfortable fit, and stays in place and each piece/design is very unique.   

"INKnBURN produces unique and high-quality athletic wear that can be worn for running, yoga, cycling, to the gym, or even casually."

"INKnBURN produces unique and high-quality athletic wear that can be worn for running, yoga, cycling, to the gym, or even casually."

What inspired you to begin running? 

In May of 2013 I decided to start walking and wanted to lose weight.  By July, I was walking at a fairly fast pace, 13-14 minute miles.  I was fortunate to have a large private place and just decided I would try to run.  I didn't want to run in front of anyone because of my weight and also because I was still smoking at the time and would get winded in a very short amount of time.  The run/walk intervals continued through July and in August, I ran 5 miles straight!  I can remember the day like it was yesterday.  I came home and cried, so proud of my accomplishment.  My husband came home from work that day and I told him I decided I wanted to run a half marathon, that surely if I could run 5 miles I could run 13 but I would have to quit smoking.  I set my mind to it and I quit smoking in October 2013.  After I quit, I rewarded myself by signing up for my first half marathon. I ran my first half in April 2014.  I have since run 18 half marathons.  Between October 2015 through January 2017, I ran 6 marathons.  2017 has NOT been my year.  I was running everyday, at least one mile outside.  In February my streak came to a halt after 959 days.  I was having terrible foot pain and doc thought I had a stress fracture.  It ended up being plantar fasciitis.  He told me no running for 3 weeks so I took up swimming and biking.  I was able to resume my running in March and ran a half in May. 


I was signed up to run the Chicago Marathon for the 3rd year in a row.  On May 26th, I was with my family and missed the step up on the curb, down I went.  A total of 3 breaks and dislocation in the left ankle. I had surgery on May 27th.  I was in a cast for 7 weeks, and in a boot for 5.  Non-weight bearing for 12 weeks.  I saw the doc on July 14th and he released me to swim so I have tried my hand at aqua-jogging and some swimming and so far so good.   I see the doc again on August 18th and hope he releases me to bear weight.  I will have to go through Physical Therapy.  I had to defer my entry in the Chicago Marathon this year but I am hoping for a come back at Ragnar SouthBeach in November and the Dopey Challenge in January.  I know I have a long road ahead of me but I am always up for a challenge.    

How has running impacted your personal life and career as a nurse?

Running has impacted my personal life in many ways but one of the most important was it gave me the determination I needed to quit smoking.  In regards to my career as a nurse, running has helped me see the true importance of living a healthy lifestyle so it is easier to truly "practice what you preach" with my patients.  

What are one challenge and one lesson you’ve learned from your training? 

One of the biggest challenges with training is dealing with the weather and making sure I have time and safe conditions for the long runs.  I have learned to trust the training, if you put in the work, you can make it to the finish line! 

What are your top two favorite race memories?

I would say the most memorable moments was crossing the finish line at my first half marathon.  As a family, we went to Disney in January and my son ran the 10K with me and I ran the full marathon with my husband.  It is wonderful sharing my running journey with the two people that mean the world to me. And as you will see by my pictures... I love everything about Run Disney!!!

If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I am truly happy with running just about anywhere but I would love to spend some time out west because there is so much beautiful scenery.  

What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote? 

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but because of its persistence. -James N. Watkins

In one word, describe yourself:


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Tom Hooper - Co-Founder of Six03 Endurance in New Hampshire

What is Six03 Endurance?

SIX03 is a team of fun, healthy, and athletic people who share a passion for the outdoors and the social community. Our members range from people looking to run their first 5K to National Ironman finishers to 100 Mile Ultra Marathoners.  We really emabrace our tag line, Not one sport... Every sport. 

What inspired you to become a founder of Six03?

It wasn't really planned. It just sort of happened organically. We thought it would be just a few of us having a few beers after a race and the next thing you know, we have 600 members all through out the state of NH. I guess there was a niche and it just all came together. its been amazing.

What is one challenge and one lesson you’ve learned from your experience as a founder?

The Retail clothing deal is for the birds! You never can guess how much you need or what will be hot. Something that you take a chance on all of a sudden takes off and you can't get enough of it, or something you think will crush it, sits in a box.

What are your top two Six03 memories?

Thats too tough to answer. I have personal memories for my own accomplishments but I also Love seeing these guys go out of there comfort zone and try new stuff. Watching some one else conquer a hard mountain / trail race for the first time is amazing to watch.

What is your favorite inspirational/motivational quote?

"Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

In one word, describe yourself:

I don't think one word can describe anyone.

Tom Hooper

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