Hi! My name is Mary and I’ve been running competitively since 2013. Prior to running, I rowed D1 crew for 4 years in college. After college, I found myself a slave to my job, out of shape, and in the worst shape of my life. I decided to run a marathon in 2010 to check it off my bucket list. It was fun…so I ran another one in 2011. That one was fun too…but I really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon and I was soo0o close. I knew that if I put some hard work and dedication into my running, I could make the dream come true.
I reached out to a friend who helped not only coach me, but also helped me change my life over the course of 6 months. I became dedicated to my training, determined to improve, and fell completely in love with the sport. I loved that what I put in…was shown through results. I loved getting faster and I loved challenging myself. And, most importantly, my friend showed me how important it was to balance running into my life.
Under his coaching, I lost over 20 lbs., qualified for Boston in 2013 with a 3:22, a 14-min PR…then went on to run Boston in 2014 and ran another 14-min PR of 3:08. Shaving 30 minutes off my marathon time in a year was pretty awesome.
Unfortunately, after Boston 2014, I was plagued with a stress fracture in my tibia. I was fortunate enough to recover in time to run another 3:08 marathon the next year at Boston 2015…but ran myself into the ground in the process, and ended up with a femoral stress fracture. Experiencing two bone injuries in a year was the most humbling experience of my life.
Coming back from the femur injury was difficult, but I was able to train progressively and come back stronger in 2016 – PRing in every race distance along the way.
In May 2016, I fulfilled a longtime dream of becoming a coach and joined the McKirdy Trained coaching team. In July 2017, I decided to branch off and coach clients independently, in conjunction with the launch of my online lifting coaching service – Lift | Run | Perform.
As a running coach, I have had the honor of coaching all levels and distances–from sub 3:10 marathons to beginner 5ks. I absolutely love my athletes and I love being their support person–for both running & in life.
I am so happy to combine my passions of running and coaching and can confidently say that running has completely changed my life. I have never been fitter, happier, or healthier. And, most importantly, it’s introduced me to some of my best friends.
Thanks for stopping by! And always remember to always take one run at a time.