Coach Amy of RRKC is unique in her knowledge, experience and coaching style.
Expertise and Knowledge
Amy is a certified coach, but her knowledge and expertise of running is enhanced to a greater from her Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Amy is a licensed physical therapist and specializes in injury prevention and treatment of endurance athletes, especially runners. She analyzes running gait, evaluates and treats injured triathletes and runners every day in her practice at Sport and Spine.
Experience and Passion
Amy's passion for running began in elementary school when she ran her first half mile in a tight pair of jeans around the playground wearing a shirt that said, "girls can do anything boys can do...better." This love of running continued to grow as she ran track and cross country through high school and picked it up once again in earnest as an adult. She has run several marathons including Chicago and Boston. She has personal experience with almost every running injury including a hip labral tear which she says "allows me to empathize with runners as a coach and therapist."
Amy strives to be an accessible, approachable and giving coach. While she subscribes to a particular running philosophy and training approach, she recognizes that every runner is different so one coaching style and training plan doesn't fit all. She excels at modifying her style for each runner. Some runners need a direct approach while others do better with analogies and stories to get the message. Others require lots of technical details and answers and some like to do their own thing with little to no interference - kind of an as needed coach. "Figuring out what's best for each runner and then watching them excel...that's my favorite part."