What Makes Coach Amy Unique?
Coach Amy of Roadrunners of Kansas City is unique in her knowledge, experience and coaching style.
Expertise and Knowledge
Amy Parkerson-Mitchell is the owner and Head Coach of Roadrunners of Kansas City and owner and head physical therapist of CoachAmyPT. She is a certified coach but her knowledge and expertise of running is enhanced to a greater degree from her education in running biomechanics and physiology that she has honed as a physical therapist for the last 20 years. Amy is one of three coaches hired by Garmin to train Garmin Connect users as their Garmin Coach through online training programs, videos, and other content.
Amy received her masters in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is a licensed physical therapist certified in Active Release Therapy and Neurological Dry Needling. Amy specializes in examination, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of running injuries. She analyzes running gait, evaluates and treats injured triathletes and runners every day.
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 for a short stint as a walk on in college.
She picked up running once again in earnest as a member of Personal Best with Steve Hinman as her coach. She has run several marathons, including Boston and Chicago, a trail marathon and a Half Ironman triathlon. Her personal experience as an endurance athlete and a patient with almost every running injury including a hip labral tear "allows me to empathize with runners as a coach and therapist."
Amy lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband David and her three children, Parker, Spencer and Nina.
Amy is an accessible, approachable and giving coach. While she has a particular philosophy about running and training, 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. One runner may need an "in your face, no sugar coating" approach while another may need something more gentle with analogies and stories to get a message across. Others like lots of technical details and answers while 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."