MICHELE KING GONZALEZ aka @nycrunningmama – Sparkly Soul Coach of the Month – June 2012
You know her, you love her. We know her, we love her. We HAD to feature Michele aka @nycrunningmama as the Sparkly Soul coach of the month becauses she embodies what it is to be a Sparkly Soul. As you know, Michele is many things including (but not limited to) an incredible runner, blogger and person – and she is also a certified running coach! She offers e-coaching as well as one-on-one coaching (in person). Here is her coaching link on her blog: http://www.nycrunningmama.com/coaching/
Michele offers training plans for a wide range of runners who are looking to:
– lose weight and get in shape
– train for your first race or first race at a specific distance (whether that’s a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon)
– improve your finish time
– qualify for Boston
– train for an ultra
She has many different plans suited for different goals. She has more information on pre/post natal exercise coming soon to her blog for those looking to get back into running after having a baby – stay tuned! Michele is pregnant with her second child – Yay Michele! She is due at the end of September and is aiming to run the NYC or Philly marathon in November !!! Wow!
Looking to become a better runner – check out her blog post on it: http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2012/01/22/how-to-become-a-better-runner/
Ever find yourself in a running slump – check out Michele’s advice: http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2011/12/20/have-you-ever-been-in-a-running-slump/:
Thinking of running an ultra-marathon? Check out Michele’s experience: http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2011/11/19/my-first-ultra/
Michele attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, graduated and was commissioned a 2LT in the Army in 2003. She spent 6 years as a Military Intelligence Officer on active duty, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 4th Infantry Division. She was deployed to Iraq three times. She fell in love with running during her last deployment from December 2007 until February 2009 – she turned to running as a way for her to clear her head from the long hours.
Michele has an 11 month old son, AJ, born Jan 9, 2011. She ran throughout the entire 9 months (up until the day before AJ was born) and was on the treadmill 5 days after delivery.
Michele competed with four other athletes in the Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge in the 2011 NYC Marathon. They ran the first half of the race together as required and then the second half they raced each other. Michele was the winner and brought the title to Staten Island!
The picture above is Michele on CBS news before winning the Five Borough Challenge wearing her wide black Sparkly Soul headband available at www.sparklysoul.com
Michele ran an ultramarathon in November 2011 – a short time after the NYC Marathon.
Michele began blogging in September 2011 and is a BIG fan of Sparkly Soul too – http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2011/10/11/sparkly-soul/ , http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2011/12/03/christmas-list-for-runners/ and http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2012/01/12/sparkly-soul-headbands-review-giveaway/ and http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2012/04/16/a-weekend-of-sparkles/
We are excited to feature Michele as our Sparkly Soul coach of the month because she is just plain and simple … awesome. She gives her 100% in everything she does and truly loves running and the running community. We love following her on Facebook and Twitter and heart all of her sparkly posts. Thanks for being a fun, fierce and fabulous coach Michele and for all you bring to the running community!