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Mike@ExcelRocktownRunning.com

While I competed in cross country and track teams during my middle and high school years as an all-state athlete and state champion on multiple occaisons , I only began calling myself a dedicated runner after my second child was born, back in 2013.  Between middle school and before baby number two, I had dabbled in sprint triathlons, 5K's, and 10K's, but never truly considered myself an endurance runner.
 
As a postpartum mother of two, I had the fear that I wouldn't be able to lose my "baby weight".  I had seen inspiring posts from many friends as they ventured into the half marathon/full marathon world, and I decided that I wanted to go for it (the half marathon). Therefore, I developed a plan to hold me accountable to my goal and keep me motivated.  
 
Along the journey to my first half marathon, I discovered that running communities existed everywhere, and that training safely for races required a balance between scientifically supported regimens and  running socially and/or for enjoyment. While I had met my extrinsic goal of losing the "baby" weight, I had stumbled into love with running, which had previously been a means to an end, as well as the community surrounds running. 
 
Years later, I continue to evolve as a runner, becoming a Boston Qualifying marathoner and completing 10+ marathon/ultra marathons.  In my eagerness to learn more about helping athletes specifying in running, I also became a certified running coach through RRCA and continue to advocate for local runners in Harrisonburg, VA.

My dream is to share and promote running as an activity that can positively influence health and lifestyle as well as build a stronger sense of community.  My aim is to support my clients in feeling empowered and educated in their pursuits to maximize their potential.  It brings me great joy to develop strong connections with my clients as they journey onward to reach their goals!

Nelle Fox

Nelle@ExcelRocktownRunning.com

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Mike Fox

I have been a runner since my freshman year of high school.  I immediately found love for the sport, and that led, in part, to my success. As a high schooler, I was state champion in the distance events, All-American in college, and placed 8th in the US 5K road championships.  I've run a 2:23 marathon and am now competing in a gambit of races from 5K on the road to 100 mile ultras on the trails.  
 
I have been coached by some of the most experienced coaches in the country.  My mentors trained not only national champions, but also Olympians.  I was very fortunate to learn from the best and utilize that knowledge in combination with my natural talent to achieve a high level of performance.
 
For me, there is joy in passing this knowledge onto other athletes in effort to help them reach their own personal goals.  These goals might include reaching a PR within a desired distance or maybe just crossing the finish line for a new runner.
 
The dynamic of strength, endurance, and overall fitness is a very fun aspect of life.  It opens doors for interacting with our kids, balancing home/work, as well as enhancing our experiences with our friends and family.

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