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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 an endurance 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 was, like many, motivated to lose my "baby weight" but also felt empowered by both of my natural birth experiences to explore what other amazing things my body might be capable of.  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 my own plan to hold me accountable to my goal and keep me motivated, safe, and ultimately, I was transformed by this sport along the way, setting PR's in the 10K and beyond, and even winning a trail championship and other local trail races within 10 months to 13 months postpartum.  
 
Along the journey to my first half marathon, I had discovered and fell in love with the act of running and the community, but I also had researched and learned that training safely for races requires a constant balancing act between scientifically-supported training approaches as well as running socially and/or for enjoyment to avoid burnout.
 
Years later, I continue to evolve as a runner, becoming a 2x Boston Qualifying marathoner and completing 15+ marathon/ultra marathons.  In my thirst to learn more about helping female athletes, I became a certified running coach through RRCA in 2016, became a TRX qualified coach, a certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and continue to grow in my advocacy for healthy runners everywhere, based out of Harrisonburg, VA.

My dream is to share and promote running as an activity that can positively influence health and lifestyle as well as sense of belonging in a much larger community.  My aim is to support my clients in feeling adaptible, empowered, and enriched in their pursuits to maximize their potential, and especially to embrace the challenge so that it can bridge them to their biggest goals!
 
Together, we can tackle mental and physical challenges in a way that leaves you feeling accomplished, disciplined, and powerful.

Nelle Fox

Career Highlights:

21st in 2001 AL 2A XC State Championship

3rd in 2002 4x800 AL 2A Indoor State Championship

1st in 2002 4x400 AL 2A Outdoor State Championship

3rd in 2003 4x200 AL 2A Indoor State Championship

2nd in 2003 4x400 AL 2A Indoor State Championship

1st 2014 AL Xterra Trail Championships

1st 2014 Sizzling Hot Trail Series 5 milers (2x)

1st 2015 Light Your World 5K

1st 2015 Trail Blazer Treks Half Marathon

1st 2015 Valley Vines 5K

3rd in AG Shamrock Marathon -BQ

1st 2020 Wine Lovers 5K

3rd 2021 Terrapin Half

3rd 2021 Conquer the Cove 25K

4th 2021 Bruce Barnes Mile

8th 2020 Hellgate 100K

9th 2018 Holiday Lake 50K

9th 2018 Promise Land 50K

11th Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon -BQ

4th Grindstone 100 Mile Endurance Run

Personal Bests:

 

800 m: 2:35

1 mile: 5:22

2 mile: 12:30

5K: 19:32

10K: 43:32

10 mile: 1:10:36

Half Marathon: 1:32:30

Marathon: 3:08:57 (BQ)

100K & 14,000+ft: 14:03

101 Miles & 23,000 ft: 28:12 

 

Nelle@ExcelRocktownRunning.com

About Our Coaches

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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