We had the good fortune of connecting with Michele Dillon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michele, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started running late in the game and it felt very overwhelming and found myself continuously having questions. This only became more true when I jumped into trail running. As I gained experience over time, I really enjoyed the connections I was making and getting more and more adventurous. I would get a lot of questions about running and trail running via my Instagram and one day it just dawned on me, that I would love to be a coach to help people getting started with running so I could be a go to for someone that had all those million questions; about where to start, what to use, where to go and what was too little/too much. I have been coaching for a little over a year now and since then I have evolved my coaching from beginners to include runners and adventurers of all levels and it’s been such a fun and rewarding addition to my life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart from most coaches is that I am not a professional elite runner going out there and winning races. I’m an average trail runner who just understands the coaching science and is personally dedicated. I think what that does is help make me a little less intimidating for a new runner when they are wanting to jump in. Knowing that I am just another runner out there doing my best and working every day on my potential. A lot of my coaching knowledge comes from personal experience too which makes my style a lot more casual and much more of a cheerleader/motivator than a data junkie.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many local Front Range trails that we could spend a whole week trying to tackle: Sky Pond (RMNP), Chasm Lake (RMNP), Bear Peak (Boulder), Green Mountain (Boulder), Doudy Draw (Boulder) but if we also wanted to visit some good places to eat/drink some favorites of mine are Southern Sun (great burgers and beer), Bar Taco (the best vegetarian taco selection and margaritas) and The Buff (fantastic eggs benedict).

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Basically the whole running community has a place in my story to getting to where I am now with my coaching. Instagram was a big part of bringing me together with that community and promoting my coaching business. Social media can be such a wonderful place as long as we are all choosing to use it for positive reasons.

Website: www.missshellshockruns.com/missshellshock-coaching
Instagram: www.instagram.com/missshellshock
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissShellShockCoaching

Image Credits
The first two photos (with race bib and the second one with tongue sticking out) are by Hilary Ann (insta: @thehilaryann)

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