Featured Athlete-Dan

I would like for you all to meet my athlete Dan. Dan has been training with me for close to a year. Dan is one of those people who is just naturally strong, so he came to me already in pretty decent shape and he didn’t really have set goal in mind, other than getting into better shape. His job also requires him to maintain a certain fitness level, so with that in mind I set his program in action.

After about about 5 months of training, he signed up for his first Spartan race.  If you know Dan it isn’t surprising that he signed up for the Beast first…and he had a goal of just finishing it. The Spartan Beast is 20+ miles and 30+ obstacles.  He did great and finished with ease.  He then decided that he wanted to earn the trifecta medal of Spartan racing…you earn this by doing all three distances/races in one calendar year.

His next Spartan was the Super, which is 8+ miles and 25+ obstacles.  We set a goal of doing less burpees, by completing more obstacles.  If you aren’t familiar with Spartan racing, you have to do 30 burpees at every obstacle that you can not complete.  He met his goal and had a great time.  On one of the obstacles he landed very hard on his heel and we are now nursing a deep bruise…his final race is December 9th.  He will be racing the Sprint, 3+ miles and 20+ obstacles, in Los Angeles.  Hopefully his heel will not give him too much trouble, I know he will finish.

Dan is very strong and dedicated.  It has been fun working with him and watching him grow.  I love that he challenges himself all of the time.  He is very coachable and does all the recovery tools necessary to keep moving forward. He always asks good questions and wants to learn about what muscles we are using and why.

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Dan will be 42 this up coming year and has lived in Albuquerque his whole life.  He likes to go on adventures in life and is always wanting to explore new things and places.  He loves to travel and meet new friends. He has been in his current career for 17 years now and plans to continue it for another 8. Who knows what he will find himself getting into then. Maybe a career in politics. He has already signed up for another Spartan race in 2018. He has been married for 9 years to an amazing woman and who is also his best friend. They have been blessed with one son, who is 7.

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Before training with me, he was doing basic exercises like running, push ups, sit ups, stuff like that. He would also upon occasion join a fitness challenge at Turning Point Strength Training. His biggest challenge was staying with a program or completing the challenge.

He says one of the things that he likes most about training with me is my experience and knowledge. Dan says its hard to train on a regular basis and my knowledge and experience allows me to always keep things different and challenging for him…added bonus is that the workouts are intense and rewarding.

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His current fitness goals have been training and staying in shape for his Spartan races.

He says he really doesn’t  have a favorite lift….but he has a major distaste for the Airdyne and the rower.

“As excited as I am about the workouts my favorite time is when it’s over and the pain stops.”

 

 

 

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Featured Athlete-Nikki

All my athletes make me so very proud.  Each of them have goals they are working towards and take them seriously.  They come to me with various athletic backgrounds, some of them have never lifted or cross trained before!  I like to feature one of my athletes every few months. I love to share their hard work, goals, and just plan brag about how awesome they all are!!

Let me introduce you to Nikki!!  I have known Nikki for a few years, but she wasn’t  training  with me at the time.  I had the pleasure of getting to know her during some early morning trail runs in the foothills!!  One of the many things that make Nikki amazing is her work ethic.  She always…ALWAYS…gives me all that she has.  She never questions or complains, she just grinds it out.  She is the same way when it comes to running!!  She is also one of the kindest, gentlest people I know.  I am so, so very lucky to get to coach her.  I cant wait to see how she grows as a runner and gets stronger in the gym.

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Nikki just ran the Duke City Marathon Relay!
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Running her leg of the Duke City Marathon Relay

Nikki is a New Mexico native, born in Albuquerque.  She is married and has a 7 year old son!  She used to hate to run and would fake being sick in school to get out of running during PE. She started running to lose weight…she made the decision to embrace something she hated doing in order to have the life she wanted. That was it…she fell in love!!

Since then she has run 1 marathon, 6 1/2 marathons, and quite a few 10Ks and 5Ks.  Nikki’s favorite distance is the 10K.  Her favorite race is the Durango Double…the Durango Double is a back to back race weekend in Durango, Colorado.  Saturday you run a trail 1/2 and on Sunday you run a road 1/2.  Last year she trained really hard and crushed it!!

Nikki isn’t currently training for a specific race, but she is working on getting faster with speed work!  Speed work is no joke either, so I have no doubt she is going to get faster!! ‘

I asked her some questions about training and goals…

Q: What type of workouts were you doing before I started coaching you?

A: Just running, no cross training. I needed you in my life. You bring balance and strength.

Q: What do you like about training with me?

A: I like the community in you gym.  I like that you work personally with each person and you know your athletes. I love that you correct my form to prevent injury and push me in ways I don’t push myself.

Q: What are your favorite lifts? What do you hate?

A: I like any kind of weight work.  I hate BURPEES…and sprawls. BLAH!!

Q: What are you goals?

A: To be strong and fit. To age with strength on my side.

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She makes my mornings brighter.

 

Fuel For Long Runs-Gluten Free Kitchen Sink Biscuits

Pre-race/long run fuel

Over the weekend we had some truly fall weather.  The crisp, chilly air was refreshing after the hot summer we had.  I had knee surgery last week and I am on the mend…meaning I need to rest and not move around a great deal.  Which if you know me is really hard.  I had some athletes racing this weekend and I had to live through them.  Mt Taylor 50K was one of the races that was going down this weekend.  It is such a special race and I was very sad not to be apart of it.  So, I decided to bake.

I field a lot of questions about what I eat before a long run or a long race.  One of the  reasons I get asked about sport fueling a lot is because I have been living with Celiac and colitis for 5 years. I usually following a carb sparing nutrition plan, meaning I only eat gluten free grains or potatoes before or during a long run.  This is for my health, I don’t feel well when I eat gluten free grains or processed gluten free products.  I firmly believe in eating “real” foods.  I don’t do gus or gels…major gut bombs for me. Plus, I really don’t want to put artificial stuff in my body.

A long run for me is anything in the double digits.  I also run strictly trail, so I am out there for a longer period of time then if I was running on the road.

I threw together this recipe with stuff I had readily available in my pantry.  The recipe is chalked full of great fuel.  The oats and gluten free baking mix give longer burning carbs, where the dried fruit and brown sugar give a quicker burning carb.

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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  I use parchment paper on my cookie sheets.  My favorite for baked goods and pizza is my pizza stone one of my friends gifted me.  No need for parchment paper and baked goods just slide right off!

1/4 cup pumpkin puree…you can use butter instead of pumpkin if you wish

1 cup Pamela’s baking mix-this mix has everything in it*

*If you are not using a gluten free baking mix…1 1/4 tsp baking soda

3 cups Trader Joe’s rolled oats

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs…I love farm fresh eggs and I am lucky that my mom raises chickens and we get fresh eggs daily!!

1 tsp vanilla…if you are following gluten free, make sure that the vanilla you are using is GF, caramel coloring is a huge question mark when it comes to GF

1 cup natural almond butter…I use the no sugar or salt added options

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp hemp hearts

2 tbsp chopped pecans

3 tbs Trader Joe’s triple berry dried fruit

*you can add anything you want to…walnuts, raisins, dried cherries etc.

-Combine brown sugar and pumpkin puree…beat until creamy

-Add eggs, vanilla, Pamela’s baking mix

-Add almond butter and mix

-Stir in oats, chia seeds, hemp hearts, pecans, and dried berries

-Place a tablespoon full of dough, about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets

-Bake for 17 minutes…I live at 6500 ft, so baking times might vary

I package them two at a time in a snack size bags.  I freeze them after they have cooled. I take them out the night before to defrost.  They last about 6 months in the freezer.  Makes about 21 servings.

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Nutritional info (I added all the ingredients to My Fitness Pal to calculate all nutritional info)

Calories….306

Fat….14.5 grams

Carbs…36.2 grams

Protein…9.2 grams

And the best part is that they are kid approved!!!

 

How I got started and why I love my job.

My name is Meredith Eddy.  I’m a trainer and coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I was born and raised in this breath taking state.  I grew up in the mountains outside of Albuquerque.  From a young age I loved the outdoors, my parents helped foster that love with summer camping trips, hiking, and fishing.  As I got older, I started playing sports.  I started with softball and track.  My father coached me in both.  The town I grew up was so small that he would drive me into Albuquerque to play little league…I also ran independent at local track meets, because there weren’t any track teams close to me.  Even as I got more committed to playing sports, I never stopped exploring the great outdoors.  Some of my favorite memories are exploring the deer trails behind my parents’ house with my first dog, Charlie.  At the time I had no idea that the love of the trails would come full circle.  When I was in middle school I was introduced to basketball…that was it.  I found the sport that would take over everything.  I am only 5.1, so I had to work hard for everything.  All I wanted was to play college basketball.  I worked very hard to achieve that goal.  I played two years at a junior college in Arizona and finished my four year degree at Kansas Wesleyan University.  My senior year of college I was asked to run cross country for KWU, I had never run in a cross country event…I was about to find out all about it.  I said yes, but in order to run I had to still keep up with my basketball requirements.  My first cross country meet was a blast, or so I thought.  I was about 800 M from the finish and I made a move to pass another runner.  She matched my move.  I sped up.  She sped up.  Her kick was better then mine.  She beat me.  Lesson learned…my coach said you make a move, you finish the move.  You never give up.  I never made that mistake again.  My first 5K meet was finished around 24 minutes.  I worked really hard and was able to make All Conference, with a conference meet time of 18:20.  I was hooked.  I was also awarded Female Athlete of The Year that year.  I went on to be an assistant basketball coach at the college and high school levels, but I never stopped running.

About 4 years ago I ran my first trail 1/2 marathon.  It was the hardest thing, at the time, I thought that I would ever do.  I have since run many trail races varying in distance…the longest being a 50K.  I am not a good long distance runner, but I love to run.  I will never give up.  I will keep trying, keep pushing my endurance, and keep testing my mental fortitude. I only race road races every once in awhile…an ultra relay here or there.  Everything comes full circle.  I love the trails.

I own and operate Foothills Fitness and Coaching.  I love helping my athletes meet their performance goals.  My philosophy is simple…be consistent, work hard, and have fun.  The minute your sport feels like a job, we need to reevaluate your goals. Whether you are an experienced athlete or just starting out, consistency is the key.  I am not the coach that is going to constantly yell at you. From time to time, I have to build a fire in the belly of my athletes.  Its rare, most of my athletes work hard for me because they are fighting for a goal.  Form and fundamentals come first.  ALWAYS! I believe in everyone that walks in the door.  The atmosphere is a positive, “kumbaya-competitve”, exciting mix.

I have a wide range of athletes, and yes they are all athletes.  I work with runners, triathletes, Spartan racers, and other endurance athletes.  I have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology.  I am a certified personal trainer and Kinesio tape technician.  I am also currently preparing to take my National Strength and Conditioning Association, Strength and Conditioning certification in the fall.

I am married to an old rugby player, John, who challenges me more then most mountain ranges and a mother of 2 little girls.  Isabella, age 6, going on 16 and Julianna, age 4, her nickname is Baby Godzilla…no description needed.  I also am a mom to 3 fur babies.  Lincoln is a 4 year old German Shepherd, who is my running buddy and trail boss.  Aspen is a 12 year old Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix, who is a retired trail boss lady.  Finally, Gorlami, a 5 year old house cat that thinks he is a gym cat.  He can be found in the gym on the daily looking for love and affection.

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Lincoln and I after a trail run!
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Gorlami approves of dirt lines!
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Sweet, Ole Lady Aspen giving me snuggles.
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Trying to catch the runner in front of me!
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Out on trail 365…one of my favorites in the foothills behind my house.
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The goal board behind me!  I have the best athletes!
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KWU basketball
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Can you guess which one is Baby Godzilla?
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Paddle Boarding down the Rio Grande
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One of my favorite trails…yes I am a tree hugger.