Today I’m going a few easy miles with fellow running coach James McKirdy.
James has been active for most of his life, and in high school was a part of several successful high school cross country and track teams.
His cross country coach, in particular, was a great mentor for James and his interaction with his coach shaped how James works with the athletes that he coaches to this day.
Early in his running career, James was fortunate enough to be able to avoid the injury bug.
Lately, not so much.
He’s currently on the shelf with a knee injury that basically happened out of no where, which actually popped up a day or two before a big race.
But he turned the negative into a positive, and was able to spectate/cheer/support a large number of his athletes that were also running in that particular race.
At this point, things are still up in the air in regards to his recovery. At this point James is simply taking it one day at a time and hopefully he will be back to running soon.
James has been working with runners for awhile, and between October of 2015 and January of 2016 his client load grew from about 10 to over 50!
With that kind of growth, James needed to work with more clients so that each runner would get the amount of personal attention and guidance that was deserved.
And as more coaches were brought into the fold, more runners were signing up for coaching. And as the group grew, more coaches were needed to keep up with the demand.
McKirdy trained is now up to over 130 runners, and continuing to grow.
Opening Up About Assault
Recently, James has opened up about an assault that happened to him during his college days.
He had recently written about it on his blog, and he is working on sharing his story more freely in hopes that it helps other victims of assault to recognize that they are not alone.
If you’ve had an experience with assault in your past, know that you’re not alone and that there is support available if you need it. One great place to get started is with the Jane Doe No More foundation.
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