Today I am going a few easy miles with Monica Olivas- holistic health coach, running coach, blogger, and podcaster.
Monica’s blog initially began as a way to document the training for her first marathon, and it turned into much more than she ever expected.
Since then she has completed over 80 half or full marathons and has no plans to slow down any time soon.
Monica was quite literally a runner by accident.
After completing high school, Monica took up walking with friends and family to lose weight.
Due to various reasons, she found herself without anyone to walk with and therefore took to the treadmill.
Over the course of the following year, she found herself adding in short spurts of running to relieve the boredom and monotony of going the same speed.
Eventually, she found herself running 5 days a week for an hour at a time.
Her first time running outside was also her first race which was a 10k her friend convinced her to do.
Monica thought she had an idea of what a runner was and convinced herself she wouldn’t fit in.
Her notion of what she thought a runner looked like was shattered at the 10k when she saw all different shapes and sizes.
Accountability Through Social Media
When Monica signed up for her first marathon she knew she would need accountability.
She decided to document her training with a blog as a way to do just that.
Over the course of 4 to 5 years her blog slowly began to gain momentum and became so much more than a training log.
Monica realized she could turn her passion and hobby into a career that could support herself with.
Creating a podcast was on her mind for some time after experiencing the positive reactions to her blog.
The summer of 2017 is when her podcast, “Run Eat Repeat,” officially launched.
Focusing On The Whole Picture
Monica is a firm believer that each runner is unique and should be viewed in their entirety not just the workouts that are done.
Her passion for health and running turned into her becoming a holistic health coach and a running coach.
Some of Monica’s tips for improving one’s diet through small changes are:
- First look at what you ate the last few days.
- Pick 1-2 things to change in your diet.
- Decide what you are willing to do.
- The changes should be sustainable and something you don’t hate.
- Start small.
- Identify 3 habits standing in the way of your goal.
- Make one habit stick before moving on to the next one.
Monica is committed to leading her clients by example.
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