Up And Running

Chico, CA, USA

©2017 by Up & Running with Alys

Run coaching by Alys

Up And Running



Customized training for all levels

I offer friendly, non-intimidating one-on-one or small group run coaching. Whether you're a complete beginner wanting to get started, a casual jogger with hopes of running your first half marathon, or an intermediate athlete looking to get faster or increase distance, I can meet you at your level of experience to build a training program together and meet your goals. I coach runners locally in the Chico, California area, as well as virtually through use of a training app, phone communication, and video.

Read more about my running story, check out my Instagramcontact me here for more information, or fill out this coaching pre-survey if you're ready to get started.


My Story

I first took up running at age 10 when my 5th grade teacher dared that I wouldn’t have to begin schoolwork until after I finished jogging, so I took that challenge quite seriously, jogging for nearly an hour before my teacher gave up and called me inside. I ran the mile for track in high school, but it wasn’t until 2007 when I decided to try my first half marathon that I really came into my own and found my love of distance running.

In 2012-2015 I encountered serious struggles with mental health. Anxiety and depression that had plagued me most of my life came to a head, landing me in the hospital with kidney failure as the result of substance abuse. I now believe that overcoming these struggles made me stronger and enabled me to be of service to others and relate to their experiences. I take each day with gratitude and humor, considering running & fitness to be a huge part of my continued recovery and happiness.

I run a variety of races throughout the year – from 5ks to my favorite distance, the half marathon – and recently ran my third sub-4-hour full marathon. In addition to racing, I also run as a pacer for Beast Pacing and Tri-Valley Run Club. I live in northern California with my partner Gary and am studying to become a Physician Assistant. I am First Aid certified, CPR certified, and a nationally registered EMT.

Check out my running resumé for more.


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”

Mark Twain


Contact Me

Where are you at in your running journey and what are your goals? Contact me here to arrange a consultation, or fill out my coaching pre-survey to get started.

Chico, CA, USA


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