Up And Running

Chico, CA, USA

©2017 by Up & Running with Alys


"I used Alys to get back into running after 7 years. I wanted to do a special run and only had 5 weeks to train. Alys kept me accountable during my training weeks, and showed me proper stretching & strengthening. I lost 3 minutes on my mile in the weeks I trained for my 5k. Can't wait to use her for my half marathon goal!"

“At age 36 I was unhealthy, overweight, and clueless about how to fix it. I was worried, so I asked Alys for help. She supplied a set of simple, practical, and realistic tools to get me started. She helped me set my own fitness goals and track my progress. Every step of the way Alys was there to help me with issues like: nutrition, avoiding injury, cross-training, stride/pacing, even choosing shoes. Three years later, I’m a daily runner. Running has become a major joy in my life, improving both my physical health and sense of well-being. Alys’s encouragement, knowledge and positivity helped get me where I want to be, and enjoy the journey here.”

- my very first (and favorite) “client” ever, my partner Gary

Coaching Methods

I believe that becoming a runner is a a lifestyle shift to be celebrated. From your legs to your mind, running employs every facet of your being. In coaching, I utilize a variety of tools to get you moving toward your goal, no matter how big or small.

These may include:

  • Warm-ups and cool-downs for injury prevention

  • Nutrition

  • Strength work

  • Cross-training

  • Speed & stamina workouts

  • Positive psychology and development of a growth mindset, including mantras and other methods to increase 'mental fitness'

  • Routines & habit-building practices

  • Development of a supportive community to share your experiences

My personal motto is "progress, not perfection." I've seen people set high goals with black-or-white, all-or-nothing thinking, setting them up for viewing anything short of perfection as failure. My intention is to create a non-intimidating environment in which you can ask questions and share your good days and bad days. Each small, attainable step will amount to a giant leap in your personal journey. My role will be as your guide, but also a supporter to offer feedback from my own personal experiences as well as construct solutions together.

Running Shoes

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 this coaching pre-survey to get started.