Hey there! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN, CDN) with a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition, and a Road Runners Club of America certified running coach. For more information about my professional background and the nutrition and run coaching services I offer, please visit my website Eat for Endurance. FFR is where I share my latest running, food, travel, and other life adventures!

I first fell in love with running as a member of my high school’s cross-country running team. I never had great speed, but I had the ability to remain disciplined in my pacing, which often allowed me to beat my opponents in the final stretches of a race. When I rediscovered my love of running many years later, I realized that my greater strength – and passion – was in distance running. I signed up for my first half marathon while living in London in 2009 and I was fortunate enough to work with a fabulous running coach, Sam Murphy, who helped me run my first marathon (Paris) in 3:41 and six months later, the NYC Marathon in 3:39 (my first BQ)! I was honored to contribute my “running story” and several photos to her book Real Women Run, published in March 2012 (story here).

She inspired me to complete RRCA’s coaching certification program in early October 2011, which was held in conjunction with the Portland marathon (my third 26.2 miler). I joined Physical Equilibrium as a running coach in 2012 and have had a wonderful time coaching the Gilda’s Club NYC Marathon team for four consecutive years.

Thus far, I’ve completed three ultra marathons (TNFECS DC 50K, UTHC 65K, JFK50) and nine major marathons, achieving Boston-Qualifying times in the 2010 NYC Marathon and 2012 Chicago Marathon. Other running accomplishments include winning 1st place women’s relay division at the 2013 NYC Triathlon (2nd place in 2014 and 2015), 2nd place women’s relay 2016 Big Sur International Marathon, and running my first Boston Marathon in 2013. The day ended in tragedy, but I am proud to have achieved my second fastest marathon on such a tough course. You can read more about my Boston experience on Runner’s World. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon again in April 2014! Despite being one of my slowest and toughest marathons, it was a unique and special race due to the incredible crowd support.

Here are a few more fun facts:

~I’m from Santa Cruz, California and currently live in New York City, but have lived all over the place in the last decade, including Paris and London.

~I love to travel. My longest and most memorable trip so far was my solo backpacking adventure around South America (travel blog here), which ultimately inspired me to work and live in London for four years.

~My longstanding interest in nutrition, health and fitness, accompanied by my increasing passion for distance running, ultimately brought me back to NYC from London to become a dietitian and earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from NYU.

~I love to cook and bake. Check out my recipe page for a sampling of some of my favorite recipes.

Thanks for visiting my blog! If you have any questions or comments, please email me at thefightandflightresponse@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!

Happy running!

Claire

Photo by Eddie Jacob taken from Real Women Run by Sam Murphy, published by Kyle Books