About Me

My name is Nichole. I like to run :).

I was a competitive runner at Gustavus Adolphus College, chasing down 5 collegiate track records and several all-conference and all-region titles in XC before graduating in 2005.  Although somewhat fast, I was never outstanding (and never managed to finish All-American at the D3 level).  After I graduated, I continued to run, but it wasn't until I ran Houston marathon in '09 for an employer's marathon team that I began to wonder "how fast can I be?".  I spent a year and a half trying to figure that out for myself, which led to a year and a half of being injured frequently and constantly cycling between motivated and un-motivated.

I finally sought coaching help (after constant prodding from a coworker :), and found Jerry Schaubach.  My running and life will never be the same!  His guidance and structured plans helped me drop over 11 minutes off of my marathon PR in less than a year, as I ran a 2:44.46 at the 2011 Grandma's marathon, qualifying for the 2012 US Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, TX. In that race I was able to set another personal record of 2:44:12, finishing in 69th place (!).

I did a blog for Brooks that details that journey well - read it here.

Zoom Yah Yah Indoor Marathon World Record! 2:57

I have already achieved more than I ever imagined possible, met so many incredible people, and have been able to experience so many amazing things because of running, but I think there is more in me and more to experience!  So, early this year (2013), I left my job as a finance manager at Red Wing Shoe Company in order to pursue the running dream full-time. I don't want to look back at this time in my life and wonder what I could have done if I didn't go for it! I'm hoping that with another solid block of training, having more time to focus on the little things (including sleep and recovery!), I'll be able to earn my spot on the start line of the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. I am truly blessed by great sponsors and supporters that have helped make this dream come true for me. I never, ever believed that I'd be able to be a professional runner - dreams do come true!

I coach a small number of individuals privately, focusing on the 5k to the marathon. I aim to coach a fewer number of athletes so that I can create a near-term and long-term plan that works the best for each athlete and their unique goals and situation. No one is the same, and none of the plans I write are the same (similar in nature, yes!). I can happily say that as of 2013, I've had all of my athletes PR :). Either I'm doing something right or I'm just working with awesome, motivated runners. I like to think it's both! If you might be interested in joining the team, please contact me at nichole.porath (at) gmail.com and we can talk in more detail.

I have an amazing and supportive husband, Nathan, and love spending as much time with him as possible.  We have a crazy Vizsla named Mesa that runs probably 60-70% of my miles with me -- she probably logs more miles than most runners, even!  I also have an amazing "team" that has helped me get to where I'm at today.  Without them, I know this wouldn't be possible.

Mesa, my loyal training partner! Thank you to Stunt Puppy for making our miles together so enjoyable!
I am more energized and excited about reaching my potential, training hard, and racing now than I have ever been - Enjoy the blog!