My "Team"

I have had a ton of help to get me where I am. I can't even begin to thank these individuals and organizations for all of their support!


Coach: Jerry Schaubach. I found Jerry in 2010 after a friend gave me his phone number. His simple and straightforward plans have brought me to a level that I didn't think possible!

 I am so blessed to be coached by Jerry, I can't say enough about him!

Sports Psychologist: Dr. David Asp
If you haven't worked with a sports psychologist before, read my accounts and email Dr. Asp.  Seriously. []

Training Partners: Craig, Jeff, Teresa, Marco and any other Northfield running company I can recruit!; Pat Foley; Gustavus and Carleton Women's XC Teams; Mesa; and last but not least my husband and life-long running buddy Nate!


I am truly honored to be a 2016 Brooks' Inspiring Coach! I was selected as one of the thousands of coaches across the country (high school, collegiate, club, online) for my TNC Endurance coaching. I feel like I have gone full-circle with Brooks, having been been a professional runner for them for 2 years and now a sponsored coach.

I have worked hard to cultivate a very close-knit team atmosphere amongst my athletes, arranging virtual "races" or competitions, hosting a summer training camp, sending out newsletters highlighting results and the fun humor our team has, organizing training runs, and race directing. I am so proud of TNC athletes and the team we have! Check out their successes here. Thank you, Brooks, for recognizing that we have a really good thing going! Run happy!

I work exclusively with UCAN's pre- and post-workout carbohydrate drink. If you've experienced energy or blood sugar issues or are a heavy carb-burner, check out my post here and consider giving their products a try! Use the code "UCANELITENP" for 10-15% (or more!) off your online order!

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have. Nutrition during training and racing has been a struggle of mine, so I'm very happy to share any tips and tricks I may have picked up along the way!

Mesa and I have run thousands of miles together with the help of Stunt Puppy's Stunt Runner. Absolutely in love! Use the code "MESA16" to get 25% off your online order!

I spent the majority of 2015 in and out of psychiatric hospitals, detox facilities, and eventually in a 28-day inpatient treatment facility. How could someone who was always top of her class, worked her way up the corporate ladder, making 6-figures at the age of 25, then worked her tail off to qualify for and then finish 69th at the US Olympic Marathon Trials, find herself hopelessly depressed and wanting to end her life? Turning to alcohol and eventually becoming so dependent on it that she couldn't go more than a couple of hours without it? So dependent that I was willing to do anything for the next bottle, and that mattered more to me than my husband, daughter, safety, or health.

I am so thankful to have had so many around me that pushed me to seek help when I didn't want it. I have been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, which I've likely had my entire life, helping me to achieve, but the highs and lows became very evident with the hormone swings after the birth of my daughter.

I thought my prior successes made me immune from mental health. Truth is, though, mental illness doesn't discriminate! It's also nothing to be ashamed with. If you have mental health issues, you have a choice: be consumed by them, or manage their symptoms. Reach out! Let's Break The Stigma around mental illness! I am always available to talk about my struggles - email me at nichole (dot) porath (at)

Best running store in the Twin Cities! Check them out! They're also really generous with discounts. Hard to beat expert service and a deal!

No comments:

Post a Comment