What is Runner's Mindset?
Through 30+ years of training for 27 marathons, including 20 Boston qualifiers and another 200- races of all distances, Coach Holly Johnson discovered her “secret sauce” to reaching fitness and race goals was through a “feel good” mentality. Over the past 15 years, this whole person approach, which includes training programs, mental strength, nutrition, fueling, hydration, injury prevention and recovery, has helped evolve and train runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to reach their goals and find a way to fit running and fitness into their life.
About Coach Holly Johnson
An average-at-best athlete growing up and into early adulthood, Holly began her competitive endurance sports streak at the age of 30 when she decided to step off the stair master and train for an Olympic distance triathlon, with the goal of just finishing. A then resident of Boulder, Colorado, one of the places the elite live and/or come train, she was fortunate to have access to a wealth of professional coaches from which to study and learn. She finished her first triathlon in Steamboat, Colo., in 1991 coming in 20 minutes ahead of her target time. It was her “wow” actor — the “I can do this” mindset that fueled her passion over the next 30 years.
Her journey includes more than 200 races, ranging from 5Ks and 10Ks to half marathons and marathons as well as more than a dozen sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. Of her total 27 marathons, 20 were Boston qualifiers, six of which she ran, including her fastest marathon in 20 years in 2017 at the age of 56. To truly test body, mind and spirit, she also took on the challenge of two epic adventures: a weeklong Boulder Outdoor Survival School in the Utah desert in 1998 and a three-day TransRockies Run in the summer of 2016.
So how does one go from average to achieving? It’s called “Runner’s Mindset.” This practice and formula is one she has developed over the years, fueling her personal, professional and athletic development. Her positive mindset approach fueled her courage to face and deal with adversity in training, racing and life, and learn how to embrace every setback as an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve as an athlete, coach, mother, friend, family member, PR and marketing professional, coach and author of her first book, “How to Make Feeling Good Your Priority: A Marathoner’s Journey to a Feel Good State”, scheduled for release in early 2021 by Balboa Press.
Her love of great food and energy also led her down the cooking path, inspired by travels and the opportunity to work with many great chefs as part of her PR career. She takes a personal interest in nutrition and fueling both for herself and the people she coaches, including how to incorporate these important tools to maximize well-being, energy and performance. Her mantra, “Let go of the past and what was and live in the moment,” guides clients and athletes of all ages and abilities to a more feel good state, from which they can then progress as part of their running, fitness, career, family and life journeys.