MEET YOUR COACHES
Lorri RobertsTurtlegoesforarun@gmail.comTell us a little about yourself.Hey there! My name is Lorri but don’t be surprised if you hear someone call me Turtle. I’m an Event and Volunteer Coordinator working for a local non-profit called Brightside where I get the pleasure of working with over 30,000 volunteers each year to help plant trees, cleanup our communities, and teach people the importance of keeping Louisville clean, green, and sustainable! I’m originally from San Diego, CA but have lived here in Louisville long enough to call it home, especially since I met my husband here.How long have you been running? How many races have you done?I started running in 2007 because of a challenge from my hubby and ended up falling in love. It wasn’t until July 2013, when I joined the Fleet Feet Louisville training group that the bug really bit me though. Since then I’ve done 17 of my 18 half marathons, 2 marathons, and too many shorter distance races to count!What is your goal race/s this spring?I’ll be doing several races this season but my ultimate goal is to PR the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon on March 31st. What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were still new to running?It’s OK to run intervals! Seriously! You are still a “real runner” when you do!!
Intervals, when done properly, can make you a stronger and faster overall runner! I’ve used interval training for both of my marathons and it was super helpful even though I run without intervals for shorter distances.What is your favorite running shoe?I’ve always been a loyal lover of the Mizuno Wave Rider but just recently the Brooks Levitate entered the scene as a real contender.Tell us your favorite or most memorable running story.I’ll actually tell you my favorite thing about running… It’s incredible, the journey that running has taken me on. It’s been my comfort, joy, stress relief, my inspiration; humbling and empowering all at once. My training partners have become my family, my tribe, and friends for life. If you had shown the girl I was back in college a picture of who I am now, she never would have believed it. I hardly can now but I am so happy that running found me and that I found the passion and purpose it can give.What is your favorite thing about the Fleet Feet training program?When faced with a cold, rainy, blustery run at 7:30a on a Saturday morning and all I really want to do is stay warm in my bed it’s my running partners, ambassadors, and all of the trainees I get to coach, that get me out of bed. It’s not because I want to, though I am pretty fond of running, but it’s because those people care if I show up and that makes me care that much more. I’ve been a mentor/ambassador for 7 training seasons and Coach for the last 2 for the Fleet Feet Louisville Distance Project half/ full marathon training group and 4 times for the No Boundaries Couch to 5k program. People think that as a Coach or ambassador it’s your job to inspire others, and that’s true, but I can tell you with certainty that I’ve been more inspired by the stories and struggles of the people I’ve mentored and coached than anything I can ever contribute.Sean Lloydsean_lloyd@apple.comTell us a little about yourself.Originally from Philadelphia but grew up in Lexington where I met my wife of 28 years, Sandy. Have two sons now ages 23 and 21, Tyler attends Law School at Chase Law NKU while Drew attends UK as a junior. How long have you been running? How many races have you done?I’ve been running since 2014, completing nine half marathons and one full marathon. What is your goal race/s this spring?I’m looking forward to participating in Run the Bluegrass, KDF and most likely Indy’s Monumental in the Fall.What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were still new to running?It’s not a race every time you run.
What is your favorite running shoe? HOKA
Tell us your favorite or most memorable running story.Not a particular story...more so the journey of 2017 bonding with a group of runners and competing my first marathon. What is your favorite thing about the Fleet Feet training program?Watching people do things they never thought possible!Jill Adelsonjilladelson@gmail.com Tell us a little about yourself.I am mama to two amazing kids – a 5 ½ year old son and a 3 ½ year old daughter. I am a professor at UofL and have lived in Louisville for 8 years. A few fun facts about me – I wrote a book about overcoming perfectionism in kids, I have a Harley Davidson sportster, and I studied in Australia for a semester and volunteered in Papua New Guinea and the Dominican Republic.How long have you been running? How many races have you done?I ran 5ks for about a year during graduate school, and then I took a long period off to begin my career and to have my two kids. When my daughter was about a year old, I started with the Fleet Feet No Boundaries 5k program. Since finishing that in October 2015, I have run at least one race every month, including 8 half marathons and a marathon.What is your goal race/s this spring? I have several fun races planned – Triple Crown, Disney Princess Weekend (5k, 10k, and half marathon), Run the Bluegrass, and Flying Pig. My goal race is the Derby Festival MiniMarathon (I am a KDF ambassador).What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were still new to running?Your goal race is a celebration of the season. Your training is where all the hard work is. Work hard but also have fun during training, and then trust your training and enjoy the celebration that is your goal race.What is your favorite running shoe?I am a strong believer in rotating at least 2 pairs of running shoes. My current favorites are ON Cloudsurfer and New Balance (1400s for speed, Vazee Pace for mid-distance, Zante for treadmill running and strength-training).Tell us your favorite or most memorable running story.So many good stories – pacing the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is definitely high on the list. However, I have to go with finishing the Indy Monumental marathon in November. What is most memorable about it is not just that it was my first marathon but that the three people I set out on the journey with (Laura, Sandy, and Jennifer) and I all finished within minutes of each other. There I was still in the finisher’s area, and I was reunited with Rebecca, who had run the race with me until the last 0.2 mi, all 3 of my training partners, and Dana! It was amazing having exceeded my expectations and met my goals, but it was even more rewarding knowing that the people I trained with all also met their goals! Soon, I was surrounded by more members of the Fleet Feet family as well as my kids in their “Mama is a Runner” shirts, my husband, and my friend Cristin in her “Run Crew” shirt. It was a moment of taking in how much support I had for my accomplishment and to celebrate the accomplishments of my friends! Rita ParksMiz.email@example.com
Tell us a little about yourself.I am employed at the Northeast YMCA onsite daycare in the 3 year old classroom, so I basically chase other people's kids for a living!! Both my sons were high school/college cross country runners. Besides running, I enjoy biking, hiking, volleyball, wallyball, gardening, and sewing. I recently took up pickleball (don't laugh, it’s fun.)
How long have you been running? How many races have you done?I always considered myself a cross country walker until my younger son finished his college running in 2001. He suggested I try running and discovered I enjoyed it. I prefer distances of 10+ miles.
What is your goal race/s this spring? I have signed up for the KDF miniMarathon and will probably run the Papa John's 10 miler. I am also planning to run either the Run the Bluegrass or the Horse Capitol. What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were still new to running?I learned on my own that I am a social runner and enjoy running more with a group than by myself.
What is your favorite running shoe?One that fits well and looks good as well.
Tell us your favorite or most memorable running story.In 2002 the first Derby Marathon was run. As I was finishing my mini marathon race that year, running on 6th Street, James Matuse (the eventual winner of the 1st Derby Marathon) turned onto 6th Street. For a short distance I was running alongside of him and in my mind I was screaming "somebody take my picture, I am running with Matuse". Sadly no one heard me!!