About Me

I am Erica ~ a 43 year old mother of a 8 year old daughter, full time employee, running coach, race director, health & fitness coach and wife who loves to blog from the middle of the Pacific. In 2014, I started running for Toby. He has Down syndrome and we were perfectly matched through I Run for Michael.

Over the years my blog has grown with me. My blog focuses on my passions in life - being a runner, a mom, and a follower of Christ. I will always be honest and real and nope, I won't sugar coat things. I believe by showing our true selves we can better help one another. I include a daily gratitude and bible verse to remind myself, and others, that we all have a lot to be thankful for and we are capable and strong but can not do it alone.

I grew up with activity in my life but can not say I have always been fit. I struggled with my weight in those college years (like most people) and turned to aerobic running as a necessary gym credit. I am so thankful that my college enforced this as it opened my eyes to running in a new way. It isn't just about chasing a soccer ball around.

I didn't run during my pregnancy and regret how inactive I become during those 9 months and beyond. That is why I will always have a special place in my heart for running moms, especially new moms. Feel free to reach out to me at any time. You are not alone!

I have made HUGE mistakes in my life and through God's grace, and running, I have found a better path in life. I have found happiness again and am finally able to say, I am lovable.

My advice for new runners and followers of Christ: Don't give up and take pride in each small accomplishment. Running is hard, and so is doing the right thing at times. I can't say it really ever gets easy, you just get better at it! Incorporate small steps into your training and spiritual growth, document your progress, and you will see results!

I am a Beachbody coach and part of Team SOS as my runs of 16+ miles needs an extra boost!

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You may email me at lifeasarunningmom@gmail.com 

Disclaimer: I am a certified RRCA coach for adult distance running, RRCA Certified Race Director, and a Beachbody Coach. Fitness and running are my passions in my life and I blog to share my stories. What works for me may not work for you. I am a huge advocate for annual physicals and for being completely honest with your physician about how intense your workouts are and how many miles you are logging. It is always wise to consult your physician before beginning any new exercise routines.


  1. OMG! You said it all in your section on Advice for new runners! When I read the second sentence, I stopped dead in my tracks! You read my mind! I too am a mom that struggles with balancing time management between my goals and my 10 year old son's wants and needs. We'll find out how well it goes when I start my training next week for my first ever half marathon in November! Thank you for letting us know out here that we are not alone and that it can be accomplished!

  2. Aloha Run Mommy Run, you are not alone and there are alot of moms out there and running! I am glad I was able to touch you and know you will be able to achieve your goals. Good luck in training for your first half marathon in November and feel free to ask any questions you may have. You can do it!

  3. I LOVE the way my sacounys smell when they are new! I feel like they smell like bandaids! My hubby would beg to differ!

  4. Oh yes, the smell of new running shoes.....Heaven on Earth!

  5. you and your daughter and hubby are so cute :)

    1. Thanks Ali and you are an amazing daughter to your mom!

  6. So excited to be a sweat pink ambassador with you! It's nice to meet you and I'm encouraged. I'm a beginner and very slow runner and I'm hoping I can procreate in the near future :) I'll look to you for inspiration for being a fit running mom...

  7. I like your blog and enjoyed reading your recent post about your long run location. .. sounds pretty awesome to me since I just have some country back roads (with lots of hills) to brag about. Keep up the running/blogging!

    1. Thanks for the kind words and support! Your country roads sound nice too.

  8. Hello,
    I have a quick question about your blog. Could you please email me?
    - Jim



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