Carmen Graves

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Name: Carmen Graves

Contact Information:
Social Media: @carmenpelar

I feel comfortable coaching: Runners who have consistently been running for 1+ year. Runners who run the 8k distance and below.

I most enjoy coaching: Women Masters (40+ years). Runners who want to PR!

Education: Roanoke College (’13) B.A. Psychology
Certifications: NESTA Personal Trainer Certification
CPR/ First Aid Certified
Assistant Track and Field/Cross Country Coach – Ursinus College, Collegeville PA (9/14-12/15)
Volunteer Cross Country Coach- Christiansburg High School, Christiansburg VA (2013-2014)
Shoe Fitting Specialist- Runabout Sports, Blacksburg VA (1/13-9/14)

Expectations of you: I expect my clients to…

1. Be dedicated to the program
2. Have an obtainable goal in mind prior to entering to program
3. Ask questions when something doesn’t make since or when you having difficulties
4. Have a positive attitude and enjoy the process!

Expectations of me: You can expect me to…

1. Total dedication to helping you reach your fitness goals
2. Help determine your current fitness level
3. Develop an appropriate and obtainable goal or target race to work towards
4. Weekly planned workouts sent at the beginning of every week
5. Mutual communication, answer questions, and provide feedback after workouts and races
6. Help keep you highly motivated and enjoying the process of training and competing
7. Proper nutrition and fueling for before, during, and after workouts
8. Special health, wellness, nutrition, strength, and injury prevent tips and tricks that will keep you stay healthy and strong

Athletic Background:
During my collegiate running career at Roanoke College, I competed in a variety events ranging from the triple jump and 4x100m relay to the 800m and 1500m.  My best event was the 800m where I ran a personal best of 2:07.1 and was lucky enough to accumulate 4 NCAA All American Awards. Although I had great success in the 800m event, I was always just short of taking home the NCAA title, placing 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd throughout my collegiate T&F career.

Continuously walking away empty handed of the title continues to motivate me to run and compete post-collegiately. I quickly transitioned into a true mid/long-distance runner after graduating and happened to pick up the 3k Steeplechase. After my first year of picking up the 3k Steeplechase event, I placed 10th at USATF Outdoor Championships (2014), and 18th (2015). I now have a big goal to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 3k Steeplechase and continue to train as a member of Adidas Garden State Track Club in pursuit of my goal.

5 time All American T&F (‘10, ‘12, & ‘13)
Southeast Region NCAA DIII Track Athlete of the Year (‘12 & ‘13)
2x ODAC T&F Athlete of the Year (’11 & ‘12)
ODAC record holder (800m, 1,500m, 3k steeplechase, 4×400 relay, triple jump)
Top 10, USATF Champs 3k Steeplechase (‘14)
Draper Mile record holder (‘14 & ‘15)
Penn Relay 3k steeple Champion (’14 & ‘15)

Personal Best
800 m- 2:07
1 Mile- 4:31
3k- 9:21
3k Steeplechase- 9:47
5k- 16:08
6k (XC)-20:42
4 Mile- 21:40
8k (Road)- 26:47

Coaching Philosophy:
My program design is based on Daniel’s Running Formula, a more conservative and traditional method of training. I also follow Brad Hudson’s training theory on specificity through designing workouts on an individual bases. I believe that no runner is alike, and we all progress and respond at different rates to specific training. I work to discover what training each of my clients respond well to and eliminate any work that won’t reap benefits.
I strongly believe in the power of surrounding yourself with the right people who motivate you and inspire you to reach your goal. I believe in the importance of setting an appropriate goal and creating a structured plan to achieve that goal. I believe that supplementary training, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and injury prevention are equally as important as consistent running.  I believe in making training a fun and social experience.