About SRQ Running
Holly Johnson, Coach
An average-at-best athlete growing up and into early adulthood, I began my competitive endurance sports streak at the age of 30 when I started out training to finish an Olympic distance triathlon. A then resident of Boulder, Colorado, I was motivated by my husband who encouraged me to get off the stair stepper and shift from indoor aerobics classes to the outside arena. This sports-minded community and lifestyle also included a wealth of professional coaches from which to study and learn. I finished my first triathlon in Steamboat, Colo., in 1991 coming in 20 minutes ahead of my target time. It was my “wow” factor — I can do this!
I followed the Durden program that focused on more speed training and lower overall weekly mileage to train for the inaugural Denver Marathon in 1993. I broke 3:40:00 and upon finishing said “never again!”. Lo and behold, I come to find out that I had qualified for Boston. And so the journey continued…
Over the past 28 years, I have had the pleasure of working with seven talented coaches who have helped me recovery from injuries and obtain a lot of running and training knowledge. I have competed in 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 my total 27 marathons, I qualified for Boston at 20 of these and have run six, including my fastest marathon in 20 years in 2017 at the age of 56. I also took on the challenge of one epic three-day TransRockies Run in the summer of 2016. But nothing will compare to the impact of participating in the 2013 Boston, where a fast finish 15 minutes under my age-group pace time saved me from being in the finishing area when the bombs went off.
I have nursed and healed injuries, taken up a daily yoga practice, and incorporated pool running, walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, alpine skiing, Nordic sports, strength training and scuba diving as alternate and life-fun diversions and healing practices that I can also share with family and friends.
So how does one go from average to achieving? It’s called “Runner’s Mindset.” This practice and formula is one I have developed over the years and fueled my personal, professional and athletic development. It has enabled me to excel in training, racing as well as in my public relations and marketing career. It also fueled my courage to face and deal with adversity both 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 and public relations and marketing career professional.