P3 Running Announces New Coach

P3 Running is pleased to announce that Lori McConnell will be joining the P3 Running team as a coach starting February, 2016. To start, Lori will be actively involved in Tuesday Night Group Training Sessions and will begin coaching and be open to new clients in March, 2016.

“I am looking forward to Lori joining P3 Running. Most importantly, her passion for the sport rings true to the philosophy of P3 Running. This coupled with her well-rounded experience will only enhance what we are able to offer our runners.”~Michele Pettinger, owner of P3 Running.

Lori is an experienced runner who fell in love with the sport and began her running career during her years at the University of Portland where she was surrounded by great races and plenty of trails to explore. In graduate school, she ran her first half marathon and upon finishing went straight to sign up for her first full marathon. Lori is proficient in several areas that pertain to a runner’s lifestyle. As the co-owner of West Seattle Runner she enjoys working with runners of all levels on a daily basis, from proper shoe fit and gear to coaching new runners to their first half marathon. After opening West Seattle Runner with her husband, Lori spent several years as a running coach for the Team in Training program where she coached participants to run a half or full marathon, while they raised funds for blood cancers.

Lori holds a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Lori’s running experience teamed with her former career as a mental health therapist allows her to couple sound training principles with helping client’s develop mental strategies for training and racing. Lori will finalize her RRCA run coaching certification in April 2016 and looks forward to working one-on-one with athletes to take their running to the next level.

“Running is a way of life for me and sharing that gift with others is one of my passions. I believe that this sport is transformative; part of the beauty of it is that it is one simple activity that has different meanings for each person. One of my strengths is listening to what that meaning is, what the desired goal is and offering guidance on how to get there. I believe that with proper training, solid guidance, mental fine-tuning and determination, you will create your own fulfilling journey with running.” ~Coach Lori