Hi, My Name Is Nicole

I am an ultrarunner, and former scientist turned ultrarunning coach.

I specialize in helping busy runners finish their first ultramarathon with a smile on their face.

But I am more than your typical running coach, who gives you a weekly plan to follow and maybe a few check-ins to see how things are going.

No. Instead, I want to empower you to understand the different aspects of ultrarunning.

Why and how it is different from marathon running and how to train not only your body but also your mind.

In my coaching program: “Running Your First Ultra”, you will learn the ins-and-outs about goal setting, why training for an ultramarathon is different from training for a marathon, how to train your mind not to quit, which gear you need, how to run safely through the night and much more.

If you simply want 1:1 coaching, then, of course, I’ve got you covered too.

Check out my coaching page or directly apply to work with me here.

Science And Self Experimentation Guide My Approach

As a former scientist, I am a huge science geek.

I keep up with the latest research on exercise and nutrition to give you high-quality coaching that gets you the results you want.

I am a certified ultra-running coach through UESCA. Why? Because ultra-running coaching requires both: being an ultra-runner yourself and specific knowledge that a general running coach can’t provide. 

Besides that, I went through the industry’s best certification programs and received my basic training in both fitness coaching and nutrition through the Academy of Sports. I am also Precision Nutrition Certified (Level I), a certified online trainer through the Online Trainer Academy.

I also love self-experimentation and testing out new approaches and ideas myself.

And over the last 15 years, I also tried various eating styles.

For environmental reasons, I went vegan in 2006 and followed a whole foods vegan diet free of any processed foods. Due to constant symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), modifications of vegan eating caught my interest, and I ate a high-carb, raw diet for a few months. I also tried to eat a low-carb vegan diet but found the higher amount of nuts too hard to digest and the diet too expensive and unsustainable from an environmental point of view.

No matter what I tried, however, IBS would not get better. Instead, it got worse. The only advice my doctor had for me was to “not go hungry, avoid fatty foods and not overeat.” Bummer. I had already been eating like that, and my IBS just got worse over the years. It had gotten so bad that I didn’t sign up for any races anymore because I was afraid my rebelling tummy would lead to rather embarrassing situations.

In 2010 I was finally ready to give up on my vegan dream and reintroduced meat. I quickly transitioned into ketogenic eating and followed a high fat diet from 2011-2015. This has improved my health in several ways. My IBS symptoms disappeared and my frequent joint pain and knee swelling were soon a non-issue. 

After a while, though, this way of eating became boring, and I also wanted to have more flexibility in social situations. So I added more low-carb plant foods to my menu, and also had the occasional carb-heavy meal.

Nowadays, I don’t follow any specific dietary strategy anymore. Instead, I focus on whole foods and simply leave out the foods that don’t agree with me. Diet dogmas abound in the fitness industry, and I believe it’s harming everyone looking to eat better.

Other Stuff You Might Want To Know About Me

I am the second oldest of eight siblings.

I am a poetry nerd and read and write poetry in German and English. I invite you to check out my poetry on Medium 😊

Since I moved out from home at the age of 17, I haven’t owned a TV. I also don’t have a Netflix account. I don’t go to the cinema regularly either. If you want to watch a movie with me, chances are we can watch anything you choose (unless it’s horror or thriller) because it’s is 99.638 % likely I haven’t seen it :).

I live in Berlin, Germany. If you’re looking for a local ultra-running coach, feel free to get in touch 😉

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