If you want to learn to run your best while feeling your best, without feeling like you need to be winning marathons or going to the Olympics, I can help.

Let’s start here (check all that apply):
“I’m here because I…”

  • want to start running so I can live a healthier, more active life, but I am not sure where to start;
  • am a regular runner, and want to learn strategies to maximize my running;
  • have been running for some time, but keep getting bothered by soreness or injury, and want to learn how to best prepare my body for running;
  • have been following other runners, but they always make me feel like I need to be winning marathons, or running 7-minute miles, or preparing or the Olympics when really I just want to live my life and run better;
Good news, my friend! If any or all of the above apply to you, I assure you that you are in the right place!
I’m Coach Kate Fylstra, and it’s my goal to provide support and community for the average, casual runner who wants to run their best while feeling their best, safely and sustainably, without the pressure to be winning marathons or breaking world records– in other words, to make running a great part of their life, not make their life about running.

Hi, my name is Kate, and I am a Master Personal Trainer and Running Fitness Instructor. That still sounds a bit strange to me, because I am not someone who has been “totally into fitness since forever!” Actually, up until February 2013, I was a couch potato. A naturally thin one, mind you, but a definitely a couch potato. But, then, things started clicking, and I realized I needed to make a change.

So one Sunday I told my husband I was going to buy running shoes, and Monday morning I was up facing the Rhode Island winter chill.  I turned on the Couch to 5k app, and I… mostly walked. Ran for a couple feet here and there. It was miserable. But Wednesday morning, I was back out trying again. And Friday. In between running days, I started doing a little resistance work with bands and a kettlebell I bought from Wal-Mart.

Then we moved, and I found an awesome military-spouse oriented boot camp program, so I ended up running 3-4 days a week, and going to boot camp twice a week. All the sudden, I was Miss Fitness. A new woman in boot camp called me “one of the athletic ones”. Me? Really? So when it came time to put all 3 kids in school, I started thinking about having a career after being a stay-at-home Mom for 10 years. What in the world would I want to do? Well, it seemed natural– I want to help other people discover being fit. Not in a “do this only” or “this one thing will work” way, but in a manner of self-discovery like I had.

So I found a certification program (NESTA), and went all in, pursuing their Master Personal Trainer program. And then I kept learning, and found new things to study, like nutrition.  After spending some time working as a general personal trainer, I realized that running is my passion, and what I really want to be focusing on, so I added Running Fitness Instructor to my list!

  • Master Certified Personal Trainer
  • Running Fitness Instructor
  • Biomechanics Specialist
  • Core Conditioning Specialist
  • Functional Training Specialist
  • Speed, Agility and Quickness Specialist
  • Tactix Certified Instructor
  • Certified Online Coach
  • Mind Body Fitness Coach
  • Kettlebell Coach
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

I love running, fitness, health,  and nutrition, I really do! So much so that I spend my spare time researching, reading, listening to podcasts, and watching documentaries about it, so that I can curate and bring this information to my clients.

So let me be your book nerd!  My newsletter, Runners’ Round-up, is created to bring you the important, science-driven, easy-to-apply articles, videos and podcasts, sent to your email with a little insight from myself so you can start taking action to run and feel your best.  Sign up for Runners’ Round-up HERE!

You can also find me on Instagram @kate.fylstra