Heini Tallent

Running coachHealthy Running Certified Coach, CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist

I haven't always been a runner, but sport has been a big part of my life since elementary school. In my teens, I did track and field - specializing in sprints - but it wasn't my main sport. For more than 20 years, I played basketball from Finnish juniors' National League to regional level in the UK, also getting an early taste of coaching at a children's basketball after-school program and track summer camps.

I originally worked in journalism and copywriting, but re-trained as a sports massage therapist, qualified in 2008 and set up my own practice back in England. I have been working as a massage therapist ever since. I work with chronic pain as well as sports injuries, and love being able to help people get better and feel better - so much more rewarding!

I got back into running only in my early 30s, but trained pretty seriously from the start; I read, I ran, I researched, and enjoyed challenging myself with goal after goal. I trained on my own but also with a hugely inspirational group of other women and our passionate coach. She inspired me to get into coaching myself, and in 2015, I qualified as a UK Athletics Run Leader and joined her coaching team. I followed that up with the Healthy Running coaching certification when our family relocated to Danville in 2016.

I now get to combine a decade's experience in sports massage with my love of running - I feel very lucky to be able to work in a field I'm so passionate about, helping people get healthy, out of pain and reach their running goals!

You'll find me at races from 5K to a full marathon, on the road as well as trails - occasionally crawling through mud or climbing over obstacles! I also work with Bay Area running specialists A Runner's Mind, coaching their Training For Success program in Lafayette, CA.

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