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AMBASSADORS - Erin Nielson

Running has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in a household where conversations about my grandpa winning age groups divisions and family members setting school records were the norm. I've always enjoyed how connected I feel to my body, mind, and the environment when I'm running whether it's a quick 30 minute run or a 20 miler on the trails. Any negative thoughts or stress seems to drift away with each step I take. This connection improved when I started running and racing in minimal shoes. Minimal shoes opened my eyes to purposeful movement and listening to the messages my body was sending, improving my form, and racing times. Furthermore, hip pain that plagued me for years while training disappeared when I switched to minimal shoes. For the last 4 years, I'm happy to say I've run injury free and happy.

I've always found the human body to be fascinating because of the control we have over it by the movement and nutrition choices we make daily. I feel healthiest when I'm making choices that are simple such as running without added bulk on my feet and eating fresh, non-processed food. This is the message I promote to my friends, family, and clients, which applies to SKORA's philosophy to run real and as naturally as possible. I urge everyone to be patient, talk to those in the know, believe in your own personal evolution, and adapt a healthier way of life.

I'm a recent graduate with a Masters degree in Health Promotion, as well a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I currently live in Seattle, WA where I enjoy running on trails along the Sound and also in the mountain trail system that I'm fortunate to live close to.I also work at Born to Run, a minimalist running store. My favorite race distance is the half marathon, but I continuously set out to challenge myself with new distances and events yearly. In addition to running, I enjoy trying new food and restaurants, traveling and exploring new cities, reading autobiographies and science/health books, photography, as well as participating in (and teaching) group fitness classes from Kickboxing to Pilates.