I am Alan Sheppard, an RRCA certified running coach and a certifiable crazy trail runner (thanks to AREC). I started my running journey later in life, at 33, with a couch to 5k program. I loved the “long run” and started to develop a (typical) curiosity of, “how far can I go?” To answer that burning question, I started building up my stamina with AREC’s Marathon training program, and I successfully completed my first marathon, a year after I started to run as a hobby. Next, I caught the trail running bug in our local trails by running with AREC’s trail running program as well as the many trail races and ultramarathons available, what an amazing community. After four years and 20 Ultramarathons later, including a 100 mile finish, I am still crazy for running trails. Let’s get dirty!