Jamie Sheahan and Ben Lustgarten running in downtown Burlington. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.
Jamie Sheahan and Ben Lustgarten running in downtown Burlington. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Jamie Sheahan will be taking over Skirack’s social media accounts once a week to offer advice and answer questions around running/walking and nutrition starting THIS coming Tuesday 6/16/20 and every Tuesday thereafter, with support from our friends at The Edge! Follow Skirack and The Edge on Instagram @SkirackVT @EdgeVT and on Facebook @Skirack and @TheEDGE to ask questions and learn how you can take part in our Facebook group: C.H.A.M.P. - A Community Health and Movement Project

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Hi, I’m Jamie and I want to welcome you to C.H.A.M.P.! A Community Health and Movement Project aimed at creating an inclusive, diverse, and supportive active community in the Burlington area. If you are new to running, an elite runner or just looking to start a new walking regimen you will fit right in. In the interest of full disclosure, I run — a lot — and I love it, but I still find it hard to put myself in the category of “runner.” That’s because I used to hate running. To be fair, I sucked at it. I grew up playing team sports and absolutely dreaded team runs. I was always at the back of the pack, huffing and puffing my way along.

Jamie Sheahan in one of many local running events
Jamie Sheahan in one of many local running events

Fast forward a decade or two and I’ve now completed close to 50 marathons, five ultra-marathons and have lost count of how many half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. That isn’t all that’s changed. I also went from eating a pretty marginal diet (no meal was complete without ranch dressing, chips and/or French fries) to my new role as a dietitian, specializing in sports nutrition. I can’t pinpoint when this shift occurred as it was more of a gradual evolution that influenced not only my personal life, but my professional one as well. I count myself lucky in that my passion evolved into a career and I truly love nothing more than sharing my passion for all things nutrition and running.

Pre-COVID-19, I balanced my time between working one-on-one with nutrition clients, personal training clients, teaching fitness classes and lecturing as an adjunct professor of sports nutrition at the University of Vermont. I did everything from designing training plans to help clients toe the starting line of their first 5K, to developing a fueling plan to get a seasoned marathoner a long-sought-after Boston Marathon qualifying time as well as speaking to a lecture hall of (mostly attentive) undergrads. Now I’m doing tele-nutrition, virtual training, teaching online and trying to find ways to keep running! Organized races are temporarily on hold so that’s why I am so excited about this group.

In contributing to this blog, I hope to be a resource for all things running and fitness. There is a lot of advice out there about both and it can seem impossible to navigate through. Fortunately, that’s what I do. I’ll break down everything you need to know and sort through what is legit and what advice you can (and should) pass on. Whether you are a walker, “runner” or, like me, someone who just happens to run, stay tuned as we get you ready to hit the ground running…literally.