RJ Cowan competed in cross country and track and field at the University of Texas at Tyler where he became a two-time All-American, South/Southeast Regional Champion as well as a multi-time school record holder. While running as much as 129 miles/week, RJ honed his craft and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Kinesiology in 2010.
Angie Shoffner specializes in women’s running helping athletes in all distances mile to marathon.
Coach RJ: When did you get into running?
Coach Angie: Started running in 2001 and ran my first marathon at age 19 in 2003.
Coach RJ: What distances have you competed in over the years?
Coach Angie: I have run 8 marathons and more half’s than I can count. I have run multiple half’s every year since I began running and marathons in between kiddos.
Coach RJ: When did you start coaching? What are some recent successes?
Coach Angie: About 3 years ago. Numerous PRs in 1 mile, 5k, 10k, half and hopefully full in Feb for Diana! One thing in particular I would consider a success would be increases in volume and less injuries.
Coach RJ: Any other specialties that you use to enhance your coaching?
Coach Angie: I’m VDOT certified long distance running coach. I fall back on my personal training experience (was certified for 4 years and worked as a trainer from 2018-2022) to help encourage/ enhance running with strength training recommendations. I also have a passion for nutrition and use my education in that to help athletes learn how to properly fuel their training and recover. One common theme I have found with women in particular is under fueling during long runs and all together in general. Increasing awareness in this has made a world of difference in quality of my athletes’ workouts and long runs as well as recovery and overall quality of life.
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