Team RE

Meet the Coaches

We have great coaches who are friendly, fun, and know their stuff.

about-bethBeth Baker

Chief Running Officer of Running Evolution
coachbeth@runningevolution.com

Certification: Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)

I love my job. I have personally coached almost 2,000 non-runner students to run distances from 5ks to marathons. Before founding Running Evolution in 2006, I co-coached Seattle Fit from 2005-07 training more than 300 new runners to run or walk the Seattle Marathon. In addition to being a certified running coach through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), I am a certified personal trainer. I love being a running coach in Seattle because it’s a beautiful place to run.

No. Seriously, who is Coach Beth?

I am a runner, not an athlete. I have a son. I have red hair. I like beer. I love cake. I am married. I wish I was a singer in a rock and roll band. I snort when I laugh. I love to run with music. I am a bad speller. I lived on a boat. I used to surf. I weighed over 200lbs when I was pregnant. I had fun eating when I was pregnant. I have a terrible voice. I have run 6 marathons and 15 half marathons. I cry every time I watch finishers complete their first 5k. I believe that physical activity can change your life, and generate power for those lives around you. I love my job.

about-pamelaPamela Sue Wuest

Head Coach and Director of Adventures

Certification: Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)

Secret Power: Can talk seriously about wine and beer and enjoy it.

My passion for sports and fitness really started before a sprint triathlon in 2002. I cried the night before the race out of fear, and then cried again at the finish line after the huge accomplishment. My goal ever since has been to encourage and motivate others to try. I’ve coached for Running Evolution since 2011, and have lead Couch to 5K classes, Rock It classes, and full marathon training.

My early event training led to a myriad of injuries and setbacks that taught me a core principle of training – listen to your body! With increased awareness, you learn when to push yourself harder and when to taper due to fatigue or soreness that could lead to injury or burnout. The human body can be pushed to amazing levels, but it’s always your workout, your training, and your body. One of my favorite mantras: “Listen to your body. But don’t let it lie to you.”

Since moving from Ohio to Seattle in 1999, I’ve completed a multitude of events including nine triathlons, five marathons, and many half-marathons. I’m proud to have summited Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. In addition to coaching a beginner’s sprint triathlon group, I’ve coached outdoor fitness classes, led training runs for a half-marathon group, and completed classes on nutrition and exercise physiology with a Personal Trainer program at a local college. I’m also a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, a program empowering girls ages 8 to 13 to complete a 5K race and live a healthy lifestyle.

Want some specialized attention to improve your time? Pamela is availeble for one-on-one coaching. Please e-mail coachpamela@runningevolution.com for details.

about-mariaMaria ‘Hot Legs’ Millsap