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2024 summer and fall offerings!
An all-women's* training group, training for an all-women's race!
March 16 - May 11, 2024

Learn to Run Bend is a beginner level women's training group for

~ women who have never run before

~ women who haven’t run in a long time

~ women who have struggled to start and keep running

We welcome all sizes, shapes, and speeds of aspiring runners. 

Our goal is to empower all participants to ENJOY movement, for life!

In this 9 week class, we'll cover important foundational running information about

running gear, form, nutrition, places to run, and more.

We'll also dive into mindset magic that will keep you moving long after our class ends -

like finding and sustaining motivation, discovering joy in movement,

and creating long-lasting movement communities!


Clinics by local nutritionists, physical therapists, and personal trainers

help you fuel well, get strong, and stay healthy.

Learn to Run Bend is a fun and welcoming place to learn to run a 5K

in the supportive company of other beginner women runners. 

Join us to get

the community, accountability, confidence, capability, motivation, and inspiration

you need to cross your first 5k finish line this spring!


Your coach is Michelle Poirot, an RRCA-certified running coach and Duke University-certified health coach

with 10 years of experience coaching beginner running groups in Central Oregon.

We meet Saturday mornings at 8am and Wednesdays at 6pm.

We'll be training for the Bend Happy Girls 5K.

Learn to Run Bend like a BOSS. 

*Ceiling: Unlimited welcomes all gender identities and expressions

who feel that a women’s group is the right space for them.

Take a Peek at Learn to Run Bend!

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You want...

running to be an activity that you actually ENJOY and will keep doing!


movement to be something that lights you up and superpowers your day


to be nourished by community and the outdoors


to appreciate and make peace with your body

Two midlife women runners
You might:

feel like you have to be an expert before you even start!

feel like you 'should' run/walk/move regularly but struggle with motivation

not know how to get over the hump of starting - how to handle breathing, what shoes to try, what to eat, where to go, etc.

feel that your body has changed and you need to find a new jam


be new to town and need activity buddies


find yourself intimidated by the neighborhood Bendite-Olympian sprinting past your mailbox!

Learn to Run Bend will provide a safe space among supportive women where you'll be able to:

build your connection with and confidence in your body


experiment with running and other kinds of movement in the company of other friendly beginners


gently examine your past and present mindset around movement, fitness, and exercise


envision and enact your own sustainable running and movement practice

Midlife women's training group
McKenzie River Oregon
What's included:

Community ~ Accountability ~ Support ~ Confidence ~ Capability ~ Motivation ~ Inspiration


A 9 week training plan that will comfortably take you from not running to completing a 5K!


First and last Saturday Retreats to build community, unearth motivation, reflect, and celebrate!

​Twice weekly workouts, on Wednesday nights at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 8am that introduce you to a variety of great running locations around Bend​

Running clinics on breathing, running form, gear, warm ups, and more​


Easy-to-implement mindset techniques that strengthen your motivation!

Expert​ speakers on strength training, injury prevention, and nutrition


​Saturday post-workout coffee hour to connect with all your new peeps!​


A registration discount for our goal 5K race, the Bend Happy Girls 5K on 5/11/24

Private Slack group for support, cat memes, bad jokes, and ready access to your coach

An RRCA-certified running coach and Duke University-certified health coach with 10 years experience coaching beginner runners

Optional 1-on-1 coaching and/or runs with your coach

We'll talk about:

Your running practice as a tool for self-care, discovery, and general badassery


Making joyful and intuitive movement choices

The construction of your motivational toolkit - your vision, values, and support


Bringing clarity and compassion to your past experiences with movement, fitness, and exercise

Fortifying yourself against the toxic messaging of diet, fitness, and grind culture


Bringing mindfulness to your movement experiences

Putting your passion into action - stewarding movement communities and the local environment


Becoming a resilient mover with the confidence to try new things, shape your daily movement practice to your needs, energize the rest of your life, and inspire those around you

Does the idea of gleefully crossing a finish line with new running buddies make your heart sing?

Class has started! Regretting not joining us?
Get in touch with Michelle here.
Woman runner with medal

If you missed my free Zoom workshop, How to Start Running, email me and I'll send you the video!

Want to chat directly with me?  Go here to schedule a chat at your convenience or drop me a line here.

Hi, I'm Michelle!

I'd been coaching beginner runners for years when I added the potent magic of mindset and motivation science to help runners find and fortify their love of movement.


I'm passionate about empowering women through movement and I absolutely love watching runners finish their first 5K!

RRCA ~ Certified Running Coach

Duke University ~ Certified Health Coach

Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003!

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