O u r   S t o r y

 

 

Real Life Runners was founded as a resource for runners and other health-minded individuals to get on track to healthy living. Our lives were meant to be awesome, and we want to show people the shortcut to better health through running, exercise, and nutrition.

We focus on quality over quantity, with a distinct purpose to every run and workout. We focus on strengthening the muscles needed to support you as a runner, to avoid the vicious cycle of injury and re-injury that many runners face.

Our training plans incorporate each and every runner's unique talents and abilities, and are adjusted to meet the needs of each athlete.

H i s t o r y

 

Hi!  We are Kevin and Angie Brown, and we thought we had it all figured out, until it all came crashing down, which led us to truly dig deep, research, and figure out the keys behind true and lasting success. We came from very different running backgrounds.  Kevin always accepted himself as a runner, winning accolades in high school and running for a Division I university team in college, but he operated from the do more, work harder, push harder mentality, which lead him down a path of injury and burn out.

After college, he started coaching himself with the same mentality, leading to more success, including multiple top 3 finishes in 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and even a first place finish in his 3rd marathon ever, until a random series of seizures in 2017 stopped him in his tracks.  Apparently, this was not the best way to train, and we needed to figure out a better way.   

 

Angie ran, but never considered herself a runner, so she would allow herself to make excuses, find reasons not to run, and not really push herself to get better.  When she hurt her back and couldn’t pick up her kids, sit on the floor to play with them, and saw how her health was affecting her ability to show up as the mother and person that she wanted to be in this world, she knew something had to change. 

 

With a doctorate degree in physical therapy, she knew how to rehab her back, but it went deeper than that. She needed to reorganize her life and prioritize all of the things that she had been neglecting. 

 

We read, researched, experimented, earned more certifications, and then created a system to help others get the same benefits.  We created a framework to incorporate running into our real lives in the best way possible.

 

We transformed into Real Life Runners, and everything changed. 

We've seen the amazing results that we have gotten for ourselves and our clients, and have seen the positive impact that it has had in our lives outside of running as well.  We now coach athletes around the world to do the same, to truly take on this identity, optimize their training with our proven framework, and see the amazing impact that it can have on their running and their entire life.  

 

We believe that there is greatness in all of us, and running is a pathway for us to find it.  Running helps us to challenge ourselves, teaches us lessons about perseverance, working hard, and succeeding.

 It proves to us that we can do hard things,

    that we are strong, that we are capable of so much more.

 

 

More About Your Coaches

Dr. Angie Brown, PT, DPT

 

Angie is a physical therapist, with a doctorate degree from the University of Miami and a bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame. She has a passion for health, wellness, food, and fitness.  She has been practicing physical therapy for 15 years, and during that time, she has worked with clients ranging from 7 to 103 years old.  She has seen first-hand the difference between people who take care of themselves and those who do not, so she wanted to help to educate more people on the importance of healthy lifestyle changes now, in order to live an active, vibrant life now and as we get older.  She specializes in runner-specific strengthening programs to help prevent injury and treat runners as they rehab from injury to prevent re-injury in the future.

As a runner, Angie loves to push herself to see what she is truly capable of now (it wasn't always that way!)  Using the Real Life Runners framework and Kevin's training plans, Angie ran her personal best in every race distance in 2019, including the half marathon in 1:53:01, 5k best of 23:15, and 10k best of 49:46.  She has also won multiple age-group awards in her local races.

Kevin Brown

 

Kevin is a cross country and track coach and high school teacher, who ran Division I CC and track at the University of Notre Dame.  He has coached teams and individuals to the state championship almost every year, and several of his former runners have received scholarships to run in college and compete professionally.  He believes in quality over quantity, allowing adequate periods of rest, and pushing hard on workout days to achieve amazing results.  

Kevin is an elite local runner, with first place finishes in countless 5ks, top 3 finishes in multiple full and half marathons, and an overall first place finish in the Fort Lauderdale A1A full marathon in 2017.  His recent (adult) personal best times include 2:38 for the marathon, 1:11 for the half marathon, and 15:38 for the 5k.  And those are all since having kids, a full-time job, and an active family life.

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