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Bob is a seasoned IHSA-certified cross country and track coach with over ten years of coaching experience at the junior high and high school levels where he has coached regional and state qualifiers, resulting in 43 All-State runners and one All-American. Bob logged over 25,000 miles during his running career where he competed on high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate levels in anywhere from 800 meters to the marathon.
His 2022 boys and girls cross country teams that had a combined 80 runners participating capped off an amazing season with strong showings at the SIJHSAA State Cross Country Championships in mid-October. His girls finished as the state runner-up. Six members of his girls 2nd place team earned All-State honors. His boys team finished seventh and had two members earn all-state honors. His top boy went on to compete and earn All-American honors at the Cross Country Coaches Youth National Championships in Shelbyville, IN in November. Prior to that, Bob’s cross country teams were consistently among the top teams in the state where either his boys or girls teams finished among the top ten teams at state from 2014 through 2019. On the high school side, Bob coached multiple All-Conference and All-Regional athletes within the IHSA in cross country and track. Two of his runners qualified and ran at the prestigious Illinois Top Times Indoor State Championships with one runner earning All-State honors.
Bob has served as a race director for 5k runs and cross country meets. He was a founding member of the Jefferson City Road Runners Club in Jefferson City, MO, where he was a vice president of the club and race director for over five years. He also served as the race director of the annual First Baptist Academy (FBA) cross country festival which had as many as 13 teams competing. He also served as the co-race director of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 First to the Finish Kick-Off Cross Country Invitational in Edwardsville which had over 2,000 combined high school and junior high runners participate each year. Finally, Bob serves as the race director for three home meets including the Triad Jamboree, which had approximately 800 runners participate in 2022.
Bob personally logged over 25,000 miles over his running career. He ran at Jefferson City High School which was among the largest schools in the state of Missouri at the time where all four years his team competed at the highest level and at was at one point ranked as high as eighth in the country in postal competition. He went on to run in college where he ran cross county and track. He qualified for nationals twice in cross country and once at 5,000 meters on the track. He finished in the top ten at the Nebraska Cornhusker Cross Country Invitational and competed at the Drake Relays among other meets. Finally, he competed in several marathons including the Dallas White Rock Marathon and the Lincoln Marathon.
Bob is excited to be joining the Runwell coaching staff and stands ready to help you achieve your personal running goals whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner.
Coach Lisa was "born to run". She always ran to catch the Sunday School bus, as well as to school, the local rec center and swimming pool. She ran rings around the boys on the playground in elementary school, and as she got older, lettered in high school track and soccer and ran track in college.
While in the Air Force serving in Southern Italy, Lisa and a group of running friends set their minds on running up Mount Aetna. She could be seen frequently running around the base, golf course paths and through the sand at the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
To Lisa, running is about enjoying the outdoors, self-discovery and beginning each day on the 'right foot.'
She had a goal of finishing a marathon before she reached 42 and met that goal by completing the Chicago Marathon. Since then, she has run two ultra marathons, 37 marathons and more than 100 half marathons. Her short term goal is to run a full or half marathon in all 50 states. She also participates in countless local 5ks, 10ks and sprint triathlons.
At the end of each race, Lisa will run back on the course to cheer on others or run to the finish line for those seeking an extra push.
"I'm excited to join Run Well Coaching as an RRCA-certified running coach," she said. "And I'm eager to assist with your running goals."
Coach Kelsey fell in love with running as a young adult. As a teenager, she was never considered an athlete - opting for musical theater and choir over more athletic endeavors. PE was basically a living nightmare - dodging balls and dreading the mile run was never her idea of a good time. She only started exercising to keep her friend company as he ran and cross-trained for the school's tennis team, though she didn't own a piece of fitness clothing at the time. Instead, she went to the YMCA wearing denim Bermuda shorts and a pair of Converse trainers. As you can imagine, that ensemble didn't last long. When Coach Kelsey got to college, she used running as a way to take control. Her body was naturally slender in high school, but as she grew older she began to gain weight - growing hips and seeing fat in places she wasn't used to was very scary. All of this change made her uncomfortable and self-conscious, so she started using running as a way to force her body to look how she wanted. During this time, she enjoyed running because of how it made her look, not how it made her feel.It wasn't until after college that she actually fell in love with running. She was going through a post-graduation identity crisis, and on a whim, decided to run a half marathon. Training for that race over the next few months transformed her - long hours spent pounding the pavement pulled her out of the identity crisis and allowed her to explore her own thoughts, and beliefs, and focus on who she wanted to become. Finishing that first half marathon was symbolic - it showed her how strong she was, and gave her the confidence to bring that strength to other areas of her life. Since that first half marathon, she has run many more half marathons, 5ks, 10ks, and a couple of marathons.Since starting her journey as a runner, Coach Kelsey has also become a wife and mother. She loves helping others fall in love with running, just as she has. By day she is a product manager at a healthcare company. By night she coaches runners and facilitates MBA courses at SIUE. She's an RRCA-certified running coach and believes rest and cross-training are just as important as the time spent running. Coach Kelsey is excited to partner with you on your running journey, and can't wait to support you as you accomplish your running goals.
Lindsay Hustedde (formally Zeiler) assisted the Florida State women’s cross country program as a volunteer assistant and Graduate assistant for head women’s cross country coach Karen Harvey for three years. Hustedde also completed three years of High School cross country coaching as Head Men’s and Women’s coach with Massac County High School for two years and Head Women's coach at McCracken County High School for one year.
Hustedde assisted the Florida State Women’s cross country team to an NCAA Division I National Runner-Up title in 2010 and NCAA Division I National Podium team (4th place) in 2011. Hustedde assisted in coaching Colleen Quigley who was an FSU cross country and Track and Field All-American, NCAA Div. I Champion in the 3k Steeple and recent 3K Steeple Olympian (8th place finals). While at FSU, Hustedde also coached All-Americans Violah Lagat, Amanda Winslow, Linden Hall, and Pilar McShine. Hustedde assisted with On-Campus Official and Unofficial recruiting, coaching, travel, and equipment. Hustedde functioned as assistant meet director during all home competitions.
Before coming to FSU, Hustedde was interim Head distance coach at Murray State University.
Zeiler competed as a student-athlete for Southeast Missouri State University while completing a degree in Health Management/Exercise Science. During her collegiate career, Zeiler earned 10 Ohio Valley Conference Championship Titles and became a four-time NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier in mid-distance to distance events. She ran a 4:28.24 in the 1500 meter run at Louisiana State University during the NCAA Midwest Regional to record in the top 10 list at Southeast Missouri State University.
Prior to collegiate running, Zeiler starred at Massac County High School in Metropolis, Illinois while collecting four-time Illinois State Track and Field Championship Titles in the 1600 and 3200 meters, 3rd place Illinois cross country title, and a sub-five minute mile split.
Lindsay’s running motto is laugh a lot and have fun while challenging your body to limits you didn’t think possible and leaving your competition in the dust! Do not let fear get in the way of an exciting journey of good friends and memories made along the way! She loves the quote, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always gotten!”-Author Unknown
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Don Yakstis is an avid nutrition enthusiast, reading and learning everything he can about how food affects the body. He has been a nutrition coach for the past two years, sharing his passion and helping others. He is a firm believer in nourishing the body with delicious foods and figuring out what works for each individual based on their genetics, preferences and lifestyle. He has a passion for life and helping others live their best life.
More fun facts about Don: He is an Army veteran who has reclaimed his fitness. After an injury keep him immobile, he found himself turning to food for comfort and the pounds came with it. It was a cycle of emotional eating, feeling bad, more eating. He found himself at 250lbs, his heaviest. The battle began. He knew it was time to make changes and find happiness. He battled back and lost over 75lbs. He became an obstacle course racer with a top 20 finish in an Elite event, and represented Team USA as a competitor in the 2016 Obstacle Course World Championships in Canada. He holds a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate. He is currently training for his first FULL marathon!
As a former teacher who battled her weight through nearly 2 decades, Erica discovered her love of running while working in the fitness and weight loss industry. Her background in education naturally leant itself to coaching, and she began mentoring new runners almost immediately. Her beginner running program, Cross the Line, successfully saw new runners of all ages and physical abilities complete their first 5Ks, many of them going on to run 10K, half marathons and marathons, and even some ultra-marathons. Erica considers watching these athletes develop a love of running and pursuing their goals often to be more satisfying than her own racing accomplishments.
In the 10 plus years Erica has been a mid-life runner, she has climbed to the top of the pack in age group running. She considers her greatest athletic achievements to be qualifying for the Boston Marathon (twice) and completing Ironman Arizona in 2018. On the road to those bucket list races, there were many steppingstones along the way. Erica continues to race distances from 5K to Marathon, Sprint Triathlon to Ironman, and very much enjoys assisting others on their journeys as well. “I always race my best, when my training has been peppered with training buddies to make the experience fun.” This fun training buddy philosophy factors heavily into every group training Erica coaches.
“I am excited to be a part of RunWell Coaching! Whether you are just beginning your running journey, or have a half marathon or marathon goal in mind, I will be thrilled to help you along the way.”