Rhys Crosswell, Trail / Ultra Running Coach and Educator

Rhys Crosswell (in his own words): As a coach I want to inspire and educate people on how to become the best they can and encourage people to push themselves to limits they may not consider possible. I love running and the places, both mental and physical, it takes you. In my opinion Ultra-running dismantles all stereotypes. You should never underestimate the person you see on the start line of an ultra, nor should you judge them on their physique, age, gender, or the type of gear they wear. In my experience Ultra-runners have the mental fortitude to concur mountains, and rediscover limits and with the right guidance, there is no stopping us.

As a husband and father to a toddler, I know how precious time is, therefore I endeavour to work efficiently and effectively with my athletes, so they can reach their goals within the parameters they are working. In doing so it most importantly must be enjoyable, fulfilling and freeing.

As an athlete, I have always had running in my life one way or another. As a school kid I was always involved in athletics and cross country. Growing up I was very active in team sports and surfing, skiing and snowboarding. Being from New Zealand and growing up in the lower south island, mountains and adventure were very easy to come by! I went through a long journey in my late 20’s with chronic lower back pain, I thought my running days were gone but once I saw Kate from Endurance Movement I managed to get in the best shape of my life. After getting back into running competitively, I found the ultra distance and fell in love with it. I have competed in the 50-130km distance but most of my ultra running has been done on self curated adventures. I love finding a trail or particular goal and organising the adventure myself as it is extremely satisfying.

As well as working as a trail and ultra coach I also work in education. I had a brief spell at university studying behavioral science but changed and became qualified as a special needs education assistant specialising in children with autism. My love of the outdoors and passion for kids to spend as much of there time learning outside has lead me to my current role of running a specialised learning program at a primary school managing a Kitchen Garden project. I teach the students to grow and cultivate their own produce and then cook healthy nutritious recipes in the kitchen.

Show Notes: Rhys Crosswell, contact info:

E-mail: rhyscrosswell@gmail.com

Website: https://endurancemovement.com/coaching

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rhys.crosswell.coaching/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:

Dr. Kate Baldwin (PhD): Physiotherapist. Exercise and Sport Scientist. PhD examining strength training in long-distance triathletes.


Check out the Moving2Live Podcast episode featuring Kate Baldwin, released May 11, 2022; link to podcast:


Nick Baldwin, Coach, Endurance Movement


Check out the Moving2Live Podcast episode featuring Nick Baldwin, released 3/29/23 link to podcast:


Paul Thompson, Masters Runner


Check out the Moving2Live Podcast episode featuring Paul Thompson, released January 27, 2021; link to podcast:


Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River, Western Australia


Sam Wood, DPT

Physical Therapist, Runner, and Spartan Racer


Check out the Moving2Live Podcast episode featuring Sam Wood, DPT, released July 17, 2019; link to podcast:


Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, Silverton, Colorado


UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc)

Chamonix, France


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Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
 Travel Light by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org

Movement is a Lifestyle Features 6:20 Malee

Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click MIAL Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Malee

Where do you consider “Home”? Central Coast NSW Australia

What are your three favorite movement activities? Running, Swimming (if there is a stick to rescue and destroy), and more running

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Gee, I think nearly every day is a vacation for me. When we do go to another house there’s always either a beach or a forest nearby to explore (and room to run

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? What is this question? Am I supposed to get treats? Rob doesn’t feed me before or after I do any running. Can you please tell him I need more energy

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. It’s probably easier to answer what I don’t like……. ahhh nothing really. Rob makes my meals and puts in all sort of yummy stuff (which is all pretty healthy). I do really like Kefir or yogurt with fruit.

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? Covid sucks, I want to camp in the forest and race against the fluffy dogs again

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? They need to live for the moment a lot more and not worry so much, also they only have two legs

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? I’m a sled dog. Last year Rob and I were rookies of the year at our club. I get to run through the forest as fast as I like and Rob is there just behind me. He’s much better now since he got the scooter thing cause before it was just like dragging around an anchor (he’s sooo slow just using his legs)

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massage, I get all my human friends to do it to me. I like sharing this so when one stops I go to the next one.

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Strickland forest is just 5 minutes away and I love running the trails there (and occasionally I get to chase a wallaby).

Contact information for Malee:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therelaxeddog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therelaxeddog

Website: https://www.therelaxeddog.com