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 10:20 We Want Your Story

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: We Want Your Story – Scroll down for Chica’s story for Inspiration…and send her a happy 13th birthday message…and we’re not just looking for dog stories…bring us your human diaries, cat tales, horse lore…you are only limited by your imagination…read Chica’s profile…then submit a questionnaire for your yourself or your animal friend…

This Week: Chica

Where do you consider “Home”? Colorado Springs, CO

What are your three favorite movement activities? Trail running, frisbee (although I have been retired from this activity with concern for the jumping/twisting at my age), and playing in the snow

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Last week I went with my humans to the Never Summer Mountain range. What is nice about that location is that their hut system allows canines (many hut systems do not). We were able to explore the Nokhu Crags and there was so much snow in June! Our cabin was right next to the creek so I had cold water accessible and could wade if I wanted to. We spent all day running and hiking, then when my humans would glissade the decent I could chase them.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? When I complete long runs (15+) or run on a hot day, my Mom will take me to get a pup cup from an ice cream stand in Manitou Springs, CO. Manitou is the starting point for a lot of our runs, and the owner is a local runner too. He has a pup cup that is one scoop of vanilla ice cream.

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Popcorn. I eat no human food except for the occasional pup cup and popcorn. When I hear the microwave starting, I run into the kitchen.

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? Every year on my birthday I do a new movement activity. Last year, for my 12th birthday, I summited 12 different peaks in Colorado. This year, when I turn 13, we are going to find a 13er to do.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think it can be overwhelming for people to start a new activity to create a lifestyle change. When my human, Melissa, started running it was when she adopted me. So she had a structure in place to keep her running since I always wanted to get out. If people don’t have a structure to support their movement, it is difficult to keep going. Additionally, being patient is a big obstacle. A lot of times, dogs, included, we just want to do everything right away. But new movement takes time, training, and patience.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? The year I turned 10 was my biggest summer. I summited Pikes Peak (local 14er) 7 times and I had two runs that were over 30 miles. I call that my Banner Summer.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love my humidifier. My humans don’t know why. But they set one up in the bedroom and I love to nap right below the mist, especially after a long run. Rest is especially important and I always take a day off after a hard activity.

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) My favorite summit is a peak in Colorado Springs called Cameron Cone. About halfway up (less than one hour run) there are two rock formations called Gog and Magog. There is always a great view up there (see attached picture with the rainbows)

Contact information for Chica:
Chica does not maintain her own social media accounts, but you can follow her through her Mom, Melissa Stapanowich at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mstapanowich/