Meet Paige Kell. Paige is not only a mother runner here in my hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina; she was my first running coach. Paige helped me achieve my running goals for running my first marathon, training for the Goofy Challenge at Disney World and motivated me to obtain my RRCA running coach certification. Paige is as kind as she is talented and I’m honored to train under her gracious guidance. She inspires many runners, both new and experienced, and helps them achieve their goals.
This is her story.
Hi my name is Paige Kell and I started running in 2006 after the birth of my fourth child. He was six weeks old and the last of my children, so in order to get in shape I decided to run and train for a 10k in my hometown of Winchester, VA. I had a year to train so I figured I could accomplish my goal, even though never running before, it seemed like a giant feat. When I first started, I couldn’t even run 30 seconds without stopping and walking. Having played sports my whole life, I had the drive, but running was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Eventually, I was able to run for several minutes at a time, and then I made it to a mile without stopping. Once I accomplished this goal, I was addicted. I continued to train and after a few months, I was already running five to six miles at a clip.
Once I hit that mark, I decided to keep going and ran my first half marathon in December 2006 – Thunder Road in Charlotte, NC! My running continued to grow, and I ran a 10K later that same year and additional half marathons. My great friend, Terri Marshall, convinced me to run a marathon and I ran my first full marathon in December 2009.
Running has made me a more positive mother, a healthier and happier wife and a devoted friend. I run with others and most of the conversation is encouraging, uplifting, and positive. When I run by myself, I spend this time praying for my kids and talking to God about life in general. Running allows me to be in touch with my spiritual side as well as be a much better mother, wife, and friend.
God has blessed me with the spiritual gift of encouraging others and because I have always loved sports, I decided to become a running coach. In January 2010, I received my certification though Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and immediately started developing my run training program called Fort Mill Fast Feet. That fall, with the help of the YMCA, I trained my first group of 40 beginner runners to their first 5k. Fast Feet has continued to grow and now has more than 80 members. Our runners are training for all distances, starting with a beginners program, Couch to 5k, up to runners training for a 10k, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. I even train a few ultra marathon runners.
My passion for helping others becomes even stronger with time. I love to help people who struggle with fitness, but find the love and joy in running. I hope that I will continue to use my gift of encouragement to help mothers and fathers become fit and accomplish their goals in running and fitness.
Personally, I have a goal to run Boston and my four kids and my husband are helping me get there. They are always asking me about my running and how many miles I ran in any given day. They have seen me finish many races and it is always motivating to know they will be there at the finish line. My next marathon will be in March 2016 and I will be running several 5ks, 10k, and Half Marathons before then. Who knows, maybe I’ll even run a full this fall!
This fall and spring I will be representing Celanese Chiropractic as a sponsored athlete. I am excited for this opportunity and am honored to represent such a fantastic group. I will set challenging goals and run for a new purpose all while still continuing to help others accomplish their goals! It is my passion to help others find their love for running!
I hope to see you out on the road! I will be the one smiling and cheering you on!