Kristen Tinker M.A. (aka Pacer Kristen)


Hi, I’m Kristen!

I’m a Certified Integrative Nutritional Health Coach and an RRCA adult running coach.  Which is a fancy way of saying I can tell you what to eat to fuel your body for better performance in running (and life!) and I can help you run faster, recover quicker and reduce your chances of injury.

I’m a lifelong runner and also a professional marathon pacer.  I’ve paced world-class events like the Miami Marathon and I coach runners from beginner level to runners who want to qualify for challenging races like the Boston Marathon.

I know first hand what nutrition, mindset, and training it takes to be successful with running. I’ve been there myself.  You can find dozens of websites and run coaches who will sell you a program to help you run faster. 

But without focusing on nutrition as well, you won’t have sustained results, reduced fatigue and reduced risk of injury.   My formal training as a nutritional health coach blended with my experience as an RRCA adult running coach will give you the nutrition, the plan and the mindset you need to run faster.

Through running, we fulfill our destiny as physical beings, and on the foundation of a

fitter physical being, we can build a better life!   JASON KARP

Jason’s quote above is the philosophy that I live by. I can help you by creating run plans and by supporting you with easy, daily upgrades of nutrition to fuel your body, so you can fun faster and be healthier. 

I’m a former teacher and principal, so I love to geek out on scientific research that shows us how our nutrition, supplements, fitness, and mindset play a vital role in having a happier and healthier life.

When I’m not running or coaching my clients on how to increase their nutrition and run faster, you can find me running around with my husband of over 25 years, my three kids and my golden retriever, Ellie.

I hope you will be a part of my tribe by joining my email community (click here to sign up!), where I send you recipes, fitness, and nutrition tips directly to your inbox every week.  Or, click here to follow me on Facebook where I post extra recipes and give you a sneak peek of my own health and fitness routines.

Running a family of 5 keeps me on my toes! I’m excited to share the same nutrition and running secrets that support the daily demands of training, running a family, and balancing life…they’re the same secrets that have supported my clients’ running speed, recovery and also their happy lives!

If you’re ready to run faster, beat your PR, or train for your next race, click here to check out my running program


Here’s what it’s like to work with me:

Jessica, Runner

“Working with Kristen has been a huge turning point in my running. I am not a lifelong runner. In fact, when I was in high school, I couldn’t even run a mile! I have done the usual online/book training plans and they were good enough for starter goals: running my first ½ and full marathons and getting a PR in my 2nd and 3rd marathons.

But I had a bigger goal: I wanted to be able to finish a race and NOT feel like I was going to die. I also wanted that elusive BQ. Nothing I did got me to those goals until I started working with Kristen. 

Since working with Kristen I have increased my pace substantially. I have gotten huge PR’s in 5K’s and ½ marathons (most recently a 1:41 ½ marathon finish). I have placed in my age group in nearly every race I have run.

I have changed my entire mindset about running and nutrition and am 6 weeks away from what looks to be a strong BQ.

Kristen combines training/running with nutrition, something that is lacking in most training programs. I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life and look at food in a completely different way (something that this eternal dieter never thought would happen!)

Kristen’s support is what sets her apart from all other programs. She is very open and communicative every step of the way. She explains why she is scheduling runs the way she does. She is also open to changing the plan based on my needs and those of my family. She is very communicative and checks in weekly.

Before every race, Kristen takes the time to go over goals and expectations preparing me mentally for what’s to come.  I would not be accomplishing my goals without Kristen’s support and guidance.”

If you’re like Jessica and ready to run faster, reduce injury, beat your PR, and accomplish your next big goal, click here to check out my running program