Trail Running Vs. Road Running


We are going to bring road runners and trail runners together today!


Running is life , Life is running. What inspires your sole?


In this episode we are going to chat about some common questions we get within our healthy runner community when it comes to trail running, maybe we will bust some myths, and then we will also talk about some healthy running tips by 2 running health experts and how running has inspired Carolyn and Kim to live a deeper and more meaningful life!



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These are just some of the questions we answer during this fun and educational chat:


Does trail running improve road running?


Why should road runners run on trails?


Is trail running harder than road running?


What are your healthy running tips? 


How has running inspired each of you to live a deeper and more meaningful life?


Check out Dr. Scotti’s interview on episode 66 of the Inspired Soles Podcast: 



Learn a bit more about our guests in this episode!


Carolyn Coffin

-Certified Health & Running Coach

-Educational background in physiotherapy and kinesiology (worked as a physio in clinics/hospitals for 10 years before starting health/run coaching business in 2012)

-Head Coach for City Park Run Coaching in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

-Passionate about helping clients achieve their running goals without getting injured

-Co-host of Inspired Soles, a podcast that brings the communities of trail and road running together

-Avid and accomplished distance runner in events from 5k (18:58) to the half marathon (1:28:53)

-Boston Marathon finisher (2016)

-Elected board of director for Canadian Masters Athletes

-Online run coach: https://www.carolyncoffin.com/run-faster/

-Military spouse (we move a lot for my husband’s job in the Air Force)

-Mother of two (12 y.o. girl, 14 y.o. boy)

-Live in Winnipeg (central Canada). The forecast for tomorrow is -48 Celsius with the windchill! It gets to over 35 Celsius in the summer.


Kim Senechal


– Born and raised in Alberta Canada

– Licensed Physiotherapist – MSPT from Andrews University, MI 2000

– owner of Ascent Physiotherapy (private practice) in Comox, British Columbia (Vancouver Island)  2001-2010

– sold clinic and continued to work for new owner until 2015

– 2015 moved to Winnipeg with military spouse (military connection with Carolyn)

The Running & Gait Centre Director at The Pan Am Clinic 2015-2021 – 3D biomechanical analysis with 3D Gait designed by Dr. Reed Ferber @ the University of Calgary who worked with Dr. Irene Davis @ The Spaulding National Running Centre

– Clinically hyperspecialized in treating runners exclusively during this time

– Passionate about keeping runners running for the long term – treating causes, not symptoms

– Speaker, lecturer, course instructor, researcher @ The Pan Am Clinic and The Pan Am Clinic Foundation

– Pan Am Rehabilitation Services Clinical Manager 2017-2021

– Returned to Calgary AB July 2021

– currently Manager of Clinical Services – CBI Health (a multidisciplinary complex rehab clinic (PT, OT, Kinesiology, Psychology, MDs)



– childhood track star in small town rural Alberta (lol)

– ran first marathon after university in 2004  – one and done – not so wise but it was after a break up and I needed to do it

– discovered trail running 2 weeks after that and never looked back

– 10 years of running trails and trail races, road half marathons before discovering ultra running

– first 50K ultra in 2013 – Sun Mountain 50K in Winthrop, WA – AMAZING!!!!

– has run ultras all over the US and Canada – 50K – 100 miles

– 2 100 milers – Zion 100 and Tahoe Rim 100

– Running Coach – Bounce Strong – 2015-2020 – currently taking a break from coaching

– Inspired Soles Podcast Co-host est. 2020

– running has been many things to me over the years – my therapy, my celebration, my escape, my release, my social connection, my worship, my praise, my purpose, my passion


While at the Pan Am Clinic I was able to combine my passions of healing, teaching and coaching in the perfect work-life harmony.  It was while in Winnipeg that I met Carolyn and we immediately discovered our mutual dream to start a running podcast.  We dropped our first podcast episode in Sep 2020 and have enjoyed bringing the communities of trail and road running together ever since!



– currently live in Calgary, AB, close to the Rocky Mountains and world class running trails!

– 45 yo single mother of 2 boys (12 and 14)

– finding time to train is creative but doable & necessary  #noexcuses

– I’m a better mom as a working mom and a running mom.


Connect with Carolyn and Kim:


Inspired Soles Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1312027




Carolyn: @coach_carolyn 

Kim: @flyingphalanges1

Inspired Soles Podcast: @inspiredsolescast


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