Nicki Monson

Hi I’m Nicki! Wife, mom/step-mom, goal-getter, juggler of career, family and life. Lover of all things running. Believer in big goals, chasing dreams, making memories and trying new things.

With a thriving career as a senior business leader, in my mid-40’s I was over-stressed and approaching burnout. I took a 4 month sabbatical with 3 main goals: spend time with family, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (see blog!) and train for my first marathon. That year I experienced the joy and challenge of pushing myself and expanding my belief in what I was capable of. And so began my love for running.

With a new focus on using running to balance my otherwise hectic life, I continued to train with a coach, race and pursue my running goals. Since then I have run 4 marathons, been a 2x Boston Qualifier, and in 2021 (at age 49) I clocked personal bests in every distance from 5k to marathon.

As I navigated the challenges of a career in a male-dominated field, I developed my passion for coaching, supporting and developing female leaders, helping them find their voice, build confidence and claim their seat at the table.

In 2021 I retired from my 28 year corporate career and am excited to combine my experience and heart for coaching with my passion for running by becoming a certified running coach. I work with runners of all abilities, from first timers to competitive runners chasing a PR or BQ. I enjoy the coaching relationship and the opportunity to help people achieve their goals.

I live in Naperville, IL with my husband Tim, my kids (1-4 depending who’s coming and going!) and two dogs, Ross and Rachel.

I would love the opportunity to be an ambassador for the Run Show! It looks like a fantastic event that I know many in my running network would enjoy. I would be happy to share about it on social media and in my blog. Thank you for your consideration.