Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Schmidt.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Heather. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
There are a few things in this life that rule my world – food and adventure! As a pastry chef, running coach, athlete, and adventurer I use running, biking, the outdoors, and nourishing food to inspire and connect with my community. I have been working in the bakery and restaurant industry for over the past 20 years, and have started my own ventures as well. When I decided to strike out on my own I started City Chicks, where I held modern day home ec classes, from sewing, baking, and canning to hands-on butchering classes. In 2012 I also co-founded and began Union Square Donuts, and we opened our doors in Somerville in 2013.
Trail running and biking has been the thread throughout these ventures that has kept me grounded. I start my days in the woods on the trails – it’s my meditation and time to connect with myself. It’s the most freeing feeling in the world. It’s during these times I plan my next adventure, whether it’s bike-packing through Oregon or dreaming about the next trail race on my calendar.
Today I specialize in coaching athletes who are new to running (or maybe are a little rusty)! I am also creating a running and writing retreat where we utilize trail running, journaling, nourishing food, and the beauty of the outdoors to inspire and connect. I hope to create a space to fuel adventure in mind, body, and spirit while connecting with community.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It wouldn’t be an adventure if the road was smooth! Whenever you venture down a new path, there are bound to be bumps, rocks, and roots along the way. It’s in these moments we learn, grow, and become more aware of who we are. I’ve learned that human connection is irreplaceable and that the outdoors fuels the spirit.
Heather Schmidt – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I coach and work with athletes who are newbies in running, are coming back from a hiatus, or want to try a new distance. I am your biggest cheerleader! Along with coaching I host a trail running and writing retreat where we explore self-expression through journal writing, trail running, and connecting with each other.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The definition of success is very personal. I have learned to ask myself some questions to keep myself on my path. Who are you doing this for? Are you contributing to the world in some way? And the big one – will you have regrets if you do (or don’t!) do this?