"Lisa took a real interest in me and has been there every step of the way. "
Seeking Ultrarunning Expertise
In October of 2005, I ran my first 50k, and had such a good experience that I decided to set a goal to run a 100 miler in 2006. Since I had no experience at running ultras, I looked for a training plan to help me out. I soon found out that there really weren't any available since there are so many factors involved, and the most effective training really depends on the individual. An accomplished ultra-runner friend of mine referred me to Lisa. This is the best move I've made in my short ultra running career.
Lisa Creates a Personal Plan for Me
Lisa took a real interest in me and has been there every step of the way. She takes the time to understand my goals, my abilities, and my limitations (like time commitments, training preferences or how my body is reacting to the training). She gave me training schedules and race plans that really worked for me, and worked with me to adapt them as necessary. When I was injured for a month with a sciatic nerve problem, she continued to give me support and helped me cross train and get through it so I didn't miss a beat. She not only gave me my workout schedule, but she's taught me about nutrition, blister control and so much more. She taught me how to pace myself in a race, learn how to implement a run/walk strategy, and control my head (which has caused problems for me in the past)..
Lisa is Responsive
She responds to every question or concern right away, and offers encouragement whether I do well, or helps me learn when I don't do as well. She also travels to many races to pace or support many of her clients, and she was there for my first 50M and my first 100M cheering me on. I feel like I can be totally honest with her about how I'm feeling, and she lends me experience that I often find myself sharing with others.
What a Difference a Year of Training with Lisa Makes
One year ago, I was an ultra-rookie, who just suffered through my first 50k. Looking back at 2006, I've achieved so much: winning my first 50M in February, placing in the top 3 in several other marathons and 50's, and meeting my ultimate goal of completing my first 100 Miler at the Grand Tetons 100 in September, winning for the women. I also just found out that I made the 2007 Montrail Ultrarunning team, so I'm being sponsored after only 1 year of running ultras (I'm still having a hard time believing it). I couldn't have done it without Lisa. I see her as not only an experienced coach, but a good friend as well. There are so many great emotions involved with completing something as physically and mentally challenging as an ultra, and I am grateful for how Lisa helps share that with others.