"Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome will be."
Lisa – Cherished Coach, Friend & Mentor
I've been working with Lisa for about 18 months. In this time, she has become a cherished friend and mentor in all aspects of my life, not simply ultrarunning. The majority of my best memories from 2006 stem from Rocky Raccoon, the Marathon Des Sables, and Grand Teton Races. In addition to getting to know Lisa, I have had the privilege of getting to know her husband, Jay. Last year at the Rocky Raccoon 100, Jay paced me through miles 60-80 late into the night, after already having run the 50 earlier in the day. This remains a special memory for me, and demonstrated the meaning of partnership and team effort. It is with certainty that I know my life is richer from having known and worked with Lisa and her family.
Lisa Helps Me Push My Personal Limits
Lisa has seen me through the extreme highs and lows of many races, but also through some of the joys and sadnesses of life in general. She has, and continues to believe in me, allowing me to cultivate the determination to push myself to my personal limits. I'm hoping to undertake Badwater in 2007, and would want no one other than Lisa coaching me along the way.
Lisa Motivates Me to Results
From a coaching and professional standpoint, Lisa is unparalleled. Her experience, knowledge and abilities cannot be matched. She is prompt, reliable, and thorough in sending schedules, returning e-mails, and motivating me to results. It is with excitement that I look forward to success in 2007 as I know great feats are within my reach. With complete confidence, I know she'll get me there
Lisa’s Gentle Reminders # 4
In addition to actually learning to run ultradistances, Lisa had taught me other things along the way. I have learned patience and practiced stubbornness, to test myself and dig deep. Seems as though I always hear her gentle reminders, especially when a race or long training run is getting difficult:
"Put your head down and make it hurt”
“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional”
“Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome will be”
“You have to go slow in order to go fast, it's a long way to go."
I am continually grateful that I have been given the opportunity to know and work with Lisa. The changes within me over the past 18 months have been exponential and I believe she was the catalyst for much.