"Lisa helped me with everything from race strategy to nutrition
to clothing choices and more!"
Finding the Right Coach
Lisa has been my coach for almost 6 months. Before working with Lisa, I felt like I got as far as I could on my own and needed some guidance so I could improve in shorter races and move on to my next big goal - a 100 mile race in early 2007.
In just the short time I have worked with Lisa, I have seen dramatic improvement in my running and overall fitness. My first race where I finally got to apply her coaching was the Vermont 50M. Lisa helped me with everything from race strategy to nutrition to clothing choices and more! She even gave me a little pep talk the night before on the phone. During that race I felt strong. I ran more than I ran in my previous 50M race and felt better towards the end. I kicked out those last 8+ miles at what felt like warp speed.
Improving at the 50 Mile Distance
Less than 2 months later I found myself at the start of another 50M race, the JFK50M. I really let my downhill trail running skills shine on the 15 miles of Appalachian Trail that was in the race. Lisa had given me some tough training runs where I would power hike up a small mountain near me and then run hard down. I passed tons of people on the downhill sections swiftly and with confidence. The middle 26 miles of the race were on a flat tow path which she instructed I adhere to a strict 8/2 run/walk. I felt good for the majority of that section and finished the race with a small PR and a huge smile. I am now ready to gear up to my first 100M race.
Making Great Strides
The things that really changed with Lisa as my coach are invaluable. Before I would just go out and run xx miles per day. Now, I run, I power hike, I do the elliptical and the stair stepper, I jump rope, I lift weights, I do core exercises and I even do speed work. I am definitely seeing myself morph into a much stronger and well rounded runner, and with the varied workouts I no longer feel burned out. Also, Lisa has always been so supportive of me and my ability to accomplish the goals I have set for myself. Her never ending enthusiasm and support has really helped me through some emotionally low points that I had.