Eat on the Run athletes are beginners, experienced racers, and every day exercisers looking to accomplish their next goal. Whether it’s a 5K, marathon, triathlon, or a weekend cycling class, athletes who are working with Melissa experience increased confidence, improved performance, and a heightened feeling of accomplishment.
Melissa was there, eager to help me and hone her skills as a running coach(really a life coach). She was there every step of the way. She took the time to listen to my fears and reservations. She compiled the data and created attainable goals/milestones. She checked in on me each week(if not more) to see how I felt. She supported me even when I did not complete my running homework! Because of Melissa I was ready to conquer the Marine Corp Marathon. Melissa kept me grounded and helped me realize that it was never about my finish time but about the experience and accomplishing an incredible feat. I am proud to say that 2 years after enduring 3 long months of chemotherapy for metastatic lung cancer, I ran and FINISHED the Marine Corp Marathon in 5 hours 45 minutes. Running the marathon was by far the most difficult thing I have ever done, but I was prepared. I was prepared because Melissa got me to a place where I believed I could do it.
I got so many things out of using a coach for this seasons training, I can’t thank Melissa enough! What I can truly take away though is the importance of a schedule, variety, and accountability! I ran regularly but I was not strategic in my workouts; I wouldn’t push my self beyond adding an extra mile or so to a long run. When working with a coach I found myself doing and enjoying (?!?!) speed workouts and other challenging runs and I never was too intimidated by them for I knew I had that person who believed in me and that I had to report to. I saw benefits not only in my increased confidence overcoming these goals but I found I was performing better on my typical runs as well.