“Before I met Coach G, I had completed three half marathons and a number of shorter distances, but I felt running a full marathon was beyond my reach. Coach G turned my self-doubts upside down and helped me realize that running a marathon was well within my reach. Her positivity and passion for running got me inspired to tackle the distance, and she kept me accountable, pushing me to reach my potential. With weekly training schedules and regular check ins, she offered insightful feedback on my runs, tips to improve my speed and form, and so much motivational support! Her texts before my runs and nuggets of wisdom were catalysts for crushing hill repeats and hitting new PBs. She taught me to tune into my body, tend to my running aches and pains, and always, always hydrate! Although marathon training was grueling at times and I had a couple setbacks, Coach G was always there cheering me on and celebrating my little victories along the way. When race day came along, I knew without a doubt I would cross the finishline, and I did just that with a big smile.
Completing a marathon was once a dream of mine and now it’s a reality! Coach G’s unwavering support and coaching played a key role in making it happen. Thank you, Coach G!!” Amy P.
“I’ve always been told I am an injury prone runner and should never run. But that is far from the truth. I might have a history of running-related injuries, but that isn’t from running. It is from running without the knowledge of how to run and train. So, when I got injured twice in 3 months and thought, “here I go again,” I thought I could either hang up my Brooks or get out of my own way. That is when I hired Coach G. Coach G helped me to go slower on my slow days and pushed me past my comfort zone on my tempo days. She listened when I got down on myself and helped me to find my own ways of turning down the negative thoughts. She taught me how to train effectively while lowering my risks of injury. In the 6 months we have worked together, I have gone from consistently running 12:00 or 12:30 min/mi paces to 8:50-11:30 min/mi paces depending on the type of workout. She has coached me through 7 races in 6 months: 4 x 5k, 2 x 10k, 1 x 8k. I even PR’d in all 7 races! I had never paid for coaching, but she made me a believer. Thanks, Coach G!” Jen M.
“Coach G trained me for three months in the lead up to my third 1/2 marathon. I have ran casually for years but always struggled with consistency and reducing my times so I felt I could benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of a professional & Gillian provided just that. She developed a training plan that was flexible enough to build around my hectic work and bike commuting schedule, all the while providing support and encouragement, especially when I was feeling like the sofa was a better option for the day. Under Coach G’s guidance I have learnt an incredible amount about training for longer runs and having previously written off ever running a full marathon, I am now considering it for 2020. I loved seeing the changes throughout my training, from how my form was changing thanks to hill form advice from Gillian, to running faster than I ever had before. Thanks to G and her knowledge, I am now running faster and stronger than ever before. This will be the best investment you ever make – I guarantee it. I now consider myself a runner and that is all down to Gillian and her hard work – Thank you!” Niamh R.
“Gillian was my running coach this year for six months, as I trained and ran my first 1/2 marathon. Her support and dedication to my training was integral in me reaching my goal, which I could never have done on my own. From the initial plan design, to the daily touch points, she kept me inspired, engaged and honest about my training. She is a very professional coach, with a fantastic sense of humor, that makes even the toughest training runs bearable. On top of her incredible passion for running, her knowledge about taking care of my physical and emotional health was a fantastic learning experience.” Karen L.
“Gillian is a reliable, consistent and enthusiastic running trainer. She is passionate about running, setting and achieving personal goals and supporting others to do their best. It was a pleasure to have her as my running coach.” Rachel G.
“Running on my own to train for a race? No way! I do not have the dedication and the motivation to do that, especially on those cold and rainy days. Before meeting Gillian, my only race had been a 5K in 2016 with a completion time of 43 minutes. Well, thanks to Gillian, I started running again AND signed up for another 5K race and accomplished it in 35 minutes after 10 weeks of coaching starting from ground zero. Through training with Gillian, I gained confidence, motivation, and dedication to my runs. Each week, I had to do 2 solo runs and send my results in to Gillian, and then a third run with her. It was sometimes hard getting out for those solo runs depending on the weather and how I was feeling. However, Gillian has always been great at motivating me and keeping my goal in sight. Having to send in my results after my solo runs provided me with accountability which is something that I lack when not with a coach! This is a great perk when working with a coach because “you just gotta do it” and Gillian is so great at providing continuous encouragement, motivation and positivity. Gillian provided continuous support through texts with encouraging words, emojis and always met me with positive energy, attitude and ready to run. Gillian always offered and encouraged me to run at my own pace. Closer to the race, Gillian gently pushed me to run faster. I never felt uncomfortable or like “I suck” throughout my running sessions with Gillian. I felt like I could push myself and I wanted to push myself. Throughout my time with Gillian, not only did I get better on every run, but I also learned warm ups, stretching, cool downs, nutritional tips and running posture. I strongly recommend training with Gillian as she is dedicated, reliable, flexible with scheduling, encouraging, positive and overall an AMAZING human being!!! I am a runner thanks to Gillian and all her hard work.” Cristina M.