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Customer Testimonials

Mark Gillanders, distance runner extraordinaire Mile 25 of A1A Marathon, February 2012

Mark Gillanders, distance runner extraordinaire
Mile 25 of A1A Marathon, February 2012

In September 2010, I contacted Joy and told her about my childhood dream that I would run a marathon before I turned 40. Time was running out and I had already registered for the last possible marathon, the 2011 A1A marathon. I was a regular at the gym but I was not a long distance runner. God had given me the legs for sprints and the body frame for playing rugby (I am from England originally). Joy asked me lots of questions (more than even my doctor has ever asked) and listened intently to my responses. She put together a training program that was customized for me. It was by no means easy, but it gave me so much confidence that I had a path to follow.

The reason I wanted to leave this testimonial is I remember reading Joy’s other testimonials and thinking that I do not resemble any of these people. Most of them were clearly accomplished runners already and Joy was there to take them to the next level. I was not even a long distance runner, I was not trying to win but simply finish! Joy had to start with the basics of running; form, cadence, breathing, and even choice of running shoes and gear. It is clear to me that if I did not have Joy to guide me, I would not have completed that first marathon. She prepared me for the pitfalls I was fearful of but also the ones that I was not even aware of at the beginning of my journey. In short, Joy is a coach that can work with runners at all levels. If you are a beginner (like I was) then you can feel reassured that you are in capable hands when you choose Joy as your coach. Since that first marathon, I have run another two marathons and a half marathon. My training has already started for the 2013 season and I am confident with more coaching from Joy to lower my PR’s.

 

Sara Gomez, runner and H.S. Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach Jacksonville Marathon, December 2011, 6th Woman Overall

Sara Gomez, runner and H.S. Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach
Jacksonville Marathon, December 2011, 6th Woman Overall

Joy’s individual workout programs have made me a stronger, faster, and more efficient runner. Her training has prepared me both physically and mentally. I look forward to each new workout. Her experience and expertise has kept me focused and motivated throughout my long training schedule. With Joy’s help I have completed my first two marathons injury-free. As a former NCAA athlete, I didn’t anticipate setting new personal records. However, after just 3 months of training I have reached new records in both the 5K and 10K distances. Working with Joy has been a wonderful experience!

Mari-Lee Baxter, runner and triathlete Women's Overall Winner of the 2009 A1A Marathon

Mari-Lee Baxter, runner and triathlete
Women’s Overall Winner of the 2009 A1A Marathon

It has been a pleasure working with Joy for the past five years. I enjoy the personal attention and expertise that she brings to my training.

 

Jane Julian, runner and triathlete Ironman Florida 2009 and 2011 Finisher

Jane Julian, runner and triathlete
Ironman Florida 2009 and 2011 Finisher

I have been working with Joy for several years. She is extremely knowledgeable about running and racing. Her own impressive running resume makes her the perfect coach. She knows first hand what it is like to train and race everything from a 5k to a 50 mile trail run. When I first started working with Joy I was recovering from a significant injury and was barely running. I never thought that I would complete an ironman but I did! Thanks Joy, your advice and support helped me get to the starting line and ultimately to the finish!

 

Dr. Charles Metzger, Jr., MD Palm Beaches Marathon, December 2011 Crossing the finish line with daughters Adriana, Natalia, and Alicia

Dr. Charles Metzger, Jr., MD
Palm Beaches Marathon, December 2011
Crossing the finish line with daughters Adriana, Natalia, and Alicia

I started working with Joy after running my fourth half marathon. I always ran to stay in shape, but I wanted to see if I could get better despite a busy life with 4 children and a busy medical practice. Joy created a detailed running schedule for me and helped me work on my running technique, nutrition, hydration and the mental aspect of running that I never really considered before. Despite running more often and longer distances than I ever had before, I really never even got sore–let alone an injury. With Joy’s help, I was not only able to complete my first marathon but I set my personal best in my 5K and half marathon distances. I had an amazing finish to my marathon when my 3 daughters were able to run the last 100 yards with me. I will never forget how wonderful that felt and I owe that experience to Joy and her coaching! I plan on running another marathon now that I have the confidence and her as a coach because I have enjoyed the experience and her as a coach so much.

 
Dottie Guilbert

Dottie Guilbert, Healthy Living Client

I have known Joy for many years. My New Year’s resolution was to get healthy. Joy said she could help me if I was willing. We live on opposite sides of the country, so, it had to be online or on the phone. Joy listened to my goals, set up my schedule, and coached me through my first 25-pound weight loss. She is attentive to more than how many steps I take. She educates, supports, enlightens. I am still me, just a better me! With Joy’s coaching, I have made true changes to my diet, my activity level, and my confidence. And, dropped two sizes and improved my cholesterol in the process.

If you struggle with motivating yourself, connect with Joy. She loves this stuff!