Testimonials

Gerda – Lawyer On the Run

“Receiving my monthly training program from Coach Kathleen is about my favourite time of the month and I immediately slot all my sessions into my diary. One of the reasons I get so excited is that I am always amazed at how well Kathleen knows my body and when it should peak and recover. Running the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon has been a dream of mine since I was 10 years old, watching my dad finish his first (of three) Ultras. For many reasons my dream was delayed, but with the help of Coach Kathleen, it finally happened this year. On this journey Coach Kathleen taught me so much about distance running, but most importantly, that smart and consistent training will bring you more rewards than you ever thought possible. She also taught me so much about the importance of fueling right before, during and after a race, keeping momentum while tapering and how to mitigate the risk of injury with mobility exercises. I have never met someone as passionate about life and active living as Kathleen, so when race day (and the two weeks before that) didn’t go quite according to plan, I learned from her to just enjoy being able to run, never mind a perfectly executed plan – and so, with a lot of joy and tons of fun I managed to finish spot on my goal time! – Thank you Coach Kathleen! #runlaughlive”

Ashleigh – Endurance Runner and Working Mom

“I am so glad I approached Kathleen and Active4life  for my Two Oceans Ultra training programme. I had run the Ultra once before a few years back but this time round things were different. I had an almost 1 year old on my hands, and my time and flexibility were no longer my own. That was not a problem and Kathleen carefully factored this in to my training programme, which allowed quality training sessions and most importantly, not too much time away from my family and work commitments. At no point during the past 3 months did my legs feel tired and overtrained as they had in the past, which is testament to Kathleen’s vast endurance coaching experience. Unfortunately race day wasn’t as smooth going as my training programme was, as I managed to pick up a virus from my son. I still finished 8 min slower than my race goal, which, without Kathleen’s guidance,  would have been a really long day out. I cannot wait to try again next year, with a faster race goal in mind. Thanks Kathleen, you are awesome”

Emily – Mom, Business Owner & Two Oceans Sainsbury Medallist

Signing up and putting my faith into Coach Kathleen’s approach was the most refreshing and well spent exercise I have ever done. I cannot recommend Coach Kathleen enough!!!! I unfortunately signed up quite late and threw a few holiday spanners in the works, but Coach Kathleen worked magic around it with two goals in place 1)That I arrived at my 4th Two Oceans Ultra injury free and, 2)Slightly under trained. The training programme was not overloaded, allowed me to carry on with my strength training and with a lot of key focus on correcting my race nutrition, rest and built around my schedule and family. I loved my programme and the fact I couldn’t hide any sneaky sessions as everything loaded directly onto a shared programme with a breakdown of each step I had taken. This allowing Coach Kathleen to give feedback on every session no matter where I was in the world. Every week was different and by time I arrived at the start line a few things were different from the previous years: 1) I hadn’t touched any painkillers where normally by race time I am living on them, 2) I hadn’t needed a whole lot of physio, 3) My mind was focused and lastly 4) I felt refreshed and not tired and actually rather excited for race day. I ran my second best time this year, finished 60th in my age category and 96th lady overall – 04:52. I definitely think this was all thanks to letting Coach Kathleen take full control of the short few months she had to get me to the start line and believing in what she said. I will definitely be signing up well in advance for my next big challenge. Every crazy runner needs a calm person in their life!

Tanya – First Time Marathoner

I was introduced to Kathleen and Active4life by a school friend who made use of her services. My initial goal was to bring my half marathon time down from a 2 hour 30 min to a sub 2 hour half marathon. I had never entertained the thought of completing a Marathon. Although I came close on a couple of occasions to getting that “sub 2” my ambitions shifted to the possibility of completing my first ever marathon. Over the space of a 4 month period Kathleen prepared and worked out a schedule that would get me to that elusive marathon finishes medal. I unfortunately had picked the wrong time of the year to train, the dead of Winter! Although it meant early mornings of pounding the pavement in the dark or rain – the daily motivation of Kathleen’s schedule kept me going! I challenged myself not to delete the prescribed schedule from my inbox until I had completed the training for the day. Before I knew it, I found myself on the start line for my first ever marathon. Not only did I complete the race, I managed to sneak in just under 5 hours, which secretly, was also one of my goals. Without Kathleen’s assistance, I don’t think I would have ever manged to get myself to where I am with my running on my own. I have no doubt that with all the miles and effort I put in for the marathon training, that sub 2 hour half marathon is just around corner for me!

Stephan – Triathlete

I found out about coach Kathleen via my brother-in-law who also used her services. The goal was to get me ready for the 70.3 IronMan. What I found the best aspect about working with Kathleen is that she’s available 24/7 to answer questions and give support. She replies promptly and to the point. Her experience in endurance racing and coaching puts her in that unique position to be that person who knows what she is talking about by having been through it herself first-hand. The other great thing about working with her is that no matter what races you want to go for, she works out your training program around that to get you to race day feeling good and ready to roll, TrainingPeaks that she uses to manage and track the progress is an awesome and invaluable tool in this process! And if your to ambitious about your race schedule, she gently persuades you to a better schedule whereby you train and race at an optimal level for where you are at! I really enjoyed working with Kathleen and would highly recommend her should you be looking for a coach!” ~ Stephan

Melynda – Half Ironman Novice

I have been using Kathleen as my coach for just over a year now, the goal was to enter a 70.3 distance Triathlon. Although a long distance runner, I am certainly no professional nor a speedster, even worse was that I was starting from a base of minimal to no training for around 6mts, Kathleen definitely had her work cut out for her. The constant guidance via email, messages & face-to-face contact of encouragement from Kathleen was AMAZING. She is the most positive, caring & encouraging person I’ve ever met, even when it looked hopeless she was there with her smile pushing me towards my goal and to push beyond my expectations.” ~ Melynda

Sarah – Weekend Warrior

Entering Two Oceans 21km after a two year break is one thing, but being fit and strong enough to get through it in a decent time is another – especially at 45!  Thankfully I had the wonderful, awesome Kathleen to coach me through it.  Kathleen’s amazing running experience and skill, matched with a healthy dose of humour made the 8 month training a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience – thanks K and here’s to the next 21km!” ~ Sarah

Brandon – Endurance Junkie

Kathleen is an excellent, attentive and flexible coach. Her training programme prepared me for Expedition Imashi – a 400km run in 10 days. I really enjoyed working with her as I trained for my event, and could always count on her to reply to my queries, and adapt my programme whenever something needed changing. I trust her running insights and knowledge, and will be working with her for my first Comrades this year!” ~ Brandon

Craig  – Road Enthusiast

The training programme helped me to train smart and effectively, rather than just getting time out onto the road. I have improved my pace, distance and overall strength. I am now well-equipped to use this programme as a basis for my future training. Through the training programme I achieved a PB of 2:01 on the Two Oceans Half. ” ~ Craig

Johan – Half  Ironman Conqueror

From the outset Kathleen expertly guided us through our training weeks and offered more practical and value-adding advice than we could ever have hoped for. With Kathleen’s training program we not only managed to establish a solid endurance fitness base,but we also trained for 20 weeks without suffering any injuries, burnout or other ailments!” ~ Johan

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