Happy Runners

Here’s what some past participants had to say:

“I loved this clinic and would recommend it to anyone. It was a really supportive environment to get my first 10k under my belt. I didn’t think I was a runner, but I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. I really appreciated Gillian’s enthusiasm and sincerity – she does a great job of encouraging participants to achieve the clinic goal (despite their doubts!) and keep running.” – Sandra Johnstone


“GIllian is excellent teacher and coach. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She teaches little steps at a time. You never feel overwhelmed. You go at your OWN pace. If you do your homework consistently, this will definitely help you complete the course. I will definitely be signing up for more of Gillian’s courses. Since I started running, I found out I really enjoy it. I want to continue to challenging myself. THANK YOU GILLIAN!!!” – Pat Cox


“Gillian provided a wonderful, supportive environment to run. I’m so glad that I overcame my reservations and participated in her group. I would love to attend more of her groups if the opportunity arises.” – Susan Praud


“I was talked into this clinic and didn’t think I was ready for it but it turned out to be exactly what I needed. Gillian and Kate were extremely motivating, knowledgeable and fun! I didn’t think of myself as a runner at the start of this group but I am happy to call myself one now!” – Tracy Simonar


“I didn’t love trail running before. Now that I know how to run downhill, and prevent injury I can’t wait to try some longer distances and races, and enjoy all the beautiful trails around Nanaimo!” – Alex King


“Gillian is an excellent coach and you will reach your goal.” – Shanthana Devjayanth


“I loved this running clinic! Gillian is very knowledgeable, upbeat and encouraging to all. She was able to challenge people and yet keep an inclusive group on the group runs. The Facebook page was inspiring and encouraging.” – Meredith Mortlock


“I never thought of myself as a runner or a “sporty” girl for that matter. I always wanted to be able to just get up and go for a run. So one day I did, and went with out any type of plan or goal, other than to just try. I intermittently ran here and there and felt frustrated that I was not progressing. Gillian’s clinic came highly recommended; I joined and feared I would be left behind the group gasping and dragging my but. I was met by a group of supportive women and a cheery coach, that had taken the time to ensure me that I would not “die” out there. I joined a Learn to Run 10k October of 2015, and was so incredibly happy with the outcome! I was running 10K, and it all happened so naturally that the process was enjoyable and attainable. So naturally I joined the Learn to Run Strong and then did it again! If anyone has read this thus far, and you think you can’t run, I am here to tell you, you absolutely are capable. The support you will receive not just through coaching but the people you meet running is priceless. Whens the next clinic?” – Becky-Lou Kogstad


“Super You 5km run clinic made me go from a doubter to running a 5 km! Gillian provides amazing support and makes you feel like you can do anything!” – Carli Van Rossum


“Gillian has pulled me off the couch! I have been running for almost 12 yrs now and I owe it all to Gillian, she has made me a hill junkie ( not sure if that is a good thing) we were taught to “love hills”. I can still remember the first race I ever did and the intoxicating feeling when crossing the finish line, and who was there to cheer me in? Gillian cheered each and every one of us across the finish line making our first race experience memorable. This year she teamed up with Kate, someone to keep the rowdy group in line, every time I felt like backing off and slowing down I would hear Kate from somewhere good job keep pushing. Kate was everywhere on clinic nights there was now backing down or easing up, she seemed to know when you needed a boost. We are planing on running the Dopey challenge in Jan 17 and are hoping that Gillian and Kate will get us ready for the task” – Glen Gordon


“I’m so glad I began running with Gillian! I had been an athlete my whole life, but after having kids, I lost focus on being active and healthy. Gillian is so enthusiastic and full of encouragement that it makes running fun! I can’t thank her enough for sharing her passion for running with me and so many others.” – Jasmine Bone


“Gillian is extremely encouraging and supportive every step of the way. She has always taken the time to know every individual in her clinic. The thing I love is she takes time to make sure you are comfortable from week to week and that you are okay with advancing in the program. I would & have highly recommended this program to the loved ones in my life. I can’t wait for the next one!” -Jen & Richard Jensen


“Gillian is not about image, she’s about results, inside and out. During the past 20 years of my high and lows when it comes to fitness, Gillian is the first fitness guru to provide me the tool I can use to be a more healthier, happy me who is comfortable in my mind, body and soul. There is no magical meal replacement drink, 12-week fitness boot camps that aren’t maintainable long term, or fitness goals based on weight loss-WHAT?!!! After weight struggles for 35 years my scale is gone. My happiness is no longer measure by a number on the scale. Gillian helped me find the true meaning of ‘healthy lifestyle,’ which includes easy, maintainable, healthier every day choices for both nutrition and fitness and even better – a sense of community with other women that helps with accountability, but more importantly friendships that will last a lifetime.” – Krista Bryce


I just wanted to send you a little note of thanks and appreciation! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement through this training. Your guidance and understanding through my shift to “do what you love” meant more than you can ever know. I lived that mantra today and surpassed my expectations with a 1:11 finish time today. The work that you do is so important, and this community that you have created is unbelievable. Even though I was quiet and kept to myself during clinic the inclusion and support I felt today was unbelievable. Thank you for being real and nonjudgmental. You are a true gem and the work you do does not go unnoticed! #badasscoach” – Catherine Dickie


“Thank you Gillian & your Super You crew! For many years, I have wanted to run properly and with more ease. I struggled to do it on my own. With the 12 weeks of clinic, running properly and setting the goals every week, it was attainable. Now I am looking forward to the June – Run Strong clinic so that I can build strength. I want to see how much further I can go” – Jodi Reinholdt

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