Submitted by: Meghan Kennihan

Jimmy Gillingham's Success Story

I had the pleasure of working with Meghan to prepare for the 2009 Chicago Marathon. Prior to meeting Meghan, I had been a recreational runner that had completed a few races and one marathon. When I decided that I wanted to push myself, set a personal time goal, and train hard to meet that goal, I knew I needed help. Meghan worked with me to create a training program to help me not only meet the distance in the time I was shooting for, but she designed a program for me that fit my schedule (which is no easy task since I am a litigator and can have a busy and unpredictable schedule). However, Meghan did more than just provide me a program, she explained the details to me in a way that, as a beginner, I could understand and thereby maximize the benefits. She was also very approachable and made herself available to me throughout my training. She helped me work through some injuries, develop a weight training program to go with my running program, and provided encouraging words when I was feeling overwhelmed. I could not have made the strides that I did, literally and figuratively, without her. As running season is gearing up for 2010, I cannot wait to work with Meghan to prepare to run new races and complete new goals this year.