Testimonials

Natalie, Virtual Edinburgh Marathon 2021

“I contacted Michelle after entering the Edinburgh marathon as I wanted to get my run performance back since undergoing two operations. Having not experienced any run coaching sessions since school. I liked the knowledge and advice that Michelle gave me at the track sessions I attended.

Michelle asked what my goals were and then set about creating a tailored plan to try and achieve this. I can honestly say the plan Michelle devised was brilliant. It was varied and was constantly bringing me along. Out of the whole program, I only missed two runs. Being consistent, doing the training and remaining injury-free was made very easy by having such a great plan. Michelle was on hand to answer any questions, give her expert advice after each run and a very supportive coach whom I would highly recommend to anyone.

With the help of a great running coach, I achieved a Personal best by 7 minutes 20 seconds! completing the virtual Edinburgh marathon in 3:23:10. I am blown away and over the moon with my result!! I trust Michelle’s knowledge and coaching ability that I have also asked her to help me achieve another PB in October 2021 at The London Marathon. Once again, Michelle, thank you for all you have done for me since January; I look forward to many more successful races under your wing.”

Nigel, London Marathon Training 2020

I have been a casual runner for several years and decided to take the challenge to complete a life ambition to run the London Marathon. Michelle straight away engaged me in how she worked and suggested a session initially to assess my running style.

I found the programme excellent and engaging, and Michelle would provide her feedback and individuals providing your feedback. Hence, the whole time kept in touch to make sure everything was going to plan.

Despite the marathon getting postponed in 2020, I had trained up to 22 miles which I would never have believed and not just got there without Michelle’s coaching. I’m now back with Michelle again for the 2021 race and look forward to completing the whole journey.

Anybody thinking of running and whether that be their first 5k, 10k, half or full marathon, I would 100% recommend Michelle.”

Jamie, Royal Parks Half Oct 2019

“I first started working with Michelle when I joined her beginner runner course in January 2019; back then, I hadn’t run for over four years. My confidence as a runner was really low following years of demoralising training. Michelle’s coaching restored my faith and gave me a love for running I had never previously had.
I was pleased to trust her enough to develop my training program for my Half Marathon, which I honestly believe I could not have done without her help. Over the eight week program she prepared for me, I became a fitter, stronger and smarter runner and completed my half marathon.
Michelle is an excellent coach, and I recommend her to everyone; you will not regret it.”

 

Kelly, Great North Run 2021

“When I knew the Great North Run 2021 was going ahead, I immediately contacted Michelle for a bespoke half marathon training plan. We discussed my goals – finishing feeling good and getting a personal best (or close to it) – We established that three runs a week would suit my lifestyle and time commitment. As I had not done much consistent running, we decided that a 24-week programme was the best plan to fulfil my goal. Michelle provided a structured training plan, including strength and conditioning and stretching, and gave some great advice on nutrition and hydration. I’m so proud that with Michelle’s mentorship and encouragement (knowing when to push and when to nurture) that I completed every single planned session (71) and on the day, gave me a clear race plan which enabled me to smash my goal with an 8 minute PB on a very challenging course. I cannot recommend Michelle enough to help you complete your first race or get that highly desired personal best! I’ve already signed up for a training plan for the London Landmarks half marathon!”

Time: 2:26:02 PB

 

Kelly, Great North Run 2021

“When I knew the Great North Run 2021 was going ahead, I immediately contacted Michelle for a bespoke half marathon training plan. We discussed my goals – finishing feeling good and getting a personal best (or close to it) – We established that three runs a week would suit my lifestyle and time commitment. As I had not done much consistent running, we decided that a 24-week programme was the best plan to fulfil my goal. Michelle provided a structured training plan, including strength and conditioning and stretching, and gave some great advice on nutrition and hydration. I’m so proud that with Michelle’s mentorship and encouragement (knowing when to push and when to nurture) that I completed every single planned session (71) and on the day, gave me a clear race plan which enabled me to smash my goal with an 8 minute PB on a very challenging course. I cannot recommend Michelle enough to help you complete your first race or get that highly desired personal best! I’ve already signed up for a training plan for the London Landmarks half marathon!”

Time: 2:26:02 PB 

 

Diane, Runner Assessment 2021

I was recommended by a good friend to have my running assessment with Michelle and I was really glad I did.  The whole experience was great from start to finish. Michelle is highly professional and made the assessment fun, whilst pointing out practical steps to improve my running style that will help me to achieve my goals.  I look forward to working with Michelle again in the future.”

Claire, London Marathon April 2019

 “After a getting a charity place in the London Marathon, I had a slight panic about fitting in a training plan with working part-time and family life. It was my second marathon, but this time I had young children to keep me busy.

I approached Michelle at the end of November to help create a realistic training plan to fit around my schedule. Michelle and I met to determine my main aims and discuss my general fitness.

In total, I followed a 22 week tailored plan; five days involved either running (long runs, speed work and hill training), cross-training or strength work. Each week varied depending on the level of intensity and were easy to fit into my day to day life. Michelle set realistic goals and never doubted my ability.

I also attended Michelle’s circuit training sessions once a week. Along with the strength work set in my plan, it made such a difference to my running, keeping me injury free where I had suffered in the past and increased my fitness level.

Michelle and I would keep in touch by phone as that was more convenient for me. Her encouragement and support were fundamental to my training, especially in the final few weeks. Her faith in me and motivation got me through the 26.2 miles. Thank you, Michelle!”

 

Rosie, Pembrokeshire Marathon April 2019

“I have been training with Michelle now for over a year and have completed my very first marathon. Thanks to her excellent run coaching and training plans, I have learned all about the importance of strength training (something I knew nothing about). I was so pleased to realise a dream earlier this year when I completed my first coastal marathon (in tough weather conditions). The online training calendar is fantastic, helping me plan out my week around work and home commitments and being a useful way to keep in contact with Michelle if I have any queries. I love ticking off the workouts once I have completed them. I thoroughly recommend Michelle as a run coach and am looking forward to continuing my training with her and developing my running fitness.
Thank you, Michelle!”

 Amy, Bonfire Burn, Nov 2019

I joined Michelle’s beginners running the course in January 2019 as someone who had tried running before, but it hadn’t ever stuck, and in my own words, I wasn’t a runner. Michelle’s coaching showed me how to run, and then it becomes something that I could do and enjoy while losing weight.

Once I’d managed to run a 5K, a 10K event seemed like a big jump, and I wasn’t ready to make it without a personalised plan based around me as a runner. Michelle’s weekly structure and sessions were great. Michelle was on hand to advise and coach in a way that was fair but firm when required. As such, I managed to finish and achieve the predicted sub 1 hour 20″.

Anne, Bedford Half Marathon, July January 2021

“In the spring of 2021, I decided I wanted a challenge so I signed up for a half marathon. I ran 5k pretty regularly, and now and again 10k, although that left me feeling tired. Michelle listened to my experience and created a tailored run plan that included nutrition information, stretching exercises and scheduled recovery time. I was excited each fortnight to see my training plan for the next block. After every run, I fed back to Michelle using a feedback form; from there, Michelle tweaked my training plan to ensure my run fitness progressed.

On 25th July, I completed my first half marathon in 2 hours 4 minutes. I loved it so much that I decided to sign up for the Cambridge Half Marathon on the way home!! I felt so strong and proud of myself.

Thanks, Michelle! Hiring Michelle as my coach was fundamental to my enjoyment and progress. I’ve recommended Michelle to all my friends, including strong runners who recognise that Michelle’s coaching expertise will aid their running too.”

Rhiannon, Strength & Conditioning  January 2020

“Michelle tailored my programme to what equipment I have at home. I love kettlebells, so my workouts are based around them. I enjoy all the workouts; they are varied enough to keep me engaged and to challenge me. The fact that I am accountable to someone also helps. Workouts can be moved around, so they don’t have to be done on a set day, which is great for being flexible. The best thing is my running is improving, and I feel a lot stronger.”

Sarah, Beginner Runner 2020

I have just finished a 6-week course with Michelle, and to say it’s been amazing would be such an understatement!

Having lost a considerable amount of weight, I embarked on the next part of my journey to get fit and active, which started during the lockdown.

A friend recommended Michelle to me, and it was the best recommendation ever! She has set me up for what I hope to be a very enjoyable future as a runner, and I cannot thank her enough or recommend her and the many services she offers. I always vowed I’d never run; I didn’t understand anyone who did. Deciding to give it one last shot, this time, it clicked! I loved it.

If you’ve ever been in doubt to sign up with a coach, don’t hesitate any more and put your trust in Michelle as I did. You won’t regret it!”

Kelly, Cambridge Half Marathon March 2019

“As someone relatively new to running who had signed up to do the Cambridge Half Marathon, it occurred to me that to complete this distance, I would need a good training plan.
I’d been on Google to look for some training plans, but they were a bit limited and gave mixed advice, which was confusing. So I turned to Michelle at Bodymode to help me create a tailored plan just for me.
She created a 16-week program to build me from my 10km race ability to half marathon distance. The plan included scheduled runs, strength work exercises and nutrition. I was also given a race plan with target paces and a race strategy for success. I’m pleased to say that I completed the race in good time, and I do not doubt that Michelle’s plan was why I could do that and come away injury-free. I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is training for a big event or who is attempting a new distance race to sign up for personal coaching with Michelle.”

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