“I was introduced to On Track coaching and physical therapy after having two years of chronic hip pain and life-long foot problems that at least six podiatrists were unable to resolve. I doubted myself, my running capabilities, and whether I would ever enjoy a pain-free life more and more with each failed attempt to resolve the pain. At the peak of my hip pain in 2012, a 24 year-old friend of mine was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. My friend’s situation made me re-evaluate how I wanted to live my own life. I decided that my life is too short to let it pass me by, and one of my biggest goals related to running. That is when I was introduced to On Track coaching and physical therapy, which is the defining point in my life.
On Track helps me to understand why I develop injuries while addressing the problem through physical therapy. On Track also teaches me how to proactively manage pain and resolve the sources of my pain. Improved overall health and running form have helped me train more rigorously and get faster, and working with my coach has become one of the best parts of my day. It is a continued effort that requires persistence for everyone involved, but coaching and physical therapy are teaching me about how I need to train in order to accomplish my personal running goals. My running goal is the hardest thing I have ever committed to, both physically and emotionally, but I am dedicated because I believe in every aspect of On Track. On Track’s investment in helping me and others who have specific goals is the biggest motivational factor I have ever had. The relationships I’ve developed through my experiences with coaching, physical therapy and nutrition have also become among the most wonderful aspects of my life.” –Meghan Lout, 2:52 Marathon PB
“As part of my preparation for the 2014 Vermont City Marathon this past May, I enrolled in a ten-week training class in January sponsored by RunVermont appropriately called “Marathon 101.” The course instructor/coach was Ms. Kim Loeffler. In a word, Ms. Loeffler was simply superb. An accomplished professional triathlete, Ms. Loeffler was an outstanding instructor, inspiring coach, and superior source of knowledge about distance running, sports nutrition, human physiology, and sports psychology. The training, as expected, was grueling and challenging. Ms. Loeffler, however, was with each of her students every step along this journey. She created a full training schedule that took all of us from the depths of the frigid Vermont winter to the starting line on Memorial Day weekend. She introduced us to the benefits of cross-training and strengthening our core, all the while ensuring we fully understood the need for proper nutrition, good footwear, and, of course, rest. She was particularly adept at fashioning the training for those of us that required deviations from our schedule due to injury and other setbacks. Ms. Loeffler spent considerable time with us outside the classroom, participating in the occasional group runs and communicating with us via e-mail when we had questions, needed advice, and not the least, encouragement. This clearly underscored her dedication, compassion, and deft didactic touch.
Training for and running a marathon gives one the opportunity to learn much about oneself. We challenged our physical limitations, overcame our psychological trepidation and doubt, and in the end became stronger individuals. Ms. Loeffler is very much responsible for affording her students the opportunity to not just complete the race but to realize our potential as human beings. The course allowed us to meet and speak with other accomplished marathoners, nutritionists, physical therapists, and even the race Director. Ms. Loeffler adeptly crafted a marvelous curriculum and the course certainly delivered everything we could have wanted–and needed. It should be noted that every student who stayed the course and the training completed the marathon. As a footnote, I had also registered in April to run the Chicago Marathon in October. To ensure my success in that endeavor, I also engaged Ms. Loeffler’s services to guide me though the training. Her guidance, drive, positive attitude, and friendship were again a winning combination that propelled me across the finish line among the other 40,000 runners who completed the race.
It has been an immense pleasure to get to know Ms. Loeffler and leverage her formidable abilities and knowledge of the human body and spirit in the pursuit of my own personal and athletic goals. Any successes I have enjoyed in these endeavors are in no small measure due to her.” -Dennis Olechna