Lesley Jones is a busy mother-of-3, adventure and race addict, marathoner, ultrarunner, and an RRCA-certified running coach. She has run 11 ultramarathons (50K – 100 miles), 12 marathons, 29 half marathons, and many other distance races. But her greatest joy is coaching others to meet their goals and inspiring them to reach for goals they never even thought to attempt. Lesley has taken many runners from their first run to a marathon, and has a passion for new runners! She also enjoys helping establish runners tweak their training to reach new distances and set personal records. Coaching is done online, mostly via email, and every plan is customized for the individual’s schedule, needs, limitations, and capabilities.
The first discussion I usually have with new clients is shoes... and getting the right ones. If you can get to a running specialty store and have your gait analyzed, that's great! If you live in a town where that isn't possible, this is a quick and easy test to point you in the right direction (with a great explanation). Two other things to remember - feet often swell while running, order a size up *and* shoes don't last forever, replace them when the cushioning and tread is breaking down - usually between 300-500 miles. ...
As a coach, there are no sweeter words to hear than "Do you think I can run X?" - where X is some distance further than they've ever run before and are just starting to conceive that maybe it's possible. The idea usually starts by watching someone else achieve something and thinking "maybe I can too." Keep pushing, because even *you* are inspiring someone. ...
"The first thing you should know about Lesley is she's a runner and a coach. There's no better source of information than someone who's already been there and done that. ... If you're considering a coach, I recommend Lesley without reservation, whether just starting out or looking to accomplish greater things."
- Stuart Mackinnon
"Lesley gave me workouts that I didn't think were possible, but I would nail them because she knew what I was capable of. She is there to answer questions and support me through every run. Lesley keeps me accountable and motivated and driven to continually raise the bar. I’m excited to see where I can go from here."
- Aubrey Power
"Lesley started coaching me in June of 2013. At that time I was only running 3 to 4 miles at a time. I was never a runner and not in shape. She coached me to a half marathon by September of 2013. I couldn't have done it without her. I also live 2000 miles away, and she coached me online."
- Marilu Wilson
"I had participated in several half marathons through a charity organization and got bitten by the bug. ... Before Lesley, my focus was on surviving the distance. She changed my approach and taught me training techniques that have increased not only my ability, but the joy I get from running. I’m now learning how to run and not just complete the distance!"
- Jennifer Mitchell
My Personal Journey
My personal journey has been a long one, including many ups and downs. I spent some time running in college for fitness and then participated in a slew of 5K and 10K races for fun with coworkers in the late 90s. I couldn't tell you my pace or time for any of those runs. I wasn't consistent or committed. After a long break from any real physical activity while I gave birth to my 3 children, I didn't get serious until early 2008. I was weighing in at 196 lbs.
I stopped being sporadic, and I committed to consistent work-outs. As I started to drop the weight, a friend challenged me to run a half marathon by the end of 2009. While running was my exercise of choice, the thought of that distance was not at all enticing… until I saw that the beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon was Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. My youngest, Paige, was born with a severe clubfoot, and amazing and dedicated staff of TSRHC, she wouldn't be able to walk or run… It was a fitting way to honor her. I was all in. I trained solo. I didn't know other runners, and I didn't have running buddies. I wish I knew so much of what I know now!
Fast-forward to today, I’ve run several dozen of races – 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, Half Marathons, Marathons, 50Ks, 50 milers, and one 100K. I’ve had some incredible adventures. I’ve lost over 50 lbs on my journey through a lot of hard work. My kids are all healthy and happy and running with me. I got certified to coach in January 2011. And I spend my days running trails and roads, and following my passion to help others find more joy in their running!
1-on-1 Coaching from Lesley - $75/month
Customized bi-weekly training schedules based on your goals, fitness level, limitations and personal schedule. Includes unlimited communication via email and text along with race preparation and analysis.