Run SMART client Erin Strout was kind enough to share a message about her coach Mike Smith. Another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Erin!
I came to the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project two years ago as a recreational runner with a bit of a broken spirit. It was my last-ditch effort to rejuvenate a previous passion for the sport, which had been damaged by a series of disappointing experiences that we all periodically go through. I wondered if some coaching could help—I clearly had no idea how much it would.
Mike Smith makes it impossible to feel anything but excited about training. His devotion, knowledge, sense of humor, and talent as a coach has instilled a kind of confidence I never knew I possessed. While I’ve done nothing but reach every goal and set new personal records at every turn since Mike took me under his wing, I don’t measure our success in all of those tangible numbers. The experience has been far more than that—he’s taught me how to weather the ups and downs, rediscover the joy in running, and keep a smile on my face through it all. Mike puts an astounding amount of time, care, and concern into every detail of my training and racing, challenging me to “keep rolling!” and reach milestones I wouldn’t have otherwise imagined were possible. For two years, I have stood on each and every starting line fully prepared to achieve the goals we’ve set together.
The truth is, without Mike I would’ve found a new hobby a long time ago. It’s because of him that I can’t imagine my life without it. I am beyond grateful not just for his guidance, professionalism, and expertise, but also for his kindness, generosity, and spirit.