I have had the privilege to work with both Coleen and Leia over the past few years training for several different trail ultra-mileage distances. I have completed several 50ks, 50 milers, 100k’s, with one being a podium placement of 2nd Female, and my first 100 miler.
Under their coaching, I have learned several things that have greatly benefited my ability to finish ultra-distances and be competitive in my age bracket (50-59). I have learned how to properly increase my mileage distance during training, learned the importance and use of power-hiking during a race, improved my strength as a runner and have come to love hills. In addition to the running coaching, they have helped me develop nutrition plans that keep me properly fueled during a race.
If you are interested in successfully completing ultra-distances, I would recommend Team Sparkle. Not only for their coaching experience, but for their love of the sport, their mission to be inclusive of all individuals, and that they come with years of experience as ultra-runners themselves. I could not have been more successful as a Masters ultra-runner without this team in my corner.