Melissa Perez

La Direccion

La Verne, 
California

About Me

I competed competitively throughout high school and college. I continued my running journey well after my college years until 2017. In 2017 I ran what I thought would be my last race (The Boston Marathon) not because of an injury. I felt that running became more routine than purposeful.
I picked up my shoes in 2019 and hit the trails. It was then that I discovered the wonderful world of ultra running. I started coaching because “Empowered Women, Empower Woman.”

“If it's a nod from society you're looking for, run a marathon. But if it's a life-changing experience of personal strength and perseverance that you want, finish an ultra.”

~ Vanessa Runs, The Summit Seeker

My Coaching Style / Methodology

There will not be a cookie-cutter plan or robot. The athlete will have a resource, a cheerleader, an accountability partner, someone who wants to invest time in helping them reach their goal. The athlete will have a training plan built for them.

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