From 5K to 50K: Santa Rosa Beach resident makes lifestyle change after one run

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

"I signed up for my first 5K in October 2009," she said. "After that I told myself, ‘If I can run a 5K, then I can run a 10K’ and so on. I'm a goal setter. Since my first day running, I wanted to get better. Now, I'm addicted."

After years of running races, Vermillion set a new goal for herself: to become a certified running coach.

"One of the reasons I wanted to become a trainer was because when I first started running I didn't know anything," she explained. "I wish there had been someone I could've looked to for advice, whether it's nutrition or properly fitted shoes. I want to help others."

This past August was a big month for Vermillion. She completed her training in New Orleans and became an official Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach and was also selected by Oiselle, a women's running apparel company, to run for their team.

While her latest venture as running coach is new, Vermillion said she is enjoying every minute of it.

"I love everything about it," she said. "My very first client — she hired me the day I was certified — never ran before and has already run two 5Ks in November. If you can put your mind to it, you can do it."

That first client would be Leisa Johnson. Before working with Vermillion, Johnson said she never ran. In fact, she hated it.

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