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

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

"I was terrified to run, but Atha made it less scary," she said. "She has really inspired me. I'm thinking of going for a 10K. It scares me, but it was scary when I first started running in September too.”

Vermillion's training varies with each client. Some are out of town, like one client who works offshore. Some prefer the Galloway run/walk method. No matter the situation, she has a plan for them — whether it's a one-time planning session or monthly services. Her current clients range from early 30s to mid-50s, new runners to seasoned marathoners.

"Whenever I get to see them cross that finish line, it feels like it's me," she said.

A great asset to her clients is Vermillion's understanding of balancing work, life and fitness. She talks the talk and walks the walk, or rather runs it.

"It's about support and understanding," she said. "I realize the struggle when the alarm goes off in the morning and you don't want to wake up."

Vermillion has no doubt that she will be running well into her golden years and beyond.

"There's a lady at my track club meet-up who just celebrated her 81st birthday. I will probably be that lady," Vermillion said with a smile. "Life is either a grand adventure or nothing at all. I never take one finish line for granted."

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