Susan Donnelly

How I went from self doubt to helping clients do the impossible

How I went from not believing in myself to running over 100 100-mile races to helping clients do their own impossible.

When I was little, I ran in the woods and devoured boys’ adventure books. I was smart, capable, and out to make the world a better place. Everything was possible.

Until I started doubting.

In school, I discovered running teams but plenty of negative about myself. Too quiet to be a leader…not an academic stand out…“can’t” run as far as the boys…average at best on the cross-country and track teams.

So when my high school coach told me not to bother trying out for the college team, I didn’t.

In college, I’d started running again on my own, when I happened to read about a 100-mile trail race. Like a bolt of lightning out of the blue, I had to do it.

But I almost put it off forever. I let 10 years of obstacles and letting life drift by before trying my first 50k. Of course, by the time I crossed that finish line, I wanted as much as I could get of this exciting new world.


The longer the distance, the better I got, but the more mindset mattered.

I fell head over heels in love with the 100-mile distance on my first one and wanted to do them forever but the 100s that followed were plagued with all kinds of fears, negative self-talk, doubt, and comparison


So I DNF’d a lot.

DNFs looked normal - everybody had them. But I knew in every single one that I’d found excuses to quit when the going got tough or seemed impossible. I could do better.

But nobody else had the solution either. Runner after runner came, did big things, struggled with self-sabotage and burnout, then disappeared before they’d touched what they could really do. I knew I’d lose this thing I loved if I didn’t find a solution.

I was down, out of ideas, and about to drop out of the ultrarunning I loved when a chain of events led me to take a crazy chance on life coaching.

I used every technique and tool I learned on myself and it literally transformed my running. And my life. 

Re-programming what I believed about myself - training my mind like I did my body - gave me the strength, resilience, and self-confidence I was searching for.

I ran faster, more consistently, and enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible.

I finally had the physical ability, practical know-how, and mental skills to do 100-milers consistently and well.

That’s how I help my clients

Over the past 20+ years, I've discovered the secret to strong and consistent

I didn’t just win a big race and disappear.

I’ve lived it consistently for over 20 years -

I’ve been adventuring what seems impossible for 20+ years now. My first ultra. First 100. More 100s per year. Back-to-back 100s. Three 100s in a row. Big 100s like UTMB. Overseas 100s where I don’t know what to expect. Last place when I didn’t think I’d even finish. First place outright. 200-milers, over 250 ultramarathons total.

All of it with a real life - I’m not a professional athlete.

I’ve finished 100+ 100-mile races and still going.

Changing your mindset is hard to do on your own.

I’m here to help!

You get unequalled ultramarathon experience, one of a kind mindset coaching. Practical “how to” plus coaching to get the mindset shifts you just don’t get on your own.

I don’t do running plans - you can get plenty of good ones online.

I help where it’s hard to do on your own - reprogramming your thoughts and beliefs about yourself.

I’m not about strong in a force it, no-pain-no-gain way. You still have to do the work, but I’m about strong in a more compassionate kind of way.

For me, a more you You makes a better world.

There's no better business to be in than that.

Ready to stop hoping for better results and do something about it?

You deserve to enjoy the running you’re capable of. Same with life.

Without all the self-imagined limits in your head.

You don’t have to wish and hope for it to change. And you don’t have to beat yourself up for not being able to do it on your own.

Best of all, you can start this work today.

The work you invest will pay off

Start with this free 5-video series