Hi. My name is Melissa Stone-Cooney. I am 33 and the epitome of beginner athlete turned fanatic. Athletically I dabbled in numerous sports, such as skiing & soccer, throughout High School and College. In 2005, I decided to run my first marathon to check it off my "Bucket List". After running a 3:56, I was addicted. Over the next few years I continued to set personal records in all my races. I began cross training to break up the monotony and in 2008 I completed my first triathlon. I fell in love with the sport so decided to do an Ironman! Training began in January 09 and after an entire season of training and “test races,” I completed Ironman Wisconsin in September 2009 in 12 hours. I am an 8 time marathoner, with a current PR of 3:08 in the Chicago Marathon.
While training for the 2009 Ironman Wisconsin I was able to work with a Nutritionist. What an amazing transition as I learned how to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and what supplements I needed in order to keep me going strong. This is when NOW came into my life. Morning, afternoon, and before going to bed I made Whey Protein Isolate and Eggwhite Protein plus other NOW supplements a regular part of my daily nutritional regimen. Not only did it help me be stronger, I also lost 20 lbs.
I love NOW products, especially Vanilla Whey Protein and the PreNatal vitamins. I have at least one scoop of the protein powder a day, if not two. As a personal trainer, I have recommended that my clients use them too, and they have been very happy with the product. I just won the Racine Half Marathon (2012) with a 1:27 just 5 months after I had my daughter. I also started Stroller 5k Training for New Moms through the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and was so happy that I was able to create the first ever mommy Stroller Training. We all just completed our first 5k in October 2012.
Fitness and motivating people has been my passion and hobby for years. I am an athlete who enjoys keeping fit and competing locally. I thrive off the atmosphere and energy at races, as well as the camaraderie found throughout the running community. I’m continuously learning as much as possible about health and wellness, and enjoy sharing my passion with other people. My first-hand knowledge of the discipline it takes to train and race is exactly what I bring to the table at CARA and to my own personal goals.