Melissa Dowd

Melissa Dowd joined USAFIT, in 2014 as a Yellow group assistant coach. She began co-organizing alongside Jessica Baker, in 2016, and is back for the 2017-2018 season.  Melissa has always enjoyed fitness and incorporated into her life in one way or another, but didn’t begin long distance running until she was in her 30’s.  She has been a group exercise instructor, and personal  trainer, for both the Marine Corps and corporate fitness centers.  Melissa’s fitness journey in her words…

I’ve always loved to explore different fitness options that keep me excited and motivated, through goal setting or just plain FUN.   I’ve taught everything from Spin to Zumba, and decided to run my first marathon at the age of 32. I reluctantly joined USAFIT in 2014, with a little positive peer pressure, and very quickly realized how much it enriched my running experience.  I was always a solo runner, and enjoyed the quiet, but it didn’t take many runs with USAFIT, to begin to wonder how I ever did it without them.   What I love most of all about being a part of USAFIT, is watching the growth that comes from each individual, and unique journey to a finish line.  When setting a goal, turns into truly BELIEVING it can be achieved, changes happen, and the empowerment that develops in a person, is evident and life changing.