Since 1973

Melody Fairchild

World-class Runner, Motivational Speaker, Coach


Melody Fairchild, worldclass runner, motivational speaker

Melody

Melody has been a professional athlete for 22 years.

Career highlights include:

  • First HS girl in U.S. History to break 10 min. for 2 miles. (9:55:00)
  • Two-time Footlocker XC Champion (’90,’91), current course record holder  (16:39, 5k).
  • Bronze Medalist, Jr. World XC Championships, Antwerp, Belgium 1991
  • 8-time Colorado state champion and Current State Record holder in 3200, 1600, ’89-‘91
  • NCCA All American Track and XC, UO Ducks, ’92-‘96
  • NCAA Champion, 3000m indoors, UO Ducks, ‘96
  • Two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, 10k (’96) and Marathon (2000)
  • U.S World Track and Field Championships Team Member, 1997, 5000

Melody National Masters 5k 2014 - Big Win!

RECENT

  • 2014: Four USATF National Master’s Titles: 5k, 10k, 15k and Trail Half Marathon Championships
  • 2014: 1st, Freihofer’s Run For Women Master’s 5k
  • 2014: 1st, Lifetime Fitness’ Leadville race Series 10k; course record by 4 minutes, 38:07
  • 2012: Top Ten World Mountain Running Championships, Ponte, Di Legno, Italy; member of U.S. Gold Medal Team
  • 2012: Top Ten World Long Distance Mtn. Running Championships, Jungfrau Marathon, Interlaken, Switzerland
  • 2012: 2nd, U.S. Mountain Running Short Course (8k) Championships, Loon Mtn., N.H.
  • 2012: 7th, Bolder Boulder 10k Citizen’s Race 36:12 (altitude)
  • 2012: 4th U.S. Trail Marathon Championships, Project Athena Moab Trail Marathon
  • 2012: 4th USATF Colorado State  XC Championships Colorado Springs
  • 2012: 2nd, USATF  Colorado State Half Marathon Championships, Boulder Half Marathon
  • 2012: 5th, USATF Colorado State  10k Championships, Evergreen Town Race
  • Winner, 2010, 2011, Collegiate Peaks 25 mile trail race, Colo.
  • Winner, 2010 118  mile Trans Rockies Run, Colorado
  • Winner, 2011 Colorado Half Marathon (1:23:00)
  • Top 3 in 2010 and 2011 Teva Mountain Games – uphill Half Marathon and Trail 10k

Professional:

  • Director, Melody Fairchild Running Camp (2007-present)
  • Graduate, Cortical Field Re-Education certification Program, 2010
  • Steens Mountain Running Camp Staff and Guest Speaker, 2000-current
  • Graduate, University of Oregon, B.A., English, ‘96
  • Assistant Track coach, Willamette University, ‘04
  • Assistant XC Coach, Wellesley College, ‘03
  • Head Girls XC Coach, Simsbury HS, Ct., ‘00

Personal Bests:

3k: 9:07
5k: 15:30
10k: 33:06
Half Marathon: 1:11:34

Marathon: 2:44:44

 

Elite Athlete:   NEWTON Running

 

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Coaching

Coaching Services

Running Programs for Youth and Adults

Melody Fairchild turning 40Boulder Mountain Warriors Youth and Master’s programs:

Currently, BMW’s is holding a Winter Warrior Clinic at NEWTON Running on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15pm. See “KID’S TRAINING” on this site, for more details.

BMW’s Adult Group is putting the final touches on training for the Phoenix Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Jan, 19th. Next up: Training for and racing the Twin Cities Marathon. Details on this page February 15th.

Private clients include 11-18 year old children and adults of all ages. Focus ranges from building  a strong foundation to support general health and fitness, to training to compete to the elite level and age-group championships.

I take a long-term approach, inviting each athlete to map out goals with me, in 12-24-week cycles, with goal races or training along the way and at the culmination of the cycle. I focus on a training plan that is stimulating, fun and challenging. Attention is paid to recovery and how to fit the training into busy schedules in a way that is supportive of achieving Balance. Self-care and greater performance are encouraged through teaching of CFR (see “CFR on this web-site).

12-24 week coaching plan includes once- weekly coached workouts, a training plan to follow for the other six days of each week and two sessions focused on bio mechanics and running efficiency.

Cost: TBA

*Training Tips:

Melody Feeling Good“Strides:” A stride is done before a workout or a race to get an athlete supremely warmed-up and prepared for the burst of speed you will employ once the interval or race begins. Run 80-100 meters, building up to top speed by the halfway mark, and cruising at that speed through the finish. Recover fully, then do it again. each one, focus on a body part to relax: neck, shoulders, etc. Use these mental cues: “Run tall,” as if someone had a string attached to the back of your head and gently pulled straight UP, bringing length through the back of your neck; “Lift your sternum and lead with your pelvis,” and you will find that the neck relaxes and lengthens as a result; “lead with your knee,” “relax your hands.”

Enjoy running at top speed for a short time. Strides done after easy runs will also encourage quick turnover, helping to develop leg speed in an efficient manner.

Dynamic Drills:

Do these BEFORE working out or racing, as an alternative to static stretching. Dynamic drills help recruit all of the muscle groups, giving balance and efficiency to your stride.

Straight Leg March:

Opposite hand to opposite toes, kick one leg out straight in front of you, while the opposite hand comes to meet it’s foot. Fire the hip flexors in front to LENGTHEN the Hamstrings in the back.

Inchworm:

Stand with feet hip width apart. bend down to touch your shins or toes sticking tail bone up towards the sky. Walk hands out until you are a flat plank and to the point that if you went any further, you would fall onto your belly. Hold there, using your core and arm strength and count to 10. Inch your toes back towards your hands, allowing your tailbone to rise straight up toward the sky, your shoulders to soften and your neck to lengthen. Repeat three times. This will warm up and turn on your CORE and lengthen the hamstrings.

If you would like to work with Melody CONTACT or call her at 303.818.8063

Cortical Field Re-education

Prior to discovering the ease and efficiency …

that running with awareness of her bones gave her, Melody endured several overuse injuries which seemed career threatening at the time. In the mid-nineties, as part of her search for healing she discovered Cortical Field Re-education, a movement awareness discipline. Melody discovered how to use her body and bones in an intelligent way.

Melody Fairchild CFT Practitioner and Elite RunnerVery quickly …

Melody gained a bone-deep understanding that she now had options for movement, and learned that she could be at choice about changing discomfort or tightness in her body when running – a joyful discovery for any athlete who wants to stay in the game!
As a result of her early studies in CFR Melody regained her running form as a professional athlete and has gone on to enjoy success in competition well into her late thirties. Profoundly impacted by these outcomes she embarked on the path to becoming the accomplished Movement Awareness instructor that she is today and completed a four year professional training in CFR.

  • “As a coach, CFR has allowed me to offer athletes simple suggestions for subtle changes that make a substantial difference in clients’ performance as well as enjoying their efforts.

    As an athlete, I am accessing Flow more easily than ever before. Much of this has to do with slowing down to notice what I am doing, so that I can feel what it has been costing me to remain within locked-in patterns for years. When I give myself an hour (or five minutes)!on the floor to discover my patterns and learn what my options are for new, more functional movement, it is life-changing.

    Melody· Coach, Motivational Speaker, Worldclass Runner
  • “I have been a competitive runner for much of my adult life. I was in a very traumatic car accident 14 years ago and part of the reason I survived (as did my unborn daughter) was because I was in such good shape. I have done years of therapy and movement that have helped me return to an active lifestyle. However, recently I felt that I had reached a plateau in my running and thought that I had reached my full potential since the accident.

    Then I started CFR with Melody. In just 4 lessons, I have seen changes in my body that I did not think were possible this long after the accident. I have renewed excitement for training and racing based on the improvement I have seen in such a short time of doing CFR. I can’t wait to keep working with Melody to see how far I can get.”

    Vicki Hunter· Adult Top 10 Competitor

Kids Training

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Boulder Mountain Warriors

A Running opportunity for kids who have caught the Spark and want to keep the Fire Stoked throughout the Winter.

Kids from age 8-18 are invited to participate in Boulder Mountain Warriors, whose mission is to teach personal development through the lessons offered to us through  participation in sport:

  • Goal Setting
  • Perseverance
  • Teamwork
  • Delayed Gratification
  • Enjoying The Journey

Becoming a “Warrior” means having the Courage to reach for something just out of reach and the character to accept where we land; if we have reached as far as we could, we surely will land in a higher place than we started. I aim to support children in having the courage to “fail” and the wisdom to realize that “failure” is all part of the journey of becoming a true warrior; there are no failures, only lessons to be learned from our continuing experience.
We play on the wonderful areas in and around Boulder, including the Creek Path, Red Rocks, open space trails and  parks. Practices alwayd conclude with address the whole body through functional movement and core stability and strengthening exercises and a healthy snack from our sponsor Clif Kid.

Details for the next program, our WINTER WARRIORS WINTERTIME FUN PROGRAM Jan-March,  coming soon!

Please make checks payable to: Fairchild Fitness and bring to the first day of practice.

For additional questions, please call Melody: 303-818-8063

 

News/Blog

Melody Fairchild turning 40

So this is 40

MELODY FAIRCHILD: SO THIS IS 40 Posted by Newton Running on Sunday, April 6, 2014 @