Four years ago I was inspired to get more involved in running by London 2012. I’ve since become a British Athletics-qualified coach and I’m still loving being able to help people run, run further and run faster.
My Tuesday night Run England group attracts 8 to 12 people each week and people come and go as there lives dictate. Although some people have come and gone, for all sorts of reasons.
Some have tried running and decided it wasn’t for them, some have gained confidence to continue their running on their own or with a club like Witney Road Runners and some have maybe just fallen out of the habit (and forgotten how much fun my sessions are!) but might be lacking in confidence to get started again.
To add a bit of variety to the sessions, to provide more direct coaching for everyone, and to encourage people to come along without feeling they’ll have to run around Witney I’m going to do something a little special on the last Tuesday of every month. Continue reading Run England Cogges Summer Sessions
It’s great to see eleven faces turning up to join in with my Run England group tonight, even with the temperature dropping and with the threat of snow.
It’s lovely to hear how their running is progressing and new targets and events they’re aiming for.
It’s inspiring to see the effort they put in, each and every session.
It’s rewarding to see them improve and achieve new things they thought weren’t possible.
It’s strange that the group is almost exclusively female.
Continue reading #Janathon 2015 Day 13 – These Girls Can
My last post was so surprisingly successful, mainly thanks to a celebrity endorsement, it’s taken a while to find my inspiration for the follow-up! However, I actually didn’t need to look very far. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I recently qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness – the new entry-level coaching qualification from UKA. Last week saw the end of my my first course of running sessions as a leader and I’m enjoying my running more than ever! Continue reading Running For Others
I feel a little guilty for picking planking for my Janathon activity. It seems a bit of a cop-out compared to running every day. Or cycling or swimming. I had to be realistic; running every day is tough, especially when your body is not used to it and you’ve had a niggle. It would have been foolish, and demotivating, if I had set out trying to run every day of January. My priority was getting ready for my first foray into the coaching side of running. In less than two weeks I shall be leading my first group of people who want to run further through Run England Cogges running group.
So with running for Janathon discounted, I needed to find something else. It’s bizarre to think how inspiring and motivating a bunch of strangers, who you’ll possibly never meet, can be so I didn’t want to miss out. I decided to pick planking instead. I needed to work on my core and it would only take a couple of minutes a day so would easily fit in.
After my dip in performance on my midweek post-run plank I decided I’d plank before my long run today. I’d progressively worked up from my 1m 02s first effort on Day 1, with only a couple of days missing a PB, and I had the 2 minute mark in my sights.
As always, mental determination is such a big chunk of sporting and fitness success and whilst the last 15 seconds were tough I held on to hit 2m 04s – exactly double my Day 1 benchmark.
Plank duration: 2m 04s
Improvement on Day 1 benchmark: 1m 02s
Janathon planks: 12 out of 12
Plank streak: 12
There was no time to bask in the glory. It was time to hit the road for my long run. The target today was to get out there for an hour at whatever pace was comfortable. I hadn’t run for an hour since late November and was conscious that I needed to test my general fitness ahead of starting my running group. I needed to set a good example!
I needn’t have worried. The biggest issue with my 6.5 miles was trying to get my hands warm having left my gloves at home! It was great to get out in the fresh air and I soon got into a comfortable rhythm that allowed me to cruise round in 59 and a half minutes.
This month I succeeded in achieving a personal running goal: completing a half marathon in under 2 hours. That pace isn’t anything to set the world alight. More than 1200 people finished in front of my at the Oxford Half Marathon; 40% of people who have run a marathon this year have finished in a quicker time. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I beat my fiercest and closest competitor: me! Continue reading What next? My London Legacy