Earlier last year I was given the opportunity to try out some Hoka trainers. Unfortunately, coinciding with the training peak for my first marathon wasn’t great timing to try something new.
I gave the Conquest 2 road shoes a shot but they were nothing like I expected them to be. The Challenger trail version were much more comfortable but mara-noia meant I was steering clear of trails.
So when I was approached to try a pair of Hoka Clifton 2 I was reluctant to give them a shot. I did have another idea following a conversation with Jacqui, a fellow Witney Road Runner, who had heard great things about Hokas and was keen to give them a go.
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After 6 years as a regular runner I finally acknowledged I should be taking on the cross country season. This afternoon it was time for me to embrace the filth!
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Today’s club session was somewhat different – it was the home leg of our local club challenge between Witney and Eynsham Road Runners. All I knew was that the course was 4.6 miles and it started at the rugby club.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 25: The One With The Raffle
A post-birthday lazy lay in took precedence over a morning long run but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to run. Oh no, today would be the day to get back to doing a Sunday long run and a recce of part of the new Cotswold Classic 10 mile course.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 21: The One With The Recce
After a hat-trick of Juneathon fails I’m back on the horse today with a cracking multi-terrain club run of just over 5 miles.
It was great to stretch my legs after a few busy days at work. It was also great to chat running and coaching. I’m working with the club to establish ideas and direction of possible coaching initiatives for the adult section of the club so I’ve created a little survey to see what the membership think about coaching:
It was great to hear from some enthusiastic fellow members who’d already completed the survey. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many people are starting to engage. It was useful to be able to use the “notices” section before tonight’s run to ask for more people to get involved. I’m keen to get as many thoughts as possible to represent what the membership thinks about coaching.
In reality, there is only so much we are going to be able to do to begin with as I am the only adult coach but hopefully we can get more people involved.
There’s already some interesting themes coming from the answers and still a couple of weeks left until I close the survey. Then the hard work starts: having to put some plans together for the committee!
What do you think about coaching? Do you have a coach? Does your club have coaches? How does your club deliver coaching to the masses?
Up and down the country there are runners going out for a Thursday run with their clubs. I too went for a run with club mates tonight, along with a couple of hundred people from other Oxfordshire clubs at the 2nd of 5 “Mota-vation” races.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 4: The One With The Mota-vation
Yesterday’s Janathon action was all about new running shoes but today was back to the basics: running. Thursday night is club run night and my first for a few weeks so I was looking forward to it.
Continue reading #Janathon 2015 Day 8 – No Man’s Land
My Juneathon has taken some unexpected twists and turns and none more surprising than today.
Continue reading #Juneathon Day 25: Brought to you by the letter E
Having a friend for food last night saw my first fail of Juneathon so today I had to make up for it. A fun, friendly club run in the evening sun followed by Day 12 of the Kinetic Revolution technique challenge in front of the football.
The strength workout was even more challenging with slightly tired legs from the jaunt along the River Windrush with the Witney Road Runners!
But I did it! I think my favourite exercise of this stage is… a tie between the single leg straight leg deadlift (that @MrsTWymer has nicknamed the “Reverse Running Man”) and the mountain climbers (aka the Spiderman). I’m now looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Stage 3.
Je suis fatigue.
I’m loving Janathon this year. Probably because I’m somewhat cheating by lurking in the background from the comfort of my sofa/bed/desk and measuring my Janathon progress in words read rather than miles covered!
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