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
Feeling less than 100% this week has actually helped with mt attempt to ease off at the end of my busy running year. I’ve made a good start at the short term goals I set last week and also decided to hunt out some muddy puddles!
Continue reading Learning to embrace the filth
I’ve begun using parkrun more regularly for a Saturday morning session but this Saturday I was taking part in another run instead. The town of Witney came together for a fun run to mark the start of Lib Fest – a memorial day for a local girl who died after being knocked down by a car on her way to school.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 27: The One With The Fun Run
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
There’s two things certain about my Juneathon (and Janathon) adventures: the definition of exercise will always be stretched to breaking point and there will always be at least one post featuring the speediest runner I know personally.
Continue reading Juneathon 2015 Day 7: The One With The Old Friend
Thirteen weeks ago I started training for my first marathon. I’ve pushed myself more than ever, setting both personal firsts and bests. This weekend sees my training peak and embark on my first proper taper.
Continue reading Training Peak – Now To Taper
As ever when you’re training for a running event, the weekend is all about the Long Slow Run. Only after I started training for the London Marathon and doing the lab test did I realise that I’ve never run the LSR slow enough! With the distances required for the marathon I’ve had to discipline myself to keep it steady. Today was due to be my longest ever run but it didn’t quite go as I expected.
Continue reading Caught Short On The Long Run
The recent City of London Mile was my first foray into running a single timed mile and I loved it. While I was there I was introduced to something else that will broaden my running horizons: #Trailburning
Continue reading Adventures Abound: #Trailburning
With just a week until the City of London Mile I wanted to test my speed over shorter distances with a short session I rarely do but should probably do more frequently as I really enjoyed it.
Continue reading #Juneathon Day 15: Brought to you by the letter L
Tonight’s run was an absolute pleasure. The sky was still blue, the sun was still shining. I took the opportunity to head to Duck Lake for the first time since the Autumn and what a great choice. Although still a touch muddy underfoot I still managed a decent pace. There were plenty of wildlife distractions with a plethora of birds on the water and the banks. I was making good time so I stopped to take a photo of the view:
Spring has sprung!
Another pleasant surprise, after my post-run cleanup was an e-mail from Just Giving telling me someone had made a £20 donation to my Maggie’s fundraising challenge. My bigger surprise was, on checking my JustGiving page, that the donation has been made by a complete stranger! A massive thank you to the generosity of Rachel Davies, who wanted to contribute to my fundraising challenge after reading a version of one of my earlier blogs that was featured in Breast Cancer Care’s Vita magazine.