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Run England Cogges Summer Sessions

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

Juneathon 2015 Day 27: The One With The Fun Run

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.

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Training Peak – Now To Taper

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.

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Caught Short On The Long Run

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.

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Spring In My Step

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.