Started New Year’s Day with a solo 5k run/course inspection on the Wammy before I was joined by 480 odd parkrunners. Finished with a mile run round a very icy Westlands (Go away ❄️) Started proper marathon training, I’ve done a proper plan and everything, and I’m nearly following it! The snow has has been … Continue reading January done: 148 miles
So it's nearly been six months since I passed my England athletics coaching badge and I must say I'm really enjoying it, everyday is a school day and all that. So I do my coaching on a Wednesday night at the running club. As a club we run Couch to 5k courses, which do exactly … Continue reading 6 months a coach
I put my hands up now admit I don’t follow training plans. As a coach I understand all the science behind training plans but as a runner with a young family and a busy job, I just can’t do them. Sorry! Plus one of the main reason I don’t do plans is unless your running … Continue reading Training plans and all that….
Nutritional is a minefield, everyone has an opinion on it. I’m not a nutritionist but I’ve listened loads of opinions and taken away the bits that makes sense for me. The best drink to have before, during and after running is water. My favourite type of water is ‘fridge water’. Keep a large jug of … Continue reading The Nutrition Minefield. Here’s what works for me
Pacing a race or a long run is probably one the hardest things in running to pull off. I know this from many experiences. We all go off too fast on the start line whether it's a parkrun, half marathon or marathon. You've trained for a race so you probably know what pace you … Continue reading Pacing. Moving the start line.
I’m now an official England athletics coach. Yes, I can now teach you how to run! The last 6 months of learning to become a coach has been very rewarding and quite stressful at times. The stressful times were mainly in the car driving home after 8 hours in a classroom at Bolton Arena learning … Continue reading The big step into coaching.
Each year in the UK there are hundreds of races. How do you know which race to run? Deciding which race to run is a big decision for us runners. Some runners want to break a PB at a certain distance, while other runners might have never raced that distance before and fancy a new … Continue reading What’s your next race?