Intention

The last week in the UK has been extremely unsettling.

Social media often shows us the best of people, with locally organised support-groups popping up all over the place. However, access to so much information can sometimes be confusing, as experts of varying quality offer conflicting advice about what to do for the best.

I shall be keeping my intention to be calm, helpful when I can be and always honest with my friends and family about how I feel.

What do you want to be different?

How’s your New Year’s Resolution going?

If it’s going well, well done! If it’s not going so well, now’s a great time to try again. In fact, any time is a good time to try again.

Before you reset your target, think really carefully about what it is you want to be different. List the steps you need to go through to get there.

Then, do the next thing, not the whole thing.

Get in touch if you need some help.

Sleep

It’s that time of year again, when distance runners feel tired and hungry ALL the time.

As you up your training, whether it’s couch-to-5k or up to marathon distance, your body needs time to repair itself. If you’re feeling particularly tired, you might need to go to bed earlier or even have a nap.

I know that if I’ve only got the energy to flop on the sofa or scroll through 400 Insta posts of kittens, it’s probably time for bed…

Stretching

Do you feel a bit stiff in the morning or after a day at your desk? That’s your fascia complaining…

Make sure you’re well hydrated and spend a few minutes stretching everything out; the stiffness will vanish and you’ll start to feel better.

The trouble is, the fuzzed-up feeling often returns. People often say that this is an inevitable part of ageing; anyone who’s ever been in a yoga class will know ‘that woman in her 70s who can do the splits’.

Stiffness isn’t inevitable: stretch every day and your fascia will thank you later! Static (held) stretches also feel good, can increase the range of motion in a joint and reduce the effect of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), too.

Why wouldn’t you?

Training Triumvirate

This cycle represents the features required to improve athletic performance. We also have to take into account the desire and capacity for improved performance. The choices we make around our training will shape how we train and whether or not we achieve our goals. 

Look at your training diary and ask yourself these questions:
Do you know what you’re training for?
What effort are you willing to commit to your training?
Is your training working for you? 

The last question is the absolute key to success. There are so many variables, that you need to find what works for you: if it’s not working, change it.

I’d love to help you change up your training, so that you achieve your goals. Get in touch and we can talk about what you can do differently, starting with what you do well.