Take a look at yourself and make a change…

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? How’s it going?

Changing behaviour, especially if it’s become habitual, can be hard. There’s loads of research about how people change their habits and the stages we go through to make changes.

I really like the behaviour change model which has been used here, by the Royal College of Nursing. Although they’re talking about change for health, it could be referring to anything: getting the boiler serviced, finding a new job, achieving an athletic goal.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck, especially if you’re contemplating change or are in danger of a relapse, get in touch; we can work together to unstick you!

stages of change model
From https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/supporting-behaviour-change/understanding-behaviour-change

On the importance of rest

Resting is when your body adapts, recovers and rebuilds to make it stronger. This will only happen if you stress your body in accordance with the adaptation you want to happen (e.g. if you want to get faster, you need to practice running faster) and you let your body make those tweaks.

That’s why a long-run schedule takes backwards steps sometimes. It can be tempting to keep going up, especially after a good run, but don’t stress your body too much, or you’ll end up over-training and sick or injured. Take care!

This article from BrianMac Sports Coach explains this beautifully.

Can I compare thee…?

Running’s weird: races are all about who comes first, but so few people can realistically train for that level of success, why do the rest of us even bother?!

I don’t mean for that to sound negative, but to serve as a reminder that our reasons are different: some people want to get faster; some want to run further; others just want to get away from it all.

Whatever our reasons for running, comparing ourselves with someone who’s training for something different is going to be entirely counter-productive: start from where you are and where you want to get will hove into view!

Get some help to reach your goals

I started running in 2007 because someone told me I’d never be able to do Reading Half Marathon.

Nearly 30 half-marathons later (including one pushing my sister in her wheelchair), it’s fair to say that person was wrong.

Having volunteered at my running club for some time, I qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness and started Tilehurst Runs Together three years ago.

In that time, TRT has evolved from a group of wannabe runners, into an excellent community of dedicated and hard-working athletes. I am exceptionally proud of them and their achievements.

I will encourage and coach those taking their first tentative steps; support and challenge the more experienced athletes; help you achieve what you had thought was impossible, just as I did.

As a specialist coach, as well as a gym instructor and (soon-to-be!) PT, I can help you to run well, avoiding injury and working to your strengths. I can set you a specific training programme to get you to your goal, including strength training, timed runs and challenges to keep you motivated. I can analyse your running form and movement patterns to help identify risks and prevent injuries. I can teach you how to use your foam roller to maintain suppleness and mobility. I can give you a stretch routine which will bring your muscles back to life after a hard session. And if you really want, I can nag you and nag you and nag you…

I have coached people to their first 5k, 10k, half marathon and beyond. I have helped people achieve personal best times which they had thought unattainable. I have supported people through returns from injury and illness.

If you’ve got a running goal for 2020, why not get in touch?

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