Running

Why choose a Coach in Running Fitness rather than a Personal Trainer?

If your aim is to complete a run, then why wouldn’t you see a running specialist? I have coached experienced runners to personal bests, helped gym-bunnies get outdoors and embrace the exhilaration of cross-country running (it’s not like school – promise!), supported absolute beginners to 5k, 10k, half marathons and more.

I should also say that I am a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer, too!

Expertise

Unlike a generic personal trainer, I have been taught by and continue to learn from the best coaches at England Athletics. I know how to tailor plans to help you to reach your goals and how to help you to improve your technique to run more efficiently.

I also have various generic fitness qualifications, which bring knowledge of biomechanics and progressive strength development to any running training.

Personal experience

I started running aged 27, having been active but not sporty since school. At first, I thought running wasn’t for me; I ran to my local park (which was about 800m from home) and, completely out of breath and feeling a bit sick, I walked home. Had a coach talked to me about the importance of a warm up, perhaps I’d have persevered that first time? As my running progressed, I got various niggly injuries; an integrated strength programme and good habit-forming from the start could have prevented those ‘walking downstairs backwards’ days.

Professionalism

As a qualified and experienced teacher and trainer, I know how to get the best out of people. I will work with you and your lifestyle to help you to get where you want to be. Any running plans we write will be done together, starting where you are now and moving you towards your goals without setting unreasonable or unrealistic targets along the way. And if targets and goals aren’t your thing, then we’ll leave them out, too.

Your training is about you: getting from where you are now to where you want to be.

Being a cheerleader

I recently asked my athletes to describe themselves as a runner: determined, enthusiastic, keen and motivated were common responses. It was so pleasing to see them be so positive about their own running, even after a year of few opportunities to test themselves. As a coach, I see my role to be a realistic cheerleader…

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Cold weather running

On your body Start with some barrier cream/gel (like petroleum jelly) on sensitive areas to prevent chaffing and wind-burn. If you’ve never experienced either of these things, lucky you! Then wear a long-sleeved base layer next to your skin, preferably in a wicking-fabric which will take the sweat away. If you feel the cold, the…

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Run Equal and me

This article was originally written in 2019 for the Trail Running Association‘s publication, Trailrunner. I have made some edits and updates. The original title was Picking up the Run Equal baton. It is not my intention to exclude non-cis and non-binary people from this conversation and genuinely welcome discourse with any runners willing to chat.…

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