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.

Expertise

Unlike a 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.

Planning

Are you making plans at the moment? It’s hard, with the possibility of further race cancellations and postponements, to think about what the future might hold. But it could be a very bad idea to wait until you’re sure. Take Reading Half Marathon, for instance. Usually, at this point in the year, I’d have a…

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What goes up…

…always goes up a little bit more than originally anticipated. (If you’re local, and ever attempted to run up Pincents Lane, you’ll know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.) Hills are hard to run up because we’re running against gravity and sometimes hard to run down because it can feel like gravity is going to win…

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What else?

Recently, I’ve asked my runners what they do that’s not running. I was pleasantly surprised that they have a whole heap of fitness and other hobbies. It reassured me that if they ever find themselves injured (or locked-down), they’ll have something else to help them to fill their wellbeing wells. When I think of everything…

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