Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Wow !

I found out at last nights training session that I had been awarded Club Member of the Year and Most Improved Runner at last Fridays annual awards dinner. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the dinner because I was working..... The first one I have missed for a couple of years !

The Club Member of the Year was for the work I have done setting up the beginners group and getting it going and growing ! I must admit this is something I have really enjoyed doing and I am really enjoying the training that I'm doing towards my next coaching qualification.

So, all in all it has been quite a good running year for me. I have beaten my half marathon PB ( something I really wanted to do this year) and in each race I have beaten my previous course time...... I'm now starting to plan next year, my marathon training and setting some targets for races later in the year :)

PS as soon as I receive the trophies I will no doubt post a photo !

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Found it !

Well, not long after giving up all hope of finding my head torch (and about to order a new one) it magically re-appeared..... Right at the back under my desk....

I'm not sure quite who the culprit was but it was one of my two four legged friends....

Anyway, it's back and I'm running !

Monday, 18 November 2013

A new half marathon PB

Well, yesterday I got a new half marathon PB of 1:55:50 at Gosport. I think we were really lucky with the weather, it was cool but not cold with a slight breeze rather than the gale we had for the Great South Run.

I hadn't had the ideal race preparation; I had spent the previous two days photographing weddings. This isn't as glamorous as it may sound. It is normally 12 hours at a time, most of it on your feet with quite heavy kit, not eating properly and not drinking anywhere near enough.

What with that and I had still been running with the dogs over the Downs each morning so they got their exercise I wouldn't have been surprised if I hadn't beaten my PB.

On the drive down there I gave myself a good talking to. At each race this year I have beaten my previous course best and at the Great South Run I had proved that I could run the pace I needed to for 10 miles..... I just hadn't done as many long distances as I had wanted and really wasn't sure if I could maintain it for another three, I was worried about running out of energy as much as anything.

I took my own water, I just can't get on with running and drinking from cups, I gave it another go but for me it just doesn't work. I also had some Clif shot bloks with me and had these at miles 5 and 7.

The course is just about as flat as you can get although if it is windy and raining I don't think the sections through the airport would be much fun !

I had planned to stay just below 9min miles and apart from a mental wobble at mile 7 I managed it. I just have to stay focused, not let my concentration drift and tell myself I can do it !

Anyway, here is the Garmin data

And here is the medal :)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Lots to learn !

Last weekend was my first two days training for my Coach in a Running Fitness qualification... this is quite a step up from the Leader in Running Fitness course that I did in March and goes in to an awful lot more detail about the technical model of running as well as learning how to coach.

I now have my homework to go and complete as well as making a start on my coaching diary before my next training day in December. After that I then have a sixteen week supported practice period and then both written and practical exams (after my training diary has been assessed).

I think I'm only just realising quite how much work goes in to this. As well as the planning aspect I'm busy learning more about nutrition and energy systems as well as the biomechanics of running.

I now have the "curse"; I can't pass another runner without assessing their technique in my head !

This has been fascinating so far and made me assess my own running technique (I need to be able to demonstrate the "proper" way!). It has also made me look at the coaching techniques that I use with the existing group that I run as well as looking at each individual's ability and where they fit on the "Athlete Pathway".

As far as actual running is concerned I have been out and doing some ! I still have a slightly sore Achilles after the Great South Run so I have been doing some specific exercises for it... I have also been back out over the Downs in the mud and rain with the dogs :) I really love running off road, the speed doesn't really matter, it is just the feeling of running through the woods and fields and when you get to the top you really feel as though you are on top of the world.

On the downside I've managed to lose my head torch somewhere so last nights run through the woods in the dark was a bit dodgy...... I keep hoping it will turn up somewhere but I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy another one...

Anyway, this is what it looked like once the rain had cleared earlier today...

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