I’ve really plunged myself into the deep end this week!
On Saturday I attended the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness course. The course teaches you how to deliver running sessions for mixed ability groups, helps you to think about how you can support new runners, encourage people to start running and increase participation. It was a really intensive course and I came home full of confidence that I could lead a group.
So this morning I sent an email to my club to let them know I am available to lead our beginners group and my first session is this week! Eek! So I am busy planning the session, trying not to get too worried and reminding myself it’s a good idea to put learning into practice as soon as possible.
My running this week didn’t really go to plan. I still had a lingering sore throat so although I ran with the running group at my work on Tuesday, I missed my Wednesday club session. On Tuesday we ran another 5k run but this time with sunshine and not hail.
However, this means I am slightly behind on my 5k plan to get a PB at my race in July. I’m not too worried at the moment as I still have 6 weeks to go and I have managed at least one speed session per week. However, I think I do need to make sure I start getting out there so I’m in good shape for 15th July.
My only speed session this week was on Sunday and was a threshold session. I did 4 repeats of 5 minutes at threshold with 2 minute recovery on a rather hilly route. It was tough, running at threshold up a hill is really hard. I definitely slowed down going up the hills but I’m hoping it will mean that running on the flat will be easier. In all I ran just under 4 miles in 41 minutes.
I did have a little pause to take a photo of the horses in the field. Even when trying to be speedy I can’t help noticing the animals!
How was your week running? Have you done the LiRF course?