I’ve not done a round up for a few weeks now. Thankfully it’s not because I’ve stopped running, but rather because I’ve been doing a lot of coaching and group work.
My week looked like this.
Monday was a coaching session. It was the second session with two new clients who are both regular runners but want to improve times and need someone to hold them accountable. During coaching sessions I might demonstrate drills and exercises but I don’t really run, I watch my runners run. So although I’m busy it’s a different busy from when I’m doing my own workout.
Next up was my beginners group in North Marston on Wednesday and it was chucking it down all day! I was unsure how many people would turn up but we had 7 runners so I was really pleased. The rain had eased off a bit by the time we were running and everyone really tried to push themselves a little, despite the damp conditions.
Thursday was my double group session. I have a beginners start to run group, followed by an improvers run. Once again it was raining and once again all my beginners turned up! Amazing!
I managed to fit in a strength session on Saturday but that was it. So two days of running with my groups and one strength session.
Which leads me on to a surprising decision. This autumn I’m going to run a marathon! This is despite not quite knowing how I will fit my own training in with my coaching and running groups, my office job and wanting to have some home life! So how did this come about?
Back in January one of my goals was to build my endurance and strength so I could run a marathon in 2018. This seemed sensible as I knew I would be coaching more. But one thing I didn’t see happening was my mum telling me that she wanted to run a marathon too, nor that her work situation would mean that this summer she could actually put time aside to dedicate to marathon training. So, even though I do have worries about how everything will fit in, I’ve agreed to run the Loch Ness marathon with her in September. EEEK!
So now, I am going to put my coach’s head on to make myself a sensible plan which will take into account all my other commitments. We won’t be aiming for a particular time, which puts some pressure off. Instead we will be running for the fun, the experience and the beautiful views.
With that in mind I will be spending the next week setting out an 18 week plan. Wish me luck!
Have you entered any surprise races this year? Or done any races that you thought you’d never do?