Weekly round up: Spring running

Weekly round up: Spring running

Running Happy weekly round up

It almost felt like I was back to normal this week!

Wednesday I was back at my club co-leading the Start to Run group. It was my first time at the club in 10 weeks and the group started 2 weeks ago so I had a little catching up to do.

The discussion topic this week was injury, so it was a very apt week to start helping out. When we got running we did 4 minutes of running and a 1 minute walk, so well within my comfort zone but still the longest I had ran since my PF injury flared up.

Saturday I wasn’t running but instead delivering my first coaching session. This was part of my Coach in Running Fitness course homework and the first detailed session I have planned and delivered. Before the session I sent the plan off to my support coach for feedback and made some adjustments to it (I was a little over ambitious on what could be done in an hour). The session itself was great. It was a one to one session with a bit of skills, running and strength training. I want to plan another one shortly with a group as I think that will challenge me a bit more.

I filmed the session for my support coach so I now need to send it off for his feedback. I feel like I’m back at school waiting for my marks!


On Sunday I went for a run with my pup. It was a lovely sunny day and I had a really good run. I always think of runs with my dog as Fartlek sessions, but with him calling the shots! We run a bit and then it’s sniff time, run a bit more then he’ll have to stop for a wee, run a bit then run really fast as he has spotted a crow in the distance. It’s always fun and just the type of stop start running I need to do at the moment.

When I got home I finally had the time to sit down and make a race page for the virtual run I am organising for Dr Hadwen Trust. The Grand Bank Holiday Run is in May and will raise money for brain tumour research. I’m really looking forward to this race and I do hope to get many entries from around the world.

How was your week? Have you had any spring weather recently?

This weekly round up is part of the link up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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  • Oooh, lots of great challenges to start spring off. How fun ! Weather is going to be nice here all week ! so happy spring has come to Europe !

    • Me too. The spring flowers have been out but the spring weather hasn’t. I hope April will be the start of good weather.

  • I’m so glad to hear you are backing to running. I hope your PF issues stay away. Your coaching program sounds very different from the one I participated in here. We had to present training plans, but while working in groups. It took the pressure off somewhat. That’s a great way to describe running with a dog! Thanks for linking with us Nicola.

    • It took me a few days to work out the plan. I’m hoping it’ll get easier with practice!

  • Tricia Barber Vaughn

    I am smiling while reading this I am glad to hear you are almost back to 100%! Love the picture of you and your dog. I go running with mine pretty regular! Thanks Nicola for linking up with us!

    • Thanks Tricia. I’m hoping to get up to 5k this week, fingers crossed!

  • Oh PF is the worst and I think once you have it it just decides to flare up every once in a while.

    • I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on it. I think it may be a case of learning when to rest so it doesn’t flare up.
      That and new trainers!

  • So glad to hear you are back to running! That’s how I feel about running with my dog, but we always seem to do more stopping than running. It’s still fun though. Great pic of you and your pup–you both look happy!

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