No runner exists alone, they rely on what Accelerate like to call ‘Team You‘. The network of people who allow you to achieve the amount you currently do include: family, friends and those people down at your local running store, whoever facilitates your runs by offering equipment, advice, events, marshalls and a lift home from a hard race. They all count toward your success. It’s the ones at home coping without you – so you can disappear for hours on end. As you begin to take your running more seriously (which might be anything from attempting a second lap of a reservoir, to a PB in something you were lucky to have survived even once), you will undoubtedly begin to include more and more people in your team. Here’s how my team’s helped me recently:
Since taking a Lactate Test with Adela Carter (@ACracer) of Holywell Active Health and training under Stuart Hale (@runstu), I’ve had my share of frustration. Lots of slow and steady running, getting colder – more bored than normal and feeling as if I’d hardly done anything.
Well, a month and a half in – and I’m already beginning to see the point in it all. My training’s tailored toward becoming a better Ultra Distance Runner, but the first thing on the agenda is the Sheffield Half Marathon. While Stu informs me he ‘isn’t treating it as important’, I’d like to manage a PB all the same. (I did state that should be target number one in my application for coaching).
Interestingly enough, through following the instructions and maintaining the required beats per minute on my heart rate monitor – I’ve noticed certain trends already.
I’ve taken in greater and greater amounts of ascent and not only managed to always maintain the same average pace throughout each run, but go quicker the more I’ve climbed??? I’ve also just completed a 1hr 45min run as per the training schedule, but within that time covered just shy of 13 miles. That means that while deliberately holding back and sticking to the heart rate set, I’ve achieved exactly the same time for a half marathon as I did a few years ago, while filling in for a friend at the last minute. Encouraging.
Through conditioning and regular recovery runs I’ve successfully increased the workload and avoided fatigue. I am now confident that since a few short weeks have revealed the benefits of returning to the basics and building from scratch, the rest of the year should bring even more progress and eventual success at the Ultra events I’m attempting.
One thing that made a big difference is the support of the Holywell Health team, in particular Colin Papworth (@colpod) and Ben Swain (@wellgoodmassage) – both of whom helped me recently with my tight left leg. I’ve suffered for over a year with one thing or another, and yes – I should have addressed it sooner, but finally having gone in to see them I have a new spring in my step. Surprising what a little manual manipulation will do for a blocked joint or tight calf. Onward and upward!
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