Use the power of goosebumps to find YOUR event in 2016

Use the power of goosebumps to find YOUR event in 2016

If you are anything like me, the Christmas break has meant a quadrupling of my food and alcohol intake, accompanied by many reflections on the year that has gone, discussions about what races I enjoyed, questions about whether I am actually any fitter this time around and bold predictions for the new year.  As runners, this is usually accompanied by animated conversations with friends and planning around events and races that we want to sign up for.  

With so many events on the running calendar these days and entry costs going through the roof, it is becoming tricky (and expensive) to decide which event is actually the right event for you.  I see so many people sign up for events that they don’t really want to do and / or have little motivation to do well in.  

I want you to use the power of goosebumps to avoid that!

I have just gone through this process having had a pretty great 2015, with PB’s at half marathon, marathon and half ironman distances, as well as my first ever Ironman.  However, I struggled to find the right event to sign up for 2016.  You know, the one event that keeps you motivated and gets you out of bed in the morning when you really don’t feel like it.   

Read on to get a little insight into my slightly quirky, random thought process, when deciding to sign up for Ironman New Zealand and how this can help you pick the right event for you in 2016.

Older doesn't mean slower! By the first person I coached

Older doesn't mean slower!  By the first person I coached

As you may know, Go Run is a small, young, start up company, but thankfully the good news stories and results are already starting to roll in!  I want to tell you about the first runner that I began coaching, my dad!  

He is nearly 62 years old and has run for recreation and fitness for over 30 years, completing 6 marathons (all of them under 4hrs 15 mins), over 20 half marathons, plus many other shorter races.  We began working together over a 14 week period to prepare him for the Great North Run half marathon in mid September and he managed to get his best half marathon time in 7 years (2:06:32)!  

Melbourne Marathon Festival 2015: Results

Melbourne Marathon Festival 2015: Results

Yesterday was a BIG day for GoRun.  Our first major event in the spring / summer running calendar came and went with the Melbourne Marathon Festival.  Five GoRun coached runners entered in the 10km (2 Go Runners), Half Marathon (2 Go Runners) and Marathon (1 Go Runner) all performed amazingly well and I am extremely proud of what we managed to achieve together!  So here are the results:

Dealing with taper time

Dealing with taper time

Many of you will be lining up to start your races at the Melbourne Marathon Festival in less than two weeks time.  Congratulations on getting this far!  You will mostly have gone through the tough, long preparation for the 10km, half marathon or marathon distances and now entering a taper period, to freshen you up for race day.  This is a weird and wonderful couple of weeks where things are more likely to go wrong than right.  Many people can derail their races during this period, so I thought it would be useful to run through five 'race ready' tips with to help keep you focused and ready to roll when you get to the start line in under two weeks time.

Here goes...

Why did I get a coach?

Why did I get a coach?

In the lead up to my first Boston Marathon I spent hours poring over running training plans.  I would take elements of each plan and change my own plans for the next day, week and month.  Sounds like good, adaptive, evidence informed work, right?   Yeah, but no, but…

This constant adaptation became over-complicated, obsessive and wasteful.   The need to adapt stemmed from my tendency to over-think things, and the need to know that I was doing the right training.  The problem was that I simply didn’t know.  I didn’t know what was right for me and couldn’t distinguish the advice, supposed evidence and opinion from the thousands of resources available through Dr. Google.  I was paralysed with too much information and wasted a lot of valuable time and energy worrying about it.

Running in the Melbourne Marathon Festival? Training Tips for the next 10 weeks

The Melbourne Marathon Festival is now ten weeks away! The PMPP team is in the midst of its training and looking strong!  The next ten weeks of running will be challenging, so we have enlisted the help of Recreational Running Coach, Chris White from GoRun (www.gorun.com.au).  For this blog, we asked him for five tips to surviving and flourishing over the next ten weeks before crossing the finish line at the MCG.  

Read the full guest blog I did over at the Port Melbourne Physio & Pilates website 

 

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“I think I am going to do an extra session that isn’t on the plan.”

“I think I am going to do an extra session that isn’t on the plan.”

Four days later I was still suffering and struggling through planned training sessions that I should have been nailing. Schoolboy error.

When I mentioned this faux-pas to more experienced athletes, I got knowing looks, wry smiles and was delivered the line, “don’t think, just do.”

Not thinking used to be a bit of an issue for me. I tend to mull things over. A lot. It is probably the main reason why I opted to become part of a coaching set up in the first place. I was paralysed by a myriad of training regimes, plans, articles, blogs, magazines all suggesting polar opposites. I eventually (after a lot of thinking) decided once I had committed to the Melbourne Ironman in early 2015, that it would be best to trust someone to help me work through all of the options. I teamed up with a coach.

Recovery is king

Recovery is king

Lots of athletes are keen to do the hard physical training, but not so keen to get the appropriate rest and recovery that will enable them to perform at their best when needed. This is a trait I can see in athletes all around me.  They are eager to get out for the next session, do the best they can, push limits and keep improving on those all consuming Garmin numbers… Sound familiar?