Kelly first started seeing me for PT in September 2021 to improve her general strength and aerobic fitness. She wasn’t into running and had very little desire to start due to a long-standing knee problem. Fast-forward 6 months, medical approval and some inspirational friends already on the C25K journey, and that changed.
Kelly went alone and built up her mileage until she was comfortably running 5k. She contacted me in January after booking her very first 10k race, the Oxford Town & Gown. From February I programmed a weekly online running program tailored to her needs. We worked on intervals to increase speed and endurance so she was confident in completing the distance come race day, with general progressive runs focusing on building speed over set distances.
The aim was to run 3 x times weekly for 12 x weeks then taper prior to the race. The plan stated well until life threw a few unexpected curveballs, Covid being one of them. Training intensity and frequency reduced but she kept chipping away at her goal.
The nerves set in a few days before race day (as expected) but she kept her cool during the race and followed the plan; started steady, found her own rhythm then picked up the pace when feeling comfortable and confident she could hold on until the finish line.
AND…..she did it and I’m so proud! What a fantastic sporting achievement and such a great role model for your children. I’m sure your journey has inspired them too; they will be entering junior races next!
So, as quoted ‘What’s next’?!
”Clare is a very motivational PT who definitely gets you doing more than you ever thought possible! Without Clare’s structured programme, I would have found it hard to keep-up the training, especially during the dark winter months. I can thoroughly recommend Clare’s PT or virtual running service.”
Race Number 4498