I hope everyone has survived Ciara! If you missed it, just checkout people’s strava titles for accurate on the ground reporting. It is never nice heading out in 60mph wind & rain but a top tip for those on Strava needing motivation to get outside - grab yourself a segment that goes from south west to north east, put a bin bag on or Stewart Mcandie’s 2xu rain jacket and then kick!
This week was just about getting back to full health. It does amaze me how quickly you can dig yourself into a hole after exerting yourself even just for 32minutes. After Sunday’s 10k effort I felt very run down and this carried on into Monday. It was a safe call to push back the week’s session to Wednesday to make sure I was over the illness.
For the first time I got to witness Fulham Pain Cave, the track edition - headed up by Stuart Farmer. Over the last 12-months Fulham RC have seen some brilliant performances and a lot can be attributed to this group and Stuart going out his way week after week to set this up. The fruits of his labour are shown by the Cross Country Results this weekend, with us picking up the promotion.
Belonging to a Club or Group
Fulham has shown time after time why it is so beneficial to belong to a training group to get the best out of yourself. There are the massive benefits of being held accountable, always having someone to chase down or push you but what I feel is more valuable is picking up advice and insight into others you train with and I do believe this gets overlooked.
It’s almost like cooking a chilli. If you use the same recipe book every time it will produce a similar result but if you pick up another recipe book and it tells you to throw in a bit of chocolate you might find the result is better or worse than the previous recipe. Either way at least you took that step to find out if the change worked for you.
Once you have taken that first step to shake things up you are more inclined to try and absorb new methods to find that perfect recipe. That is one of the reasons why I believe the runners that are part of FRC have come on so much over the past two years and in turn the promotion to div 1. This is quite a feat when you consider the clubs that are in div. They are probably the best and the most well established athletics clubs in the country. To put it in perspective to even break into the top 5 you quite often have to have already sported a national vest.
What I value about being part of many training groups is that you have so many different varieties of runners that have strengths from 800m to 100miles but you learn about how they go about becoming so talented at their given discipline. Training in a group is contagious in the sense you share your plan, sessions, results and work ethic which in turn leads to you trying new things and getting you to that next level.
It was brilliant to see us pick up the promotion this weekend and now we will really need to up the ante heading into the 20/21 cross country season. It might come as a surprise to you but I really don’t enjoy cross country that much but what really gets me to the start line is the team aspect of it and knowing that everyone is pushing themselves for the team scoring sheet.
Felt very tired by the end of this week and made an effort to get some early nights but need to get better with my nutrition post sessions and also this week I really became lazy with my stretching and mobility. I did do a Pilates class but I should have swapped this for yoga class as the Pilates was a little bit intense.
Weekly Cool Down #1 07.01.20 A week in Chamonix really takes a lot out of the body trying to fit in the running on top of the skiing meant that I went into this past week with tired legs and a couple niggles specifically in my hamstring and right ankle. Robert, kindly squeezed me in on the Monday to help work out the niggles and flush out the legs ahead of Wednesday. Wrap Up Monday: AM: 8miles @ 7:07/m - massage session /PM: 60min cycle Tuesday: AM: 6miles @ 7:07/m / PM: 6miles @ 6:54/m - This was a different approach to telford so really took it easy on these runs but inluded some drills in the PM Wednesday: AM:1.4m WU - Serpentine NYT Race - 31:51 / PM: 5miles @ 7:15/m Thursday: AM: 12miles @ 6:52/m / Gym session - included kettlebell and plyometric drills Friday:AM: 8miles @ 6:52/m / PM: 6.3miles @ 6:00/m Saturday: AM: 10min Tempo (5:09/m) - 10* 60”hills - 5*250m (avg. 4:40/m-45”) - this was a tough session but a great one to put in the bank. 10.8miles @ 6:24/m / PM: 5miles @ 7:07/m Sun…
Weekly Cool Down
10.06.20 Hanging onto Dad's wheel down to into Crail Weekly Cool Down - #22
I hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay, I ended up loosing a lot of content yesterday morning that did not save. Very frustrating!
Training took a positive step forward this week. It is nice having the goal to build back to full fitness when there is no rush to get back racing, as I am sure at this time with no races on the cards it’s hard to keep your motivation up if you are in the best shape possible and it’s even harder to maintain it at that level.I have enjoyed just keeping the training relaxed but I am defiantly missing racing and the social scene that goes with it, especially at this time of the year when those Sri Chimony Monday Night 5k start to kickoff.
As I have been steadily increasing my mileage over the last three weeks I have started using a new piece of tech called the Stryd Power Meter. From what I can make out this is the only device out there tha…
Weekly Cool Down 05.05.20
Another one of Dumbarnie Links - 10*150m (running the bend) Weekly Cool Down - #17
I hope you are keeping well and not too stir crazy. All is alright on this side of the screen, I throw myself at training last week and ticked off two sessions that I was happy with and then kept the running easy for the remainder of the week, even though my HR would say otherwise, I think the battery needs a swap out.
This week I tried a session that I have never done before and on paper it looked rather light and easy but I was blooming knackered after it. Having joined the athletics scene later in life via triathlon I feel I have missed out on the traditional route most athletes take when stepping into longer distance stuff. It is obvious that there is a focus on short faster sessions in youth athletics, and I never really had a shot at focusing on this, not that I ever really had a strong 100m or 200m time but I have missed out on working on that max spee…