Thursday, 22 March 2018

A Trainer's Tale - Episode 3 - Falling with Style

Every little helps...
The Marathon is an exceptional event for many reasons, not least because behind that one day of eventing there lies many months of hard training.

This morning, with just over 4 weeks to go, and almost 7 months of training behind us, Brian suddenly piped up, “I think I’m being a bit cavalier about this”. Hmmm. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we get on so well. I used to share that same cavalier attitude about learning to drive, or giving birth. Millions of people do it every single day, how hard can it be? Quite hard as it turns out.

Running is a great leveller, and despite our very different lives and backgrounds, throughout those months of hard training we’ve had enormous fun.

There’s the time we were sprinting – 25 seconds hard running, followed by 3 minutes recovery, times 6 – and Brian tripped over a tussock (his word not mine). I tried to catch him (honestly) as we both fell in slow motion, Brian face-planting in the mud and me falling on top of him. After I’d checked Brian was still intact, I lay on my back in the mud laughing my head off. I love my job.

Then there’s the time I got sick myself. We’d completed a tempo run round a field with a club house and had just started post-run cool-down and stretching. All of a sudden, I couldn't hold myself together any longer and sprinted round the back of the club house to throw up. “You ok to carry on stretching Brian?”, I managed to yell, in between loud barfing and laughing. “Righty ho!” came the cheery reply.

We had great fun running through the woods not so long ago. Despite the recent snowfall and lots of rain, it never really occurred to me that the path might be a little muddy. I kept saying “it’ll be drier in a minute; there’ll be less mud, honestly”. Brian started calling me Theresa (May) for my groundless positivity. Theresa, please note, it never did get any dryer. On the upside, walking and running through deep mud trying to stay upright brought out Brian’s inner 5 year old and we laughed our way through that session.

I enjoy 1 to 1 coaching immensely, it’s so much fun spending time with and getting to know all kinds of people. On a serious note, Brian’s main reason for taking on The Marathon at 75 yrs old is to raise money for prostate cancer research which he believes is tragically underfunded. Please click here to donate to The Gerry Jogger. Last September we could measure Brian's run in inches. Now he's up to 16 miles. What he's achieved already is remarkable. 

If you’re inspired and want to learn to run, please contact me at Jacky@Walk2Run.org. It’s fun.

And it might just change your life.

No comments:

Post a Comment