Posted: 03/04/2016 at 10:50
Here we go again, following the highly unproductive rule of typing it elsewhere and then pasting it in.
So, I must apologise for being awol. Business has to come first and this forum is so clunky to use, in comparison to say, a facebook group, that it had just become a bit difficult to get on here.
Nonetheless, GM and I have kept regular coaching contact by more efficient 21st century means!! HA
(On that note, I wondered peoples thoughts on moving this onto a facebook group so we can keep up the chat without logging on and waiting for a great big advert to load half the time).
Unfortunately, following that ultra in January, which was a great result, we’ve struggled to get GM doing enough of the key workouts that would give him confidence in achieving sub 3:30 in Manchester marathon, and with TP100 coming up 3 weeks later, we really seriously questioned what he wanted most. About 2 weeks ago, I gave him a series of options to assess where his heart was, and his response was that he wants to get through the TP100, and that training should be geared toward this.
If that sub-3:30 was the primary goal in his heart, we would have chosen another marathon in May (probably Halstead), to give him an extra 6 weeks of training now his post-ultra injury issues are solved.
Some may see these decisions as a disappointment, but I see them as a valuable lesson. If you want to achieve a goal, especially a goal time in a Marathon, that needs to be your primary focus, as not only does it require dedication to training, but, often more importantly, dedication to actions that will prevent injury, or indeed taking action efficiently if you do come a cropper, so that it can be salvaged in a matter of days rather than weeks. Rest isn’t always the answer!
Any goal you set must be achievable in the context of your life but, a difficult lesson to learn is when to let go of goals as things change. This doesn’t mean we stop striving for achievement, but accepting that the goalposts (excuse the pun) can move.
Having spoken to GM, he’s far more interested in running ultras in the next 3-6 months, and as a result, his ongoing coaching (yes, he’s signed up for more!) will focus on that.
If anyone else is interested in working with me after your spring marathons, then fill out this form here, and you’ll be contacted in due course:
I will go through the posts I’ve missed today and try to help where I can. I’ve already seen in the last few days there are questions around race nutrition, and I have a free nutrition guide you can download here in exchange for your email address, where you’ll get sent my latest blogs, and offerings from I Run Success.
I’m going to say good luck to all competing in Marathons.
If I’m being completely honest with my availability, I just don’t think I’m realistically going to be able to spend much more time on these forums in future, which is why I’d like to set up a facebook group to continue to chat to y’all. But I’ll sneak on as much as I can in April to see how you all do in your marathons.