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Getting Faster!

I used to have a long spiel here about my approach to coaching. About how I coach athletes in a progressive and goal-orientated manner, integrating training principles used by elites for generations. I spoke at length about modulation, specificity, periodisation, blah blah blah. And about how all this will help you avoid injury and get faster. But the truth is I can’t absolutely guarantee that I can help you. I can’t make any grand promises as to whether you’ll improve or win some big race. I may not be the answer to all your woes. What I can promise you is I’ll do the best that I can.

I’m not hedging my bets or lacking confidence in myself. I know more than a thing or two about coaching runners, but even so, I’ve failed many times. Sometimes with really talented runners. Human beings are complex. We all have our own deviations in physiology and psychology that throw spanners into even the best-laid plans!

However, what I can say with certainty is that every runner will benefit from having a coach. I’m passionate about coaching and it’s been my only job for a very long time now. Coaching is about guiding athletes in their development athletically and as human beings. Coaching is a giving process, and that means sharing a lifetime’s knowledge and experience of distance running. So if you don’t want to follow blindly a generic training program out of a book or generated by a computer, and would prefer something created just for you, then read on!


The Cost Of Getting Faster!

I charge £100 per month (with a minimum three month commitment). The coaching service I provide is as in-depth and comprehensive as I am able to make it. For your £100 per month you will receive a personalised training program to suit your age, experience, motivations, limitations, and work and family commitments. You will also receive full email and phone support. I will be available by text, phone or email on an unlimited basis to answer your questions, deal with any unforeseen circumstances, and provide whatever help you might need.

I will do my best to take the uncertainty out of deciding when, where and how to train. Your program will specify the precise training durations and intensities for each workout to take the guess-work out of training and ensure that some sessions are challenging, while others permit recovery. Your program will also be flexible and adaptable. Personal coaching is a two-way street – it is a partnership, not a dictatorship! You’ll provide me with feedback daily through a simple online training log. In turn, your feedback will allow me to make adaptations to your program as you progress through each training cycle.

Finally, I think globally. To reach your full athletic potential, the training program is just one piece of the puzzle. I place equal emphasis on integrating strength and conditioning, good nutrition, and finding the right balance between stress and recovery in order to optimise health. I also advise on other essential elements of performance, including injury resolution, fuelling for racing, training at altitude, and training in the heat. I will leave no stone unturned to give you all the support that you need.