September 4, 2015 at 5:21
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Marathon coaching helped me beat my PB by over 13 minutes
Personal coaching with someone who is not only a running coach but who has been there, done the training and knows what’s its like to be injured is essential .
I’ve paid for lots of personal training in the past, and no one had the specific understanding of what’s involved in marathon training like Rachael did. The exercises that were set not only focused on what I needed to run a marathon strongly (and beyond – I’ve done an ultra since), but on pinpointing my individual weaknesses so that I could work on improving them.
My stability and core strength are now really strong which has made me a better marathon runner, as well as helping to improve and my endurance and ability to cope with hills and off-road terrain.
Also, having someone as a mentor who I could ask for advice really helped me to pick up tips that were real breakthroughs, such as nutrition advice. I’d often felt sick towards the middle and end of long runs and discovered I didn’t need to take on as many gels as so much running advice made me believe. I also focused on eating more protein and less carb loading.