Who are you, what is your main goal and why did you decide to have a coach?
I am a mum of three who strives to see if I can be the best I can be at this running game. I was stuck in a rut without a clear plan and felt like I needed some guidance to achieve my goals so decided to contact a coach
What do you value about the coaching that you that you didn’t have before - and how is it going so far?
I value being accountable to Ali for my training and the variety of sessions he plans for me. I also value his responsiveness to my training and how I am feeling post-sessions. It’s going really well so far, I feel so much stronger and my form has improved too
What was the most difficult thing to get used to when you started the coaching process - and how do you feel about it now?
I have really enjoyed being coached so far, at first, I found fitting in all the sessions tricky but have worked around that now and find that I work my time more efficiently to fit them in
How does the coaching fit in with your lifestyle – and do you have a lot to balance in your life?
The coaching fits in well with my lifestyle now, I work the sessions around my work and children’s commitments. Ali is flexible and changes the sessions to fit in if I need to jiggle things around
What are the main things you have learnt in you time as a coached athlete with Ali?
One of the main things I have learnt is to run ‘easy’ and the benefits that this offers in the long term. I have also been introduced to the benefits of cross training with the turbo trainer and have even started to really enjoy these sessions!
Do you feel like you have developed as an athlete since starting the coaching process, if so, how?
I have definitely developed as an athlete and the way I approach my training; I am far more disciplined and now keep my main goals at the forefront of my mind
Why did you choose Ali to be your coach and what do you think about him?
Ali was recommended to me by a few local runners. I like his straight forward, honest and dedicated approach. I am looking forward to starting my marathon training with him in January