Who are you, what is your main goal and why did you decide to have a coach?
What do you value about the coaching that you that you didn’t have before - and how is it going so far?
The big element for me is the support, but also a clearer sense of perspective (aka good and bad training days are normal) with every session - Ali always has an eye on the bigger picture, whilst also recognising the progress in the here and now, which is really motivating. You never train alone
What was the most difficult thing to get used to when you started the coaching process - and how do you feel about it now?
Weirdly, getting used to reaching out to Ali - I’m used to training on my own when it comes to running, bit his (virtual) door is always open and he brings bags of motivation
How does the coaching fit in with your lifestyle – and do you have a lot to balance in your life?
Coaching ensures that I train smart - my job is demanding, with long hours, but my training is also key to keeping my mind clear. Ali adopts a ‘human’ approach that keeps me fully accountable, but equally recognises the ups and downs of life, not filling me with guilt on the days that my routine is thrown completely out of the window. Instead, he is there to relay it all to, adjusts my programme and reminds me that we are still tracking towards my goals
What are the main things you have learnt in you time as a coached athlete with Ali?
Many, many things, but top three (which was a tough shortlist to draft!) are :
Do you feel like you have developed as an athlete since starting the coaching process, if so, how?
Yes, hugely, I’m a lot stronger from the cross training, but overall it’s boosted my confidence, driven consistency and provided accountability. I have a plan, a top coach and my goals will be achieved!
Why did you choose Ali to be your coach and what do you think about him?
Honest, open and authentic coaching - anyone can be an ‘athlete’ in Ali’s eyes, but he is the guy to get you there!