In 2016 I took up running after a challenge from a friend to run the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas having absolutely no running experience other than reluctantly doing cross country (which always seemed to be in the cold) at school 26 years previously.
Being moderately fit I decided I didn’t need any specific training since I could already just about do a 10k run and needless to say it was a disaster. I managed to achieve all of the rookie mistakes – set off too fast, pacing was appalling, stamina clearly lacking, didn’t fuel properly and properly hit the wall after 9 miles.
Fortunately I didn’t give up, instead choosing to put the effort in and train properly for the next one using a training plan that Jo created for me which was excellent. She was extremely helpful throughout my training, encouraging and supporting me to improve and building the plan into the weekly club running sessions and parkruns.
As a result I achieved a PB Half Marathon of 1 hour 50 and have the confidence to keep training and entering more races!
So – Thank You Jo for everything you’ve done to help me get into running (which I never thought I’d do) and helping me reach my goals – long may it continue!
If anyone else thinks they can’t do it – take it from me – YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN with Jo’s help!