Our Runner’s MOT is a 90-minute head-to-toe Running Analysis session with a We Run Coach. Having been gifted an MOT for his 60th, We Run client Simon shares his experience of the session.
So Simon, What’s Your Running Background?
I started running January 2016 (aged 58), having never run in my life before. I thought of it as a way to get fitter and lose some weight – both of which it has achieved (I’ve lost 3 stone and got a lot fitter). I really enjoy it; I now get a bit paranoid if I don’t run every other day! I enjoy 10ks and I’ve done a couple of half marathons.
It was my 60th birthday in May, and one of the presents I was given was a Runner’s MOT with We Run. It came at the right time because the plan was to use the session to give me the impetus and skills to run a marathon.
My training was going ok beforehand, I had done my 10ks and half marathons, and got through them. I’m not particularly quick, and I know I never will be. I was very aware that I was what I call a ‘shuffler’ of a runner. So I got through those events, but there was a way of improving, which is what Coach Rob taught me in my Runner’s MOT session.
I was very excited to speak to a professional Running Coach who could tell me what to do to help improve my running technique and skills.
“Coach Rob spent time analysing my running technique, and identified areas that I could work on to improve my running.”
Tell Us About Your Runner’s MOT
The session was very interesting. Coach Rob was very helpful, very personable. We met up and ran together for a short while, then we stopped and had a discussion. He talked about exercises and stretching – I told him what I felt were my faults (being a shuffler!).
Coach Rob then spent time analysing my running technique. For the most part he said I was fine, but he identified areas that I could work on to improve my running. For me this included looking at my posture and how my foot was landing. He also gave me pointers about including hill running and other exercises I should do to build up the strength and stamina to allow me to run the marathon.
He left me with a lot of things to think about, but he didn’t leave me depressed! He was kind enough to point out things I could work on to improve; it didn’t feel daunting.
Simon with his Chester Metric Marathon Medal
“The session left me with a lot of things to think about, but it didn’t leave me depressed! Coach Rob was kind enough to point out things I could work on to improve; it didn’t feel daunting.”
Did Coach Identify Things You Were Already Aware Of Or Was It All New Information?
A bit of both – as I say I knew I was a bit of a shuffler; my posture has always been a bit droopy – my head and shoulders dropped. Coach Rob explained that it would be much better if I could look ahead, and he used the example of imagining my head had an invisible cord coming out of it, keeping me upright. He explained this would be better for my breathing and that staying upright is a much better way to run. We also did some work on how my foot was landing when I was running – my foot strike. He also taught me about how to vary my runs during a training week – including a faster run, some hill runs, a longer distance run – how to build up towards the marathon. I suppose he did his initial assessment and tailored the session to my needs and my level.
I went into it with a very open mind. It was very nice to go in and admit I had no idea if I was running correctly and to have Coach Rob assess me and tell me what I’m doing right and how I can improve.
“It was very nice to go in and admit I had no idea if I was running correctly and to have Coach Rob assess me and tell me what I’m doing right and how I can improve.“
Have You Found The Written Report Useful?
The written report was really useful – there’s a lot of information in the session so it’s really useful to have the report so you don’t forget everything! I’ve been referring back to it – it’s been a very useful document to have as a reminder. Otherwise I think very quickly one would revert back to bad habits. Having the report to refer back to means you more likely to continue to implement it over a longer period.
I’ve endeavoured to implement a lot of the key recommendations Coach Rob made in the session, and occasionally I’ll sit down and read the report again to refresh my memory. It is a useful as a reference point as I continue my running.
Has Your Runner’s MOT Helped Improve Your Running?
I feel like I know what to do now. I very quickly recognise when I’m not running properly with the right technique. There’s a little voice saying “You’re looking down”, or “You’ve dropped your shoulders” or “Your feet aren’t landing correctly – get back to doing it properly!”. So it has been very helpful.
“I’ve been referring back to my written report – it’s been a very useful document to have as a reminder. Otherwise I think very quickly one would revert back to bad habits. Having the report to refer back to means you more likely to continue to implement it over a longer period.”
Our 90-minute Runner’s MOT session is a head-to-toe running technique analysis and tailored advice on how to improve. All summarised in a personalised written report. Suitable for recreational runners of all ability levels.