“I love it when people realise that they don’t have to make massive changes to their running to see improvement. It’s so rewarding!”
MEET COACH RACHEL
How did you get into running?
“I’ve always run a bit, but it was volunteering at the London Marathon that convinced me to take it up seriously. Handing out water all day was such hard work that I figured running it must be easier, so I started training and the rest is history; I was hooked.”
What’s your coaching history?
“I’ve coached all sorts of people, from complete beginners wanting to run their first 5K to more experienced runners looking for long-distance PBs. I’ve worked with people training for road events and runners who prefer to be off-road. As well as coaching on a 1:1 level, I’m a coach for my running club too.”
What makes you most proud as a Coach?
“Empowering people to take ownership of their training is really important to me. Every time I’m out for a run myself and I bump into one of my clients putting into practice something I have worked on with them, I feel so very proud.”
Coach Rachel coaches runners of all ability levels, and is available across Lincoln and the surrounding areas.
What do runners commonly neglect?
“I see so many runners who overlook warming up (I know because I used to be one of them!) They are so keen to get in the miles that they miss the opportunity to prepare their bodies properly before they begin. A good warm-up helps you run more efficiently, faster, and for longer, there’s no doubt about it.”
What’s your favourite thing to eat after a run?
“If I could choose anything, it would have to be tomato soup and a cheese sandwich! It’s tasty, warm and filling and a bit salty too – perfect for refuelling after a long winter run. A piece of homemade chocolate flapjack afterwards always goes down well too!”