You Also Opted For Our Virtual Running Coaching Service – How Is That Working For You?
Coach Alexa puts the plan into Dropbox, normally a week to ten days in advance. I try to make sure I plan my week, and sometimes I’ll switch the sessions around as I travel a lot. Alexa adds regular comments, sometimes just a “Well Done” or sometimes it’s something I should think about, like picking up my feet or something similar. I also get email from Alexa making comments or adding a bit of perspective to the plan. It’s very easy to use, I input how the session went, the time and the distance, for Alexa to review.
What Do You Like Most About The Virtual Running Coaching?
The easiest thing is I don’t have to think about what I’m actually going to do! Alexa comes up with things that keep the variation and the interest going. I’ve always found it really difficult to vary my training and always end up doing the same thing again and again – having the plan written for me makes it a lot easier.
I recognised that as my training goes along, certain things are going to change, so I wanted someone to able to adjust the training to how things were going – that’s worked out well. For me, the commitment of knowing that someone’s keeping an eye on what I am and am not doing is good for discipline. If I was more disciplined it would be easier – but I’m not! It’s so easy to just go for an easy flat run, but having the plan forces me to do the right thing, which has made a big difference.
It’s worked really well, and I’ve enjoyed it and benefitted from it. I recently ran the Greifenseelauf Half Marathon in my fastest time for 4 and a half years and was pleased to get back under 2 hours. It’s a good example of how the training is helping me.
What’s Your Next Event?
I have a marathon in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in October. I feel fitter than I have been, but the next 5 to 6 weeks is going be absolutely crucial. Then I’m also running the London Marathon with my eldest son and wife in April. My son will be raising money for Parkinsons, and I’m raising money for Zurich Cares. That will be a special occasion!