How Did You Find The Sessions?
The sessions were really well planned. Coach Will sent me a program with all the specific goals that he wanted me to reach each week, and with homework runs for me to do, which was really useful.
I did develop some hip pain early on, so we went through some stretches and exercises and I had some sports massage as well, just to combat that. He tailored the sessions to work with my achy hip at that point. It was really good because all of this was helping to build my confidence.
At about session four or five, that was when all of a sudden this huge change took place.
Coach Will had been saying, “Remember, at first, one minute felt a struggle, then it was three minutes felt a struggle, and I promise you, you will be able to run for 20 or 30 minutes. And you will then look back and say, “What on earth was I worried about?””
And then all of a sudden, it happened. It was like a magic wand, and I did it. Nobody has been more surprised than me, I have to say. I’m surprised because I’ve never really been athletic. And I’m quite unfit. I’m the kind of person that when an activity gets painful, I stop. But having Coach Will with me and just gently encouraging me and not setting unrealistic goals, building it gradually, it really helped me.
How Quickly Did You Notice A Difference?
It turned out that after doing it little by little for those first few weeks, I suddenly made this massive jump, after week five or six, out of nowhere. All of sudden my homework runs got easier and my confidence really started to go through the roof. And I thought, “Yeah, I can do this!” I think the key to it was having him with me, just to build that confidence.
I realised “Okay, I shouldn’t expect to do this any quicker, it’s okay that I’m struggling a bit right now.” It helped me to develop my confidence. And to carry on with my homework runs and to push myself a bit harder with those.
Coach Will was the key to it, without him there’s no way that I would be running like I am now. No way.
Was There A Key Turning Point For You?
The moment I really realised how much progress I was making, I was on a homework run and I wondered if I could keep going. I tried it, kept going, felt good, and then I kept going some more, and then a bit more again. I couldn’t believe it, I got home and realised I’d just run for 25 minutes! My daughters were in disbelief, (“My God Mum, this is you!”) I text my oldest daughter at work, and said, “You need to stop working and listen to this.” And she was like, “My God!”
That was a real championship moment for me, hugely significant. And then I couldn’t actually wait to see Coach Will to tell him. He said, “There you go, I’ve been saying it all along!” It was hugely, hugely satisfying. Really, really good.
It’s one area of my life where I’ve not have a lot of confidence, so to suddenly think, “I really am smashing this.” was great. And now, I think the most I’ve run is for about 45 or 50 minutes. So I think I’ve run about eight kilometers, so really doing well and I feel so much better.