Tuesday 13th March saw the much anticipated first training session with EA Level 4 Endurance Coach Chris Hollinshead. Chris has over 20 years experience coaching athletes of all levels, and still competes at a high level.
Chris emphasized the importance of a good warm up and took us for a 20 minute warm up session, designed to mobilise all muscle groups and tendons that would be used for the session, increasing effort levels so we were ready to run at pace.
We then split into four groups. led by the run leaders (Andy Sloan, Dave Mullaney, Glen Johnson and Celia McRoyall):
Group A: 6-7min mile group
4 sets of running at 5k pace for 4 minutes followed by 30 seconds recovery before increasing the tempo to 1500m pace for 60 seconds. Active recovery of 2.5 minutes between sets. The idea being to get the athletes body used to running at a higher speed.
Group B: 8-9 min group
3 sets of running at 5k pace for 3 minutes followed by 2.5 minutes active recovery; 2 minutes at 3k pace followed by 1.5 minutes active recovery; 1 minute at 1500m pace. 3.5 minutes recovery between sets. Again the idea here is to get your body used to running at higher speed.
Group C: 9-10 min mile group
5 sets of 3 minutes at 5k/10k pace. Run out for 1.1/2 minutes before turning around and running back. The aim is to run back faster than when they went out. 3 minutes active recovery between sets. Once again aiming to increase the speed you can maintain over these distances.
Group D: 10-11 min mile group
5 sets of 2 minutes at 5k/10k pace. Run out for 1 minute before turning around and running back. The aim is to run back faster than when they went out. 3 minutes active recovery between sets
Chris also gave plenty of advice relating to training for distance events such as either concentrating on increasing distance or intensity and that you cannot achieve both. If you are training specifically for marathon distance then don't expect to be able to increase your speed at the smaller distances (5k/10k etc). He also stressed not increasing workload above 10%, and building up in phases with recovery phases built in.
Chris is a member of our Facebook Group and welcomes any questions you may have about the training or running in general.
The next session is on the 27th March (meet at Magnets for a 6.45pm start)