“I’ve been running for a few years, racing the odd 10k and 1/2 marathon. I had been trying to run longer distances but always got an Achilles, calf or hip injury as a result. Very frustrating.
Then I decided, on a whim, to enter an ultra-marathon. 53 miles up part of the West Highland Way. 5 months to prepare for it. I had 3 goals for my training: to get to the start-line uninjured; to get past 26 miles; to get to the finish (I really didn’t think that I’d get that far).
I then went to MP Health and they gave me a Strength and Conditioning program tailored to my weaknesses and to the demands of the event. There was a strong focus on core and upper body strength, as well as leg strength.
John shared his knowledge and first hand experience of endurance sports, from kit to hydration and fueling. He was a great help with the mental aspects of the race. using his experience as an NLP trainer.
So last week i ran my race, during the race I realised that many runners were carrying injuries that they’d sustained during training. Some were taking paracetamol. Many more required physio, taping and massage during the race. I spoke to lots of runners but only a small number of them went to a gym regularly. I got to the start-line uninjured even though I lost 2 months of training (December and January) when I contracted shingles. In fact, I got to the FINISH LINE UNINJURED!! (just some blistering on my feet).
Thanks John and Michelle. I wouldn’t have made it to the start-line, never mind finish line without your help.”