This month I begin a series of posts about my fabulous clients and the amazing things they have achieved. And the amazing things they are planning to achieve!
From serial marathon running to overcoming injury my clients are a tough bunch! I am delighted and very proud to be working with them and helping them achieve their fitness goals.
Superstar Client Robin and the Marathon des Sables
Robin is in his fifties and loves to set himself a difficult challenge! He has run a number of marathons, half marathons and 2-day mountain marathons and thoroughly enjoys the marathon-running experience.
But this year Robin has set himself a Monster Challenge!
Robin is hoping to complete the world famous Marathon des Sables – a 6-day 251 kilometre (156 miles) race across the Sahara desert. That’s equivalent to 6 marathons!
This race is also known as The Toughest Footrace on Earth.
Why the Passion for Off-Road Running?
Robin became bored with road-running, and turned to orienteering as an alternative, over 20 years ago. He enjoys the mental challenge of navigating, believes that he has suffered fewer injuries as a result of running off-road and he loves the off-road, outdoor running experience.
“There’s nothing quite like running over the South Downs on a sunny day.”
Robin enjoys 2-day mountain marathons – he generally does 2 a year – and ultra-marathons. But the Marathon des Sables will be the ultimate ultra-marathon experience!
Robin approaches his running in a very structured a way setting himself targets, for example:
- Top 100 in his age-group
- Top 1000 in the country
- Up and down Snowdon in under 2 hours
He also plans ahead carefully. And sticks to the plan!
As Robin’s Personal Trainer, I help him in a number of ways including:
- Pushing him to do the things he wouldn’t do by himself, like super planks!
- Giving him a structure around his running schedule
- Listening to his running experiences, good and bad, and helping him to learn from them and stay positive
With his many years of hard running experience here are Robin’s Top Tips:
Robin’s Top Tips for Runners
- Make sure you have the right running shoes. Get a gait analysis done in a reputable running shop. I injured my tibia through wearing the wrong shoes
- Don’t stress about missing the odd training session
- Have a cooked breakfast before a big race to keep you going
- Listen to your body and don’t over-train
- Above all – Enjoy your running! Ditch the headphones and enjoy the outdoors!
Running the Marathon des Sables Robin will be alongside many other serious runners including “Daniel the Dune Runner,” a double amputee who lost his legs while serving in the RAF in Afghanistan in 2009. Daniel is running the Marathon des Sables for the second time having failed in his first attempt due to chafing of his prosthetic legs. This year he has new Italian-designed “Jedi legs” which he believes will see him through.
Final Preparations for the Toughest Race on Earth!
Robin’s final stage training for the Marathon des Sables includes:
- Running in a Heat Chamber at the University of Chichester,
- Hot Yoga (!)
- Lots of strength training
The Marathon des Sables starts on April 9th. Good luck Robin!