Little Runner Gal

Running, eating, sleeping and all the bits in between

My New Journey

Like many runners out there I’ve often wondered where it’s all going. I love running and everything that goes with it. I’m not going to be an Olympian, so how can I make an impact with it all?

Well this blog started off for that reason. To help me, to help others, to support, inspire, ask questions and maybe find answers. With my Twitter presence and work on the UKRunChat team I have a great time interacting with other runners daily.

The next logical step was to be able to do this face to face with others.

In March I went on the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course, a great day taking a group of us through leading a group or club of runners through a training session. This included goal setting, warm ups, different session types, overcoming barriers, injuries, stretching, fitness and support. A really inspirational course, I was desperate to put it in to practice.

6 months and 2 more marathons later, I received a call from our club coach asking me if I fancied joining the coaching team. I didn’t even need to think about it, it was an honour to be asked. I love the club sessions and wanted to be able to give something back to a group that do so much for so many.

So, my first session came around and I was terrified! Leading a group of 40+ through a warm up, 400m sprints session and trying to keep their attention, collectively, in a busy housing estate, was a challenge! But after it was done I loved it. I learnt a lot, straight away, about what went well and what went not so well.

We decided to take the next session by splitting the group, as barking instructions at more than 40 people up and down the inhabited, quiet roads we work on was getting more and more difficult as the group got bigger. So hills with half the group was less daunting and easier to manage. I enjoyed it a lot more.

My next session was a fartlek style run within a 5 mile loop, so burst of 30 second sprints and 60 seconds recovery, all the way round. Luckily I’d thought ahead on this one and got the faster runners to loop back to me, as a back runner, so that I could keep the group together. That was pretty challenging but everyone loved it.

Last night we did 100, 200, 300 and 400m sprints and for the first time I was really looking forward to it. Everyone had a great session and worked really hard, and for the first time the love for it properly outweighed the fear.

Seeing everyone work hard, progress and enjoy it is massively rewarding, I can see why so many people do it.

Getting my head around what works and what I can play around with is part of the learning process, and I’m loving it. I welcome any session ideas you have, it would be great to hear what others enjoy.

Oh, and I bought a whistle!

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I’ll keep you up to date on how it’s going.

LRG x

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Review: Kalenji Elioplay 3 in 1 Jacket

It’s that tricky time of year when you don’t know whether it’ll be cold or warm, wet or dry, and it’s mostly dark!

I run on my own, with the club, with friends and at parkrun, so I’m always considering safety, comfort, keeping warm or cool, and I like to stand out.

This jacket is 3 in 1 as it’s a full jacket, gilet (when you remove the magnetically attached arms and hood) and just the arms and hood section.

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Look

This jacket certainly stands out. The colours are bright, the reflective areas are well placed and the design is eye catching. I particularly like the different coloured sections and the wrap around look of the design. The reflection on the back and pockets is good, it would be great if there were more strips. I’m big on safety in the dark.

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Feel

At first the magnetic arms felt strange to get used to, but only because I expected them to fling off…but they didn’t!! The jacket is a good fit. There’s nothing special about the cut of the body, but it has my favourite thumb holes on the sleeves.

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Wearing the parts individually, the gilet is fantastic. It’s great to wear to keep me seen, and my body waterproof, while the weather is still warm. I’ve not had any reason to just wear the arms and hood yet. I’m not sure if I will. I’d probably wear the whole jacket if I wanted the arms.

Use

I’ve been out loads in this jacket in the last few weeks. On the dark drizzly mornings I wear the full jacket and it’s great for keeping me dry and seen. I’ve been out in the evenings with the club and worn the gilet with a t shirt underneath, more for visibility and use of the pockets.

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Out on the trails I’ve been wearing the full jacket out and then removing the sleeves when I get too warm. My only criticism is that there’s nowhere to put the sleeves when you’re out and about. It would be great to be able to chuck them in a pocket. I’ve had to tie them round my waist.

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All in all a fantastically versatile jacket. For £44.99 you’ve got a light, bright, reflective, waterproof, jacket & gilet in one. With pockets and hood. And it looks good.

You can find it here on the Decathlon website.

Let Santa know you need it!

LRG x

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