I often talk to people about their running goals, plans and running programs. The comments I hear most, are people just don't know how to get started or lack confidence. Thinking they will never be good at running.
I believe everyone is a runner, some of us just need a little help in starting the journey, to take that first step. Does the following sound familiar?
Are you feeling nervous and unsure how to train for that bucket list race, you and a friend signed up for?
Your last event went well, and you know you can do better next time. You're not sure how to approach your training to improve?
Your last event did not go to plan, and you're not sure why. Do you still want to do better next time?
You have big goals and don't know where, or how to start?
I am here to answer all these questions and transform your running to the next level. With plans for 5k to Ultras and anything in between. Road running, Trail running, and ultra-marathons.
What can you expect when you work with Journey2Ultra?
I begin by getting to know you as a person. Then your running experience, goals, and background. This helps us tailor our coaching approach to your own needs, lifestyle and goal setting. I know we all have busy lives, you have family and work commitments, and I take all these into account.
Say goodbye to generic running training programs. I build customised training plans that I personalise to you. Updated weekly and designed to fit your goals, running ability, and lifestyle.
Using the Training Peaks online app, with your training all in one place and accessible anywhere. Using the mobile app, synching and viewing your data has never been easier.
Regular feedback is essential to your progress. You can reach out with questions and concerns anytime. I'll be there to provide guidance and support throughout the week. It's OK to not know.
With modern technology, it's easy to stay in touch with you, as part of the online coaching process. Head over to my testimonials page to see what the athletes I coach have said.
I'm not an app so we can talk as much as you want.
It's easy to lose motivation when you're solely accountable to yourself. We hold you accountable and provide the necessary encouragement to keep you going. I am here to support you every step of the way.
As an Athletics Australia certified running coach, I use software to analyse your key sessions' data. This allows us to provide detailed feedback. Helping you track progress, make informed adjustments and keep you injury-free.
Whether you're a regular runner or a beginner, I will help you achieve new levels of performance. I will introduce methods and assist in setting realistic running goals. Read how one of my clients improved significantly recently.
I am an accredited Level 3 Performance Development Coach with Athletics Australia and Australian Ultra Runners Association Endorsed Coach.
I am fortunate enough to coach runners across all distances and running events, whether looking for a 5km parkrun PB, half or full marathon or up to ultra-marathon.
Whilst the training programs will be different across all these events, my coaching philosophy is the same and built around trust and communication. You can read more about me, my running background and experience here.
How many days a week do I need to train?
This is entirely dependent on your lifestyle. Some people can run 6 or 7 days a week, some people can only commit to as little as 2 or 3.
Will the plan be written specifically for me?
Absolutely! Your plan is written each week and is based on your current level, progress, goal races, lifestyle and availability. A training plan also needs to take into account your external stress, like work and family commitments for example. Everyone is unique and your plan should be too.
Do you do I need to do face-to-face coaching?
The majority of my coaching is conducted online. With plans available on your mobile through an app and synchronised to your sports watch as structured workouts. All the data is then automatically updated and visible to me for analysis.
How often can I communicate with you?
Very simply as much as you like. To get the best out of your running, we need a relationship built on trust. This is developed through ongoing regular communication.
At a minimum, we will check in once a week for a review of the data from that week's sessions, and advice for the coming week. Before race day, we will have a check-in to talk about tactics and approaches.
You mentioned testing, which sounds complicated and above what I might need.
Testing is very simple, a 3 and 10-minute run. With this data and some clever science, we can accurately predict certain pace times and better tailor your training to your ability. Testing is also a great way to track your running progress.
What else is covered?
To get the best out of your training and racing my coaching also covers areas such as general nutrition, gear (think mandatory gear lists), mental training, data analysis and feedback. For each event, we will always do a brief to develop a plan before the race (pacing, nutrition, mental tactics, problem-solving during) and a debrief after to complete lessons learnt.
How can I train for an event up to ultra-marathon distance?
I have a comprehensive blog with a large number of articles available for reading "How Do I Train for a Running Race or Event?"