At Mountain Run, we know that training can be a fickle thing. It's hard to always know if you are doing the right workouts, balancing your volume and intensity correctly, not to mention how to fit it all into your daily life whilst staying healthy and motivated. It's a minefield, but like most things in life, if you want to do something well it is often a good idea to seek the advice of a professional.
Last week we spoke with running coach, international mountain leader, freelance guide and friend of Mountain Run, Sam Hill. His recently set up coaching business Hill Performance could be just what you need to take your running up a level and learn more about the art of training.
Here's what he had to say:
"A few years ago it seemed like a bit of an 'elite' thing to have a coach. The assumption was that you need to be a top-level runner to justify being coached, but that assumption is definitely starting to change. I think that anyone can get something out of coaching and personally it was the biggest thing that helped my running improve. It provided me with proper structure, clarity, motivation and was an extraordinary learning experience. For me, it was the difference between just 'getting round' my winter Bob Graham and feeling like I had actually excelled (thanks Kim!).
I have been guiding people in the mountains for all of my working life. More recently, over the past 5 years, I have been leading training camps and doing one-to-one coaching mainly based in the European Alps. It has been a natural progression and logical step formally launch Hill Performance. My extensive work in personal development, my knowledge of mountain running and my qualification as both coach, nutritionist and mountain leader give me the tools to be able to help runners develop in a safe, structured and engaging way. "
You can find out more about Sam here: www.hillperformance.co.uk
He is always keen to chat about running and offers a free consultation if you are curious about what his coaching can offer you.
Now is the time to start thinking about your big summer running goals. Whether it is a Bob Graham Round, the Lakes Sky Ultra, the UTMB or the Trans-Alpine, you will be in safe hand with Sam - give him a call!
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