Staying true to the plan.
|Easing back into Summer training.|
With 2016 closing off, my thoughts looking towards 2017 revolve specifically around the plans that I have been mapping out over the last 2 months as both a runner and coach. Why some might ask?
* Plans require goals, goals require effort and effort requires programming. An effective plan will periodise the effort, load and training optimally to ensure those goals are met.
|Parkrun with my kids has been great for enjoying running.|
* I develop my programs around the individual athlete and making sure each runner is at a low risk of injury and likely to succeed in their goals. Carefully programming based on ability, lifestyle and runner goals is vital in ensuring these two things happen.
|Parkrun tourist at Stockton|
* Making sure running is fun and motivating as well as challenging and rewarding will keep both my athletes and I running happily. Rather than setting a program generic to most I try to make things crafted to each individual and their situation. This keeps things interesting for me as a coach and allows on-going adaptation to occur within the runner.
|First tri of my adult life was an experience.|
I have had a solid year of developing my base as both a runner and coach. I have learnt many things and I have also reinforced the things that I believe in as well. My individual performances were not at the level I have achieved in the past but with a plan now in place I certainly will be leaving nothing uncovered in the desire to get back to that level consistently. My coaching was definitely a real positive across the year, with no DNF’s, several UTA buckles, podiums, places and course records achieved across my athletes. They all had a plan and to their credit they believed in that plan and achieved their goals.
- Kel Gibson
- Bathurst Parkrun
- Stockton Parkrun