I ran both track and field for my school in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I was selected to train for the USSR Athletics Olympic Team at the age of 11. For over 4 years I have been coached by an amazing team of athletics coaches. It was a lifetime opportunity for something bigger to come.
Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the USSR my Russian born parents were forced to relocate to Russia. My Olympic dream was over however I continued to run for fitness by applying the knowledge I’d built from the past training.
Love for the mountains got me involved with rock climbing and alpinism. In 2012 I was going to climb an unclimbed peak in Pakistan, but I had a terrible accident, AC joint separation. A “Helpful” doctor told me I was not going to be able to climb due to unfixable injury. However, years later after complaining over and over again my shoulder was fixed! But not my High Altitude Climbing Dreams.
In 2017 I decided not just to run for fitness but to compete. I completed a few trail and road races in Norfolk. As I was getting more competitive, I realised that I missed being in the mountains. My Alpinist routes were calling. I relocated to Cumbria! In the summer of 2018, I joined Keswick Athletics Club. I wanted to be “that” super strong girl. I wanted to chase the clouds on the fells, I wanted to reach the summits in no time! I wanted to be part of a strong girls’ team. I thought it would take me years and years to run well on those fells. However, the correct training, nutrition and strength workouts led me to run on the fells pretty quickly. In May 2019 I had completed my first fell race. To my surprise I came 16th! I though wow. That was so much fun! I got a lot of buzz from that race, I was very careful and selective with my racing. As an athlete you must watch out for how much racing your body can cope with. Lot’s of athletes suffer with burn outs. It is very easy to put yourself in a deep hole and it can be very difficult to get out of. In the past few years unfortunately, I have seen so many bad examples of incorrect training. Those include too much miles too soon, miles without sufficient breaks, bad eating habits, incorrect strength workouts etc. I have decided that I would love to help people to teach runners how to train better and smarter. I wanted to share my knowledge and years of experience. I have qualified as a UK Athletics Fell Running Coach and together with my experience from “Olympic” training I become one very happy competitive athlete and running coach.
It’s very hard to get it right. Unfortunately, there isn’t one answer. Each individual runner is unique. Training principals are the same but how you apply these principals together are different.
So how is my running going? It’s going well. This years plan was to be in the top 10 of each race I run. I am on the right truck! I had a few niggles here and there, you can’t really avoid these if you are a competitive runner. If you want to compete, learn your weaknesses, tackle them with specific run training, strength workouts, yoga and most important rest when you need to.
If you are planning to get yourself a coach, there is few things to know and think about.
1. If you are suffering with an a injury coach isn’t the person who can help you. You must see a physio or a qualified massage therapist to identify the problem and fix it. Once it’s fixed, a coach will be able to guide you through the training and help you to avoid further injuries.
2. You need to be 100% committed. If you aren’t, save your money and a spot for someone who is ready to train.
3. We always say 3 months minimum commitment for the bespoke coaching. However, the longer you are with the coach the better you will perform. We aim to build long term relationships with our athlete to help them perform season on season, this takes time.
Coaching is for everyone. Have you ever though “I want to be that athlete”? Well yes you can. With the correct training and commitment, you can be that person making progress and improving your race and personal performances. If it’s your dream get in touch.