Full Potential Running Camp
On Monday I was dropped off at Wellington College (Berkshire) for the Full Potential Running Camp, something I had been looking forward to for quite a while. Having gained a scholarship back in the Easter holidays, I was expecting to be back fully training by the time of the camp…however as you all know I am still yet to do that! Despite this, I had a lovely time meeting new people and there were always other options available for me. I apologise for the lack of pictures though: I decided to take a break form my instagram account during the week.
A typical day started with a run/ walk/ hip mobility (your choice), followed by a buffet breakfast and a couple of lessons. Before going I have to admit I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the seminars, but they were actually really interesting and everyone learned a lot about training (see below!). At around 11am we were back out on the fields working on SAQ, drills or strengthening before lunch at midday. I learned so many methods of injury prevention and improvement in these sessions which I’m definitely going to implement in my training week now that I’m home. After our meal, we listened to another 2 seminars before heading out for a session (I was allowed to do mine on the watt bike at the gym!), and a swim in the freezing lido followed dinner and team games. The food was amazing and the ground were incredible. I honestly couldn’t believe how big the school is!
Things I learned…
I took in so much information at the camp, but I thought I would just highlight the points that stood out the most.
Firstly, from talking to different athletes I gathered that my previous training week was much longer and harder than their’s. Hardly any other of the girls I talked to seemed to run as far or hard…something I didn’t necessarily think was a bad thing. However during the week we experienced a seminar on training schedules and learned that most of the elites will do no more than 3 sessions a week. We were strongly advised not to do back to back sessions.
After talking alone to one of the coaches, we concluded that a week consisting of 4 hard sessions and 1 longer run could possibly have been one of the causes of my injury, especially because only one out of the five runs would be on the grass…I was running so well on this schedule, but looking back it was definitely too much as a younger athlete. It has taken a couple of days for me to readjust to the idea that less is sometimes more, so I just want to share with you guys so that you don’t end up in the same situation as me!
This next point isn’t directly from any of the lessons, but I still think it’s worth mentioning. Whilst watching the athletes train I realised that a large majority of the faster runners are also either triathletes or swimmers. This cemented my decision to join the school swim club in September, and has definitely boosted my confidence in cutting down the miles in return for other methods of cross training when I return to fitness. My current injury has taught me a lot, because had I been running as well as I was I don’t think I would have considered making any changes for one second.
My final point revolves around the 3 energy systems and how to train them, We were taught about how the alactic, lactate and aerobic systems contribute to performance, and also how to conduct a threshold run at the top end of your aerobic system, trying not to dip into the lactate zone. Instead of me explaining everything, here’s a link to a Runners Connect which broadly explains the three systems.
Overall I really did enjoy the camp, and am looking to go back next year should the dates fit in with the rest of my summer. I was also really pleased to win one of the spot prizes on the final day as well as meeting so many dedicated athletes. The only negatives for me were the fact that I couldn’t join in the sessions (obviously!), and also that the dorms were quite spider-y. But if I do return next year I can just take my spider deterrent spray so that will be fine!…
World Champs London 2017
As soon as camp finished on Friday, my family and I were forced to brave the M25 traffic as we headed to the Olympic Stadium for the World Championships. I’ve never attended a sporting event before, and as you would probably expect this exceeded my expectations. On entrance we used the ‘mum-is-heavily-pregnant’ card to skip the queues and find our seats just opposite the pole vault by the 200m mark. Although the final straight was a little while away, we were still really close to the action so it didn’t really matter.
Given the choice, I would definitely have chosen this night because the line up of event s featured so many of my favourite athletes. We saw GB’s Laura Muir, Laura Weightman, Sarah McDonald, and Jess Judd qualify for the 1500m semi final, but it was also really cool to see some athletes who I follow on social media compete- for example Jenny Simpson. And then of course we saw round 1 of the men’s 100m, and Mo Farah in his final 10km track race. The latter was an experience I will never forget. The whole 26 minutes was amazing witness with the best moment being on the last two laps when the crowd were on their feet and going absolutely crazy.
That conclude’s today’s blog. I apologise for my descriptions of camp being as detailed as they could have been but if you want to learn more about the camp you can always head over to their website Full Potential
Happy Sunday 🙂