Helen is a former Olympic athlete - in 2008 she was sixth in the 3000 metres steeplechase, and she was the indoor European 3000m gold medalist in 2011. Jacqui represented England at 1500m.
Helen and Jacqui showed that there is more to running than putting one foot in front of the other, and getting out of breath! They demonstrated some dynamic stretching which should be done before a training session or a race, and then the group practised running drills which aim to improve running technique and efficiency. Jacqui also showed some flexibility exercises which can be used as static stretches during a warm down. The morning ended with a question and answer session. Some tips from Helen and Jacqui are
- Some strength and conditioning sessions in the gym can improve running and help avoid injury.
- Before a morning race, Helen has porridge and possibly an egg about two hours before the start of a race.
- As you get fatigued at the end of a race or hard training session, try to flip from negative thoughts (this is too hard, I'll slow down), to positive thoughts (think about your running
- Helen had a longer than average career at the top level, with relatively few injuries and she thinks that running drills, strength and conditioning were very important in achieving this.
All in all, the session was a great Saturday morning out!