‘We’ve approached the training for this run in two completely different ways’ Fisiocrem is talking today to Claire and her daughter Lily who are in the last stages of planning for the run.
Claire: slowly building up
For Claire it’s a matter of building muscle ‘miles’ and confidence — before setting off for the run on the 15th April I have to have run the full distance quite a few times during February and March, so I know that I’m definitely going to get around, and what sort of pace I need to be running at’.
By slowly building up the miles each week, Claire began running regularly in October after a break in the summer, you build stamina, and, by gently increasing distances, avoid injury. The only downside with this plan is the boredom! ‘You really rely on an interesting play list as you jog along because the time goes by very slowly!’
How can Fisiocrem help?
‘Fisiocrem also helps me avoid painful knees which are a bit of a running hazard at my age, I just massage my knees prior to each run and afterwards do loads of stretching, use an IT foam roller to relax and stretch the IT ligaments, and then massage again with Fisiocrem. This year, by following this routine I’ve had no knee pain at all’
Lily: a combination of activity
Lily has taken a very different approach to her training by not doing any distance work at all! However, her levels of fitness are very high. Aged just 18 and her school Sports Captain, Lily plays sport every day and the combination of activity – from trampolining to long jump, netball to dodge ball ensures that every muscle group gets a work out on a regular basis. Lily also plays football for Burton Albion, trains twice weekly and has a game every Sunday (it’s not uncommon in football for a player to average seven miles or 11.2km per game) so in terms of distance she’s well ahead of mum.
Lily’s rather gung-ho approach though, does cause regular injuries, aches and sprains, with Sunday evenings often spent hugging ice packs to bruised shins. Fisiocrem still helps Lily’s much younger, stronger limbs, soothing tightness in calves and knees and easing bruising. She also appreciates the fact that it’s a natural product, as she has sensitive skin and prefers to avoid chemicals.
So, with two weeks to go, it will be interesting to see how the two different approaches affect each runner’s performance at the event.
For more information about following a couch to 10k plan see Central Health Derby’s week by week guide here http://bit.ly/2GhjtdK