Learn to Run, Love to Run, Run with Karen



Richmond Park

Jen Young - My First 10km


A year ago I could not run at all and grumbled a lot about a few steps on
the treadmill. I now run 3 times a week in the beautiful London Royal
parks, can run 10km in under an hour, have a Personal Best, talk about 9.5
minute miles and own a fine collection of running wear. I owe this
transformation to Karen. Her focus, professionalism, and expertise inspired
the discipline and mental application in me to reach a level of fitness and
competence that means running has become a natural activity in my life.

Karen's depth of experience meant she didn't just get me running, she taught
me to be a strong, responsible and happy runner, maximising the rewards for
the effort I put in. She guided me through a gently staged running
schedule alongside a programme of whole body strength training and
supplemented with academic sessions on anatomy, physiology and nutrition,
essential warm up and stretching routines, efficient running techniques,
minimising and managing injury and clothes, trainers and equipment that make
running easier. She took the time to understand the sort of person I am,
where my mental blocks were going to be and delivered it at a pace to suit
my personality, ambition and capability.

This summer I embark on my next phase - building up to a half marathon and
increasing pace. I look forward to Karen's monthly Richmond Park runs and
weekly Track Nights to boost and manage my progress.

Update: Jen did build up to a half marathon and in 2012 Jen ran her first marathon, completing the Virgin London Marathon in under 5 and a half hours. A great achievement!