This week’s thoughts from Rob…. It was a brilliant weekend this past weekend for TASH. First team in the Ripon Ultra, fourth ladies team in NY/SD xcountry league and Gary B taking the 0/60 age group national tittle on the fell. Add to this lots of different age group winners in the different events. I’m sure there are many more of you who want to join in. Please step forward and have a word with me ( and others) at training. We’ll soon have you fitted out with a club vest. The next NY/SD xcountry fixture is at Foxrush, Redcar on November 13th. There are no hills but lots of twists and turns, ins and outs. You need to be good on balance and change of speed. It can be difficult to overtake in places. 5 to 6k for women, 8 to 9k for men.
I have five pairs of Hoka Clifton 8 running shoes hung up in my garage. Different stages of wear and tear but initially they are all supposed to be the same. The colours are red, orange, salmon (I think) blue and yellow. The red ones I have never really liked but now wear to drive the car or do errands,. The orange I bought in Svalbard which have great sentimental value and are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I still wear them for pre race warm up from time to time. The salmon I wear for trail running if dry. The blue I use for road running and track intervals. I use the yellow for long intervals and time trials. Yellow is my least favourite colour yet I run 10 seconds a mile faster in these shoes than any of the others. Why?
I’ve spent this past two weeks renewing my coaching licence and seriously thinking I wanted it to be for the last time. I really don’t enjoy all the paper work because just like most of you, I just want to run. On Monday night I took a group on the track. 300 metre efforts/ 200 metre. Mostly all were new to the club, all did everything I advised and hopefully all of them took something away from the session. I enjoyed this particular training session as much as any I have taken for a long time. I would miss these moments so maybe I’ll have to put up with the paper work for a little while longer.
Challenge: This is for the group I took on Monday night and for anyone else who wants to join in. Between now and Christmas continue to come to training. During this period you will become stronger and more positive. Take part in one or two parkruns or club xcountries. You will meet others just like you. Different people, similar dreams. In December start to think of a challenge that in 2023 that you would like to achieve. Work hard and dream big. Talk to me and I will help you achieve this target. Keep dreaming, keep smiling and see you all on Friday night, Rob 14/10/22

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