“Jo is, simply put, the best coach you could hope for.
Supremely technical, a wealth of experience, focused and yet compassionate and caring.
She wants you to do well, she will push you and work with and she works around your demands – but in a way that is right for you, not for her
In the past 8 months I have put my back out (couldn’t walk for a while), got COVID and was ill for a month and I have have been working 70+ hours a week for the past month – it doesn’t matter what happens @runningjo10k is there with a plan, she is there with advice and she is there for support.
Hence she is *officially* the best coach of 2020
(Note… I MAY have had the trophy made myself and this may not officially by British Athletics)”.
I started coaching Rob in July 2019 with the aim to improve his marathon time and his Ironman marathon running. Over the last year we have worked to improve his running fitness, improved his pace from 5k up to marathon and developed his ability to pace himself better. So far we’ve knocked nearly 20mins off his marathon time with a far-from-perfect build up to run 4:08 and there’s only more to come!
“I began with Jo at the start of May and since then I have given Jo my 100% commitment, the more I’ve gotten to know Jo the more I feel like she knows me better then I know myself when it comes to running. The relationship has just clicked and a few times this month if I had been coaching myself I would have made the same mistakes but Jo has made sure I’ve haven’t .
The speed sessions have been hard but both fun and rewarding. The most frustrating part is GPS issues. Where I live I am restricted to where there is a flat road to do my session, the only area within 2 miles is the main road at the side of the local reservoir but it is covered in trees so GPS can be blocked by them. This has meant in some sessions the watch hasn’t reflected my true pace but this is where my coach has been amazing as Jo looks at all the data not just speed as well as my feedback and her comments back to me keep me from obsessing over my inaccurate pace.”
I’ve been coaching Richard since May 2020 and we have already made some significant progress in addressing some of the underlying weaknesses that had previously led to injury. We are gradually building a good aerobic base, pace and fitness and looking forward to some races to see where we are and what we need to do next.
To find out more read Richard’s regular blog here
“Thanks to Jo I have completed 2 half marathons. Jo coaches me from a distance (we live in different counties) and provides weekly feedback and adapts my plan if things change slightly i.e. I don’t complete my weekly miles! I really believe I couldn’t have completed them without her”
Nicola and I have been working together for a year. Her initial aim was to complete her first half marathon which she did in 2:09 and then went onto lower her PB to 2.02 whilst training for her first marathon.
She completed the 2019 Brighton Marathon in 4:45 and we are now working together to achieve a sub-2 hour half marathon. We started by increasing her mileage and introducing some basic strengthening exercises to prevent injury.
Now we are working on intervals and faster paced running as her goals have moved from completing the distance to running her target time.
“Just completed my first session with Jo. I was pretty nervous beforehand but that turned out to be my mind playing tricks on me and telling me I would be awful. Jo provided great tips on form (now I know where I’ve been going wrong!), a highly motivational coaching technique and generally made my nerves disappear within minutes. If you’re even a tiny bit interested or even intrigued as to whether it’s for you, I’d say DON’T HESITATE – give it a go!”
Suzanne and I have recently started working together to improve her 5k time by focusing on improving her form and technique and developing her fitness by introducing intervals and running sessions into her weekly activities.
“Jo’s coaching is changing my attitude to running! I have never liked running but it is something I want to be able to do better and without feeling like it’s such an ordeal. The coaching from Jo has helped me become faster and I now run for half an hour without it feeling like it’s a constant struggle. The format of the sessions means we have achievable aims and I find they go much faster than I expect. I am definitely becoming a better runner and I also don’t mind running so much anymore”
Cathryn wanted to improve her 5k time and to enjoy her running more to compliment her fitness and weightlifting. Over a series of weeks we worked on interval sessions to improve her running fitness and pace and build her confidence (and even her enjoyment) in her running.
I started coaching Margaret after she initially joined with one of my beginners groups. Her ambition was to complete Abersoch 10k in under 70minutes but she was finding it hard to motivate herself with just her running app and struggled to run continuously without stopping. Instead we focused on increasing “time on feet” with a mixture of running and walking and included one run with some faster paced reps each week to simultaneously improve her fitness.
Margaret has progressed from being a beginner to being able to complete parkrun without stopping in under 35 minutes and only narrowly missed her target by finishing the challenging 10k (including the last km on the sandy beach) in 70.02. After after a few months off to recover from a bunion operation Margaret is back running regularly three times per week. She has progressed to regularly running 5k in 35 minutes, running one faster intervals session each week and increasing her overall distance in her longest run each week to over 10k.
We are now working together to improve Margaret’s 5k time and complete her first half marathon in Autumn 2020.
“Jo is so inspiring, always there to listen and help find ways so you can improve in your running. She is on hand to give you tips with your technique and has shown us some great strengthening exercises. She always encourages you to be the best you can be and when things don’t go so well, she reminds you that you need to focus on the positives. She has helped me so much already.”
Over the last year Alison has been training with my group at Watford Harriers and she competes on track, road and cross country.
In 2018 she ran 21.58 for Parkrun and 46.54 for 10k as well as a new personal best of 6.07 for 1500m Steeplechase before being part of the successful 3rd place Watford Harriers Womens Veteran team in the 2018/19 Chiltern Cross Country League.
“Jo knows her stuff and I’d recommend her as a coach. Yes, she’s very experienced but she also uses that experience to adapt her coaching according to your ability. Significantly, Jo encourages you to enjoy your running.”
Richard trains regularly and competes in different events including parkrun. Most recently he finished the Berkhamsted Half Marathon in cold, windy and wet conditions in 1.44.46.