As a keen life long runner, and personal trainer I've always written my own training programmes. But, when I started training for a 70 mile, 2 day charity run I quickly realised that I was out of my depth so approached Karen about being coached. Karen wasn't phased at all and I can safely say since working with her I have trained much more sensibly and efficiently than I would have alone. Working with Karen has completely changed my mindset about training, I no longer run to splits, I run to how I feel. Because of this I have a much more enjoyable relationship with running and the results have been amazing. I completed my 70 mile run and loved every minute. Training was spot on and I've recovered really quickly with hardly any post event muscle damage. I highly recommend you work with Karen, ESPECIALLY if you are new to running OR love running BUT have fallen out of love with training or aren't getting the results you're expecting. Not only is she knowledgeable, she is incredibly supportive and honest. Weekly chats on the phone kept me in check, accountable and helped us to modify training around an injury [...]
It was late 2011 and I was fed up with running. I started running seriously in 2009 and quickly progressed from 5k to 10k to half marathon, and ran some reasonable times. I then stalled, and went backwards for 2 years. I wasn't getting any faster - in fact I was considerably slower, and I wasn't enjoying my running. Enter Karen Weir. I met Karen in summer 2011 when a running group at work invited her in for some (informative and very helpful) seminars on running, so when I decided over the winter that I needed a more structured approach to my running she was an obvious choice. We connected via phone, discussed what I wanted to achieve and started putting a plan together. Today marks the end of my first 12 months of working with Karen - and the results on their own speak for themselves. I've set PBs in 5k, 10k (twice) and half marathon and not by a second or two either - 4 minutes for 10k and a whopping 9 minutes off my half marathon PB (set just today!). I'm so much faster in every facet of my running - especially as my PBs were all set [...]
I have been "running with Karen" for some time including three seasons as a 1-2-1 triathlon coach, with remarkable results! As a recreational runner for several years, I lost some weight, learnt to swim and moved through duathlon and into triathlon. I still run but now focus on multi-sport during the summer season and cross country and endurance running in the winter. Working with Karen has moved me onto a new level of performance and achievement. Whilst previously content with having a go, I am now a little more focused on competing. I'm probably not going to win anything outright, but becoming the best I can be is a hugely rewarding process and this season has seen a significant goal achieved, completing my first full iron distance triathlon. It was brutal, but easily my most satisfying sporting achievement. What Karen has helped me to do is to focus on those aspects of training that matter most in achieving my goals. I now have a well-structured plan which categorises races and includes tapers, rest periods and carefully balanced training. My weekly training time has increased, but with smart options rather than empty miles and I feel that every training session counts. [...]
I was fit, but I didn’t run. Fit people run don’t they? So I tried running. My Achilles decided to tell me it thought this was a bad idea. After ongoing problems several months later I decided it was time to get some advice. I first discovered Karen Weir as @runwithkaren on Twitter. We arranged to meet for her to look at my technique in Richmond Park. In the meantime, I sent Karen an email with a long list of questions I had about running. Karen had me running back and forth at different speeds, so that she could assess me. She introduced changes to my foot pick up and the position of my arms. Throughout the session Karen encouraged me and gave lots of positive feedback. Karen is a natural at understanding her clients’ learning styles. She used key words that instantly began to improve my running technique. In my first lesson I learned about ‘pick your foot out of the bucket’ and ‘squeeze the credit card’. They may sound strange, but as soon as I think of those words, I know that I am running with better technique. I even had my running style praised by another competitor during a [...]
At the beginning of 2014 I contacted Karen for her running expertise to help me break my target time of 2hrs 40 in the London Marathon (previous PB 2hrs 48 mins). Karen had 12 weeks to work her magic and quickly provided me with the best and most tailored training plan I have ever worked to. Not only was the training plan manageable around a full time job, it also encouraged rest days, something I hadn’t ever considered! Above all Karen’s training plan, her track sessions on Wednesdays, and her constant words of encouragement proved highly motivating. Within 12 weeks of working with Karen I ran personal bests in half marathon distance ( 1h 14 mins) and full distance marathon (2hr 39 mins). Without doubt Karen has been instrumental in helping me achieve this year’s personal bests and I now look forward to seeing how much faster Karen can get me running. Spring 2015 update: After another winter of hard work, Chris again took up the challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon, we'd set another PB as the target - working towards the ultimate goal of beating his Dad's time of 2.32 in Chicago later this year. In an amazing race [...]
When I asked Karen for a marathon training plan, I didn't give her an easy job as I was travelling a lot and going on holiday 3 weeks before the event, but she gave me a plan that really worked for me and encouraged me to train even through the difficult times. Her support along the way was like gold to me, and I am convinced I would not have achieved the time I did without her help. I managed to complete the marathon, injury free, in 3 hours 45 minutes (5 minutes faster than I was hoping for and knocking 19 mins off my PB!) and can't wait for my next race.
Most of my running has been over shorter distances, but having finally obtained an entry into the Virgin London Marathon, I decided that I would like some help with my training. I had seen Karen’s name mentioned regularly on the social networking sites last year so I looked at her website, liked what I saw, and a phone call later I was a happy runner. Karen sent me my 16 week training schedule and the one thing I noticed straight away, in comparison to other schedules that I had seen was that she had allowed for the amount of walking I do as a postman, something that an “online” schedule can't do, so straight away having Karen advise me had already made a difference. During a lengthy phone call to discuss what my aims were and setting goals for my training, it became obvious that I was having trouble with my pacing; this was something that was worked on successfully during my training and because of the advice given to me by Karen about being mentally disciplined during racing, I broke a 5 year old half marathon PB. Karen’s schedule also had me doing sessions that I had never done before [...]
Crossing the finish line at the 2012 Brighton marathon for my first marathon was exhilarating! I am fairly new to running and after signing up for Brighton I knew I needed help so I got in touch with Karen. In my first training session she examined my running and then gave me some new techniques which were really simple to implement but transformed how I ran. From there Karen put together a structured 16 week training programme. It was tough (it was a marathon after all) but effective. Week on week you could feel yourself getting there, which really helped me as a first time runner not knowing what to expect. Group guided runs were really good to catch up with other runners and swap notes and tales. Karen has the experience, enthusiasm (which tends to rub off on you), and you know that she wants you to do well. I had a bit of an injury towards the end of the training, but I had the confidence that I'd put the ground work in. A quick final chat with Karen the night before, and on race day, it all came together, and was fantastic! Hence the finish-photo caption on [...]
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 [...]
I have been training with Karen since January 2010. The initial challenge she had was to help me achieve my dream of setting a new London Marathon PB. With the wealth of her own personal triathalon and marathon experiences, she is more than well-equipped to help! After devising a fantastic 16week programme, advising me throughout and encouaging me to focus on a sensible yet realistic training plan, I did indeed manage to set a PB. Amazingly, I reduced my time by almost 25 minutes! I have set Karen the same challenge for the marathon in 2012 and already I'm looking forward to it!' Update 2013. After a successful marathon in 2012 where the focus had been on getting back to running after the arrival of baby Ella, I am again working with Jenni to help her prepare for the 2013 London Marathon, the target - a new PB of course!