Our superstar client Roxy is taking part in a huge charity challenge this July, running a 100km ultramarathon “Race to the Stones” all in aid of cancer charity Sarcoma UK. One of Roxy’s friends recently passed away at the age of just 29 after battling a rare sarcoma, cancer of the bones or soft tissues.
100km is no laughing matter and we are so pleased we’re able to help her prepare physically for the challenge ahead on July 6th.
What has Roxy been doing at Fit House?
- Group classes: are improving Roxy’s strength and cardio fitness.
- Personal training: coach Robin has been helping Roxy prepare by ensuring her body is strong enough to meet the demands of a 100km run.
We asked Roxy to tell you a bit more about her run and training.
How long will it take to run 100km?
I’m hoping to complete the race under 18 hours. But my coach Robin is pushing for 14-16!!
What does your running plan look like?
I’ve had to ease up on running for the past month as I’ve injured my knee. As a result I’ve been focusing on strength training. Previously I was doing 5-7km on weekdays with 20k + runs at the weekend. My knee has been improving slowly (wish help from sports massages and strength training) so I’m hoping it will be okay on the day!
What do you enjoy about training? What have you learnt?
I’ve enjoyed improving my fitness physically but mostly mentally. I realised I had really suffered during lockdown so my mood and confidence has improved massively whilst I’ve been properly training. I’ve learnt to just turn up, whether it’s for a run or class, no matter how I feel! I’ve also discovered that foam rolling is amazing.
my mood and confidence has improved massively whilst I’ve been properly training.
What does your weekly training plan look like?
Currently, I’m seeing Robin around 3x a week. We focus on strength at the beginning on the week and work on my running muscles/technique towards the end of the week. I’m slowly getting into running again to test out my knee before the big day so fingers crossed!
What keeps you motivated?
My friend passed away last August at the age of 29 from a rare type of sarcoma. Her family were raising awareness of sarcoma and that’s how I found out about Sarcoma UK. The charity is funded entirely by charity donations. I wanted to do my bit in helping to fund sarcoma research and take on a mad challenge. This is what keeps me motivated really, I thought it was the least I could do to honour her memory and hopefully provide others with a better chance of battling this form of cancer.
it was the least I could do to honour her memory and hopefully provide others with a better chance of battling thisform of cancer.
What do you enjoy about the Fit House?
I honestly don’t think I would be feeling confident to do a challenge like this if it wasn’t for you guys! All the instructors are so kind and knowledgeable, and make the classes super fun – this is something I never thought I would say about exercise! There is so much support and I love feeling like a part of the Fit House community!
I honestly don’t think I would be feeling confident to do a challenge like this if it wasn’t for you guys!
We also asked coach Robin to tell us more about her training plan.
What does Roxy’s programme entail?
Roxy’s programme has a few key parts. Strength, running technique, rehabilitation and her actual running programme. These are designed to help her complete the huge challenge she is undertaking and work on her niggling knee injury.
Firstly, strength. Strength training is super important for everyone, whether young or old, super fit or beginning your journey. The reason strength training is so important for runners is that it helps the body endure the repetitive stress that comes with long distance events. Strength training can improve: your joint range of motion, how effectively you use your muscles and it helps to bulletproof the supporting structures around your joints. All this means you are less likely to get injured.
The reason strength training is so important for runners is that it helps the body endure the repetitive stress that comes with long distance events.
Secondly, we are improving Roxy’s running technique. I do this using various drills to make her more efficient at running, which in turn makes it easier to run for longer. Think of it as wearing clothes whilst trying to swim vs wearing a streamlined suit – every stroke with the streamlined suit is easier, therefore you can go for longer as you are putting less effort into each movement!
Thirdly, we are working on the things going on in her body which led to her injury. Most people have one side stronger/weaker than the other. This usually goes unnoticed until you start doing lots of the same movement. I devised a small series of exercises that we do at the beginning of every session to strengthen these weaker areas and build her body up to 100%!
Lastly, we are building up her running again, around her injury, so that she is able to be in optimal condition for her run.
All of these factors combined are preparing Roxy to be in the best possible shape for not only her challenge, but for her continued training after. Onwards and upwards!
Roxy is trying to raise £1,000 for Sarcoma UK. You can find her Just Giving page online by clicking on this link.