Paul participated in our SOAR x TRY 5k PB training programme throughout June and July of 2018. The programme took 20 everyday runners under the coaching wing of Olympian Matt Yates, and elite coach Barry Elwell for 8 weeks of dedicated professional training as part of a team. The aim of which was to whip the participants into 5k PB shape by the end. We caught up with Paul about his experiences.
What appealed to you about the SOAR x TRY 5k Programme, and what led you to sign-up?
A new challenge and a structured training programme with like minded people.
How have you found the programme, what have been your highlights and how does it differ to the training you've done in the past?
It’s been great. Really enjoyed the attention to detail, focus on technique, and getting the small things right.
Do you have a favourite session, or element to the training?
The perfect blend of encouragement and “motivational” advice has made every session special.
And a least favourite, or perhaps 'most feared'?
How do you feel it's changed you as a runner?
Thinking about technique and the biomechanics of running has made a huge difference to how I run.
What are your top 3 takeaways from the programme which you'll implement in your own training?
Every session has a purpose so make sure you understand what it is, technique is paramount, and it never really hurts!
What's next for you in terms of racing and training?
Continue with the speed work and then aiming for a 10K and half marathon PB before the end of the year
And last but not least, what's your favourite piece of SOAR kit, and why?
My Soar X TRY kit obviously! Although the All Weather Jacket was perfect during the “Beast from the East” earlier in the year!
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