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TESTIMONIALS

Adam Pettitt

Why did you decide to get a coach?

I was having persistent running injuries and my sports masseuse at Backs and Beyond recommended my getting a coach to balance my running better and to have someone to build in injury recovery to the schedule. She gave me three recommendations and I checked them all out and plumped for Full Potential as they seemed to have coaches who worked with people in my situation. The response was really rapid and efficient and I had plans within a week.

How long have you been coached?

Three years.

What have you achieved?

I ran my first marathon ( 2017, Tokyo) and have now run seven! Berlin, Moscow, London, Rotterdam, Chicago and a Covid-19 one - 100 laps of a school field to raise money for digital poverty: laps for laptops.

What do you enjoy most about the coaching?

It’s the security of a plan: not only what I do day by day and week by week - that gives me structure; I like going to bed knowing what training I will do in the morning - but the long term, patterned training which has its phases adding variety but also getting me ready for each race, and making sure I don’t over-train.

My coach is the lovely, ever-attentive Ben. I’ve only met him once face to face when he ran a running camp my kids were on, and I speak to him if I need to but I choose to communicate by email. His messages are cheerful and encouraging, and his plans detailed and with just the right amount of context. But it’s the individual responses, the ‘Hey Adam, that was really great the way you knew to ease off last week’ or ‘That’s some great running; you don’t need to worry about x ...’.

Touch wood, but I’ve had no injuries and not needed to take any breaks from training. It’s worked for me and I’m a complete convert to long distance running now. I like the fact that Ben encourages me to do other races and to get outside my comfort zone. Efficient, encouraging, respectful, professional service.

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to coaching?

May be you won’t need to remain on your trainer’s books as long as I have - I admit that I am an addict - but do it: running is so enjoyable but you do need to look after yourself when doing it past 40. Full potential has added a new dimension to my running and running has done the same to my life. I have a busy and quite demanding job so the training I do needs to be worthwhile, and FP and Ben get that and make it happen.

Celina

Why did you decide to get a coach?

Because my running had stagnated. I had been doing the same things for years, kept getting injured, and was starting to lose motivation and enjoyment. Some friends convinced me to go to one of the Full Potential running camps in Portugal, where I was impressed with the approaches of all of the coaches and their commitment to supporting runners of all ability and experience levels. I had some really interesting chats with Ben in particular about his coaching philosophy and, once I got back home, decided to give coaching a try. I figured that I didn’t have anything to lose and everything to gain!

How long have you been coached?

I’ve been coached by Ben since 2017.

What have you achieved?

My main goals were to enjoy running again and to be able to run without getting injured, and I’ve certainly achieved both of those. The sessions that Ben gives me are varied enough and challenging enough that I never get bored, and his structured but flexible approach to training has meant that my slightly wonky biomechanics have coped well with the demands of increased mileage. I’m now able to manage higher weekly mileage than I ever have and I’ve been able to run even ultramarathon distances without injury. I wasn’t particularly concerned about improving my pace – I’ve always been a solid middle of the pack runner who finds enjoyment and fun more motivating than speed or races - but an unexpected side effect of training with a coach has been that I’ve gotten faster. I’m still middle of the pack, but now I’m upper middle rather than lower middle, which has made me surprisingly happy!

What do you enjoy most about the coaching?

Having a varied programme of sessions to keep me motivated. Having someone else think about how to fit it all together so that all that I have to do is show up and run. Not only receiving expert guidance through the training programmes but, almost more importantly, receiving support with the psychological aspects of running and performance as well. And, of course, being able to have a laugh about it all.

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to coaching?

I would say that coaching is not just for elite athletes or super-speedy club runners, and not just for younger people. I’ll be 60 this year and I’m faster than I’ve ever been and am enjoying my running more than I ever have. No matter what your goals and abilities are, a good coach will help you to achieve the first and maximise the second. (Thanks, Ben!)

Debbie

Why did you decide to get a coach?

I first decided to get a coach after qualifying for the 2018 Aquathlon World Championships (swimming & running). I was keen to improve my running and get a structured programme tailored to my needs, as well as a coach who could help me balance my running around swimming training.

How long have you been coached?

I first started working with Ben towards the end of 2017. Under his guidance I found that running became my favourite discipline and this is where I excelled in the multi sport races. I then took a year to focus on triathlon but found that I really missed the running element and guidance from Full Potential, so I decided to return again in 2020. I’ve really enjoyed having the structure of Ben’s training during lockdown and I’m starting to get my running mojo back!

What have you achieved?

Since working with Ben I have set PBs over all distances which I’ve raced (5km to half marathon). I also placed 6th in my age group at Aquathlon World Championships under Ben’s guidance!

What do you enjoy most about the coaching?

I really like having the structure and being able to discuss my goals with my coach. It’s great having someone to support my running and provide me with confidence, which is so important to progress. Another key thing for me is to enjoy the training and stay motivated, and this is something which Ben has really facilitated. He is flexible to work my swimming / triathlon training into the plan and always willing to change things when needed.

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to coaching?

I would definitely recommend Full Potential as I’ve really enjoyed working with Ben. I would encourage anyone looking to proceed with coaching to have a chat with the coach beforehand to ensure that you get along well and communicate well. In my opinion this is crucial to ensure things run smoothly and that you are happy with the service.

Dominic

Why did you decide to get a coach?

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Full Potential by my employer as part of a London Marathon training package. Whilst I’d been running for a number of years, I felt I needed to understand my training better and that having to explain how my training was going to someone else was a big motivator to do the tough sessions!

How long have you been coached?

I’ve been with Keith for nearly 2 years now

What have you achieved?

PBs at pretty much every distance. 6 minutes off the marathon, 6 minutes at Half Marathon and 3 minutes at 10k. I’ve also had my first podium ever in a race at the end of last year!

What do you enjoy most about the coaching?

The structure it gives my training is really important to me, but also the opportunity to really learn more about both running and training from a true expert has really helped me to improve. I also like the way it holds me accountable, it’s often the thing that gets me out running when it’s cold, dark and raining!

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to coaching?

If you’re really serious about getting more out of your running whatever your standard then go for it!

Fran

Why did you decide to get a coach?

When I started running in January 2019, I could barely run 3k and I had picked up a chronic illness six months before that was uncurable and unbearable to live with. At the end of 2018 I was at my lowest point as the cocktails of medicines the doctors had tried me on weren’t working. I was exhausted, depressed and unwell. I knew I couldn’t carry on like this. I needed to change my life. Before getting ill, I’d seen the start of a race in the Pyrenees – the Aneto Trail – and it had felt very exciting to me. I’d looked up trail running and feeling inspired I’d decided I would start running and try trail running for myself, but then I fell ill and so I didn’t act until six months later.

After being prescribed different medication in the new year (2019) I felt less fatigued. I changed my diet, becoming mostly plant based, which made a massive difference to the impact my chronic illness had on me, and decided to start running. At first I couldn’t run the 3k route by my house, it was hard to run, but I did feel so much brighter afterwards and it improved my self-confidence. Incredibly it also reduced the symptoms and the amount of meds I needed to take and so I became determined not to give up.

At first I used Runkeeper and downloaded various online training plans as I’d decided I wanted to do the Aneto Trail race myself in the Pyrenees that summer (the 10k version of the one I had seen, which was the start of a mountain ultra-running dream). I then planned to train for a marathon in the autumn. The problem was that the “one size fits all” print-off training plan approach didn’t work for me. What was the best way to train for a 10k mountain trail race followed by a 42k marathon? That kind of plan didn’t seem to exist. And how could I fit in training around my busy job, which involved regular travel (pre-Covid in 2019), and looking after three young children (3, 4 and 7 years old)? And should I just be running, or should there be other exercise involved too? These were just some of the questions I needed help finding answers to.

I needed a plan tailored to me that I could and would stick to, that would take my fitness levels and health situation into account, and that would train me for these specific events.

It honestly felt like a wild move to look for a coach. I had never undertaken any kind of physical training plan before in my life, although I have enjoyed running and going to the gym at various points. But it if I was going to do this, not waste my time and become the best I could be in the short timeline of a few months before that 10k I needed help, so I set about looking to find someone who could be a good match for me.

How long have you been coached?

I have been coached by Keith since April 2019.

What have you achieved?

A level of fitness I didn’t think was possible for “someone like me”. Having seen the results of the coaching so far I realise it’s all about mindset. I can be that someone, that ultra runner, I just need to believe that I can do it as Keith’s training plan takes care of the rest.

I completed the 10k (500m+ elevation) in the Pyrenees three months after signing up and ran my first marathon – Millau (also 500m+ elevation) Marathon – in September 2019. That’s 0k to 42k in 9 months, I could hardly believe it! The plan was to run my first ultra marathon (50k) 12 months later in the French Alps, however, I fell unexpectedly pregnant at the end of March 2020 and so that dream is on hold until 2021. I was able to run a half marathon at 28 weeks (even though I was really trying for 50k it wasn’t possible for me at that stage of pregnancy) and 27k at 4 months pregnant and they are both achievements I’ve been proud to accomplish as a pregnant runner.

What do you enjoy most about the coaching?

It takes away the stress and endless internet research trying to figure out what is best for me. I love knowing that an expert in coaching and running (I am so lucky to have found Keith!) is creating my training plan. All I have to do is show up – which at times is hard enough! – but it means I can just focus on getting the training done without worry. I love that he is there for me to talk to if I need advice or I am unsure of something and the mere fact that he took me on has really boosted my self-confidence and self-belief.

Finally, the fact that we are training at the right intensity for my fitness levels enables me to keep going, and the fact that we train by effort and not pace really works for me as I don’t become disheartened by not reaching pace goals (which I probably would).

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to coaching?

I would say go for it, I can’t see that you’d regret it and if you did all you have to do is cancel so you’ve nothing to lose from trying. It’s one of the boldest and best decisions I’ve ever made. Finding Keith changed my life because he was the right coach for me, and has been able to bring out the best in me. Too pushy and I may have walked away; too intense and I might have decided it was too much – somehow he is able to provide a perfect balance which helps me to love my training and juggle it around my work and kids.

Gareth

Why did you decide to get a coach?

Having started running longer distances I wanted to improve my technique and like most others improve my times

How long have you been coached?

2 ½ years, 2yrs with Kerry at Full Potential

What have you achieved?

My overall fitness and speed has increased, my overall knowledge of running development has grown and ultimately I have achieved new PB’s in everything from 1 mile through to full marathons

What do you enjoy most about the coaching?

The coaching with Kerry is always focused on me as an individual, is always varied in how we can achieve results and being involved in a discussion about how things went along with future goals

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to coaching?

If you are thinking about coaching you have taken the first step, the second is to get in touch with Full Potential so you can talk to a member of the team without pressure before signing up. It’s one of the best decisions I made for my running, the other was to start coaching beginners myself!

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