Holly's Running Blog
How to be an urban ultra runner
Ultra marathons or simply ‘ultras’ as they are often known, are becoming more and more popular…
30 May 2023
Holly has been the most incredible support for me whilst training for (two!) London marathons - last summer and earlier this year. Unfortunately, due to various reasons, I injured myself the week before the October marathon but did manage to defer to April. I contacted Holly again in Feb, a bit nervous about my injury and running, but she brilliantly reassured me that it was possible and came up with an adapted plan that ensured I’d get to the start line and complete the race - which I did! Both training plans that Holly produced for me were brilliant, taking into account my goals and working alongside my busy lifestyle. I would 100% recommend Holly to anyone wanting a structured training plan and excellent advice, especially if you’re new to distance running.
27 April 2023
Holly helped me return to running after a long break because of an ankle injury and also helped me train for my first marathon. She prepared a tailored detailed plan that worked me. During our regular catch-ups she listened to my needs and adapted the plan to make sure I stayed injury free. I even got a 6 minute half marathon PB during a tune up race! Can’t wait to keep working together.
6 December 2022
Holly was incredibly helpful with her detailed training plan, knowledge and advice with regular catch ups that really helped me during my training period - culminating in achieving a 20 minute PB at the Valencia Marathon! Can’t recommend her highly enough
4 December 2022
I worked with Holly to train for my 11th marathon over 6 months. Each month Holly listened to how I was feeling and how my body was responding to the training, looked over my stats, and created a plan that took both into account. She answered any questions I had and explained her approach. I loved working with Holly. Highly recommend!
27 November 2022
My husband and I are just joggers, but we didn't want to get into bad habits or cause injuries when we run, so we had a video call with Holly. She was friendly and not at all patronising, and it was refreshing to hear her impartial advice on everything from trainers to local hills. She watched videos of us running and slowed them down to show us how our posture could be improved to prevent injury. And she sent us comprehensive notes afterwards, with links to videos illustrating what she'd said. It was great to be able to ask our questions to a real person with real expertise and nothing to sell. I'd definitely recommend working with Holly to make sure your running is as good for you as it can be.
7 November 2022
Holly coached me to running 50k, and was brilliant. Her monthly catch ups kept me going, and she was able to create a plan that was adapted to the time I had available and had me running further than I have in a decade.
18 October 2022
Holly built a clear and focused training plan for me to shed time off my 3:12 marathon PB. The plan was complete with varied pace training with different focuses each month as well as SAM excersizes. Holly used my Strava data and monthly check ins to build the plan so it was personalised to my agenda and ability! Ultimately the proof is in the pudding and I completed Amsterdam Marathon in 3:05! Thank you Holly, wouldn't have been possible without you!
2 October 2022
Holly was great - a really clear, structured plan which made training enjoyable!
3 June 2022
In February, I contacted Holly, having just completed my first half-marathon, and with 15 weeks to go until my first marathon. I felt like I had a mountain to climb in too short a time frame, but with calm confidence, Holly put together and talked through a plan to improve my distance and pace, incorporating additional training elements to reduce the chances of injury. We had ongoing communication throughout the training period interspersed with zoom-chats, talking about distance improvement, pace, fueling, race-day routine. Despite tripping and rolling my ankle badly four weeks before race-day, which took me out of training for 10 days, with continued communication, and minor tweaks to the plan, I boarded the flight to Edinburgh with confidence I could complete the race. Thanks so much Holly, I will be in touch soon when I decide what next ?