GNR Training and Recovery Project – Fourth Float

Wow exciting times for Cheryl with just 5 days left to go 🙂

Cheryl completed her fourth float on Sunday and has her penultimate float, and last before the run, tomorrow.

This week we discuss Cheryl’s progress and how she feels about meeting her goals at GNR.

How was your 4th float?

Amazing! I Felt more confident floating without the headrest, so relaxing experience….attention to detail in the spa in fantastic… everything is provided that you can possibly think of to what is needed to make the experience the best.
How is training going?

Taper week has become, basically time to wrap myself in cotton wool till Sunday!…… A few gentle miles through the week to keep the legs ticking till the big one.
I ran on Sunday testing out my ideal marathon pace…. 4 miles at average 9.02 min miles…. feel strong and pain free.

How do you feel about the run next week, do you feel confident you will achieve your personal goals?

I feel focused and ready to try my best for the race, but am going to be realistic also…. the weather is a main factor for me on Sunday. The last two years have been the hottest races I’ve done which can affect performance on the day, health and safety is more important than trying to beat previous times….. I’ll be doing a rain dance praying for cooler weather.!!
My main aim is to get a sub 2 hour half marathon, am 3 minutes off this at the minute, and i would love Sunday to be the day I do this.
I would be happy to get a course personal best from previous years. In 2015 when I had only been running for 6 months from being a beginner I achieved 2hrs 29mins, in 2016 I got a 15 minute course personal best of 2hrs and 15mins, so anything between 1.59 hour – 2.10 hour I would be over the moon!!

Have you attempted any visualisation in the tank, if so how did it go?

I did and found it really interesting, I imagined Sunday, the pre race build up, soaking up the atmosphere, the crowd getting you through the race and cheering your name…… and the most important part…. the last few miles from Marsden to the finish line, that finish push to the finish and achieving my ultimate goals..

It was so realistic and I could feel the excitement and nerves that race day brings…:)

Bring it on!!

GNR Training and Recovery Project – Third Float

GNR is just around the corner and Cheryl is really finding that Floating is impacting her training and recovery. Just two more Floats to go and then it’s game on!!!!

Hear what Cheryl has to say about her third float, and the results she is getting below:

How was your third float?

Amazing!.. so relaxing, loved switching off from the world for the hour with not a care in the world.

Have you noticed that your muscles and/or joints have felt less stiff or painful after floating?

Massive difference- after my long runs that I do each Sunday, it generally takes me quite a few days to recover and I feel that when I do my club training with Tyne Bridge Harriers that I don’t get the full benefit from training due to fatigue in the legs. After my second float, I had training the following Tuesday, and I managed my fastest mile in a long time in the speed session… averaged 8.5 minute miles.

Floating allows you to be more in tune with your body, have you been able to anticipate any injuries?

I have been more aware of past issues with my Shin and past knee problems and I have been more aware of any niggles before it goes as far as a strain/injury.

How are your shins doing?

So much better, it hasn’t been giving me any issues for a few weeks now.

Have you noticed an impact on the speed of recovery after floating?

Yes, the next day I feel great after floating, I could of easily ran my half marathon day after training with ease!

What other methods of recovery are you still using?

I tend to foam roll after every run and take magnesium and vitamin B6 to aid recovery, I also have a pre Thai massage and post massage booked in before the GNR.

Have you felt a difference in how you feel when doing these other methods?

Foam rolling is not the nicest of recoveries but it does make a difference, however I have felt I haven’t needed to do this as often since I started my floating.

We are glad to hear your training is going well! How do you feel your training is coming on in comparison to previous runs?

I feel stronger, speed is approving and because my joints and muscles are not as sore as normal, I have managed to fit additional cross training into my regime.