Mitul Patel – 2016 VLM Finisher

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Running experience to date? (For example, a beginner runner/completed the London Marathon in 4hours)

Years of high level amateur sports experience across basketball, rugby & cricket, but virtually zero running experience. Running was always something I endured in training not something I ever enjoyed or wanted to do.

How has The Running School helped you?

With competitive sport having been replaced with a city job & family orientated lifestyle, I set myself a goal before my 40th birthday to make a lasting and fundamental change in my health over the course of 12 months and the first half of this goal consisted of running the London Marathon 2016 on behalf of the NSPCC. To put into context just how much of a stretch goal this was, I’m a 6ft 4 man, weighing in excess of 120kg that couldn’t run 1 km without stopping when I signed up for the marathon!! In light of the above a ‘cookie-cutter’ plan lifted out of a magazine or internet forum was never going to work for me, I am sure I would have just created lasting damage to my body and never even made it to the start line if I’d tried to go down this route. The thought of being ‘taught how to run’ at my age was an odd prospect (and one that I took plenty of stick for!), but over the course of 7 months Matt Loomes at TRS totally overhauled the way I move helping me understand how important running form was in ensuring that I stayed injury free and got the most return in terms of efficiency to the effort I was putting in. Matt worked around my schedule and helped create a bespoke training plan to meet my goals, and delivered all of this in a genuinely engaged and knowledgeable manner. Having someone who is truly invested in ensuring you meet your goals was absolutely invaluable to me. In summary, I am convinced that the picture below, and the immense sense of satisfaction that comes with it, doesn’t happen without Matt at TRS.

Would you recommend The Running School, if so why?

If you want someone to wave a magic wand and repair years of poor technique over 1 or 2 sessions then maybe TRS aren’t for you, but if you’re looking for a highly knowledgeable partner that is going to work as hard as you are to meet your goals then I can’t recommend TRS highly enough, it has quite literally helped change my life!

Mitul Patel 2016 VLM Finisher Marathon School July 25, 2016

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