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Q&A With Emma Blake-

If you haven't read the previous post on here from Emma, please take a moment to read her story-


I’ve been running for all sorts of different reasons for nearly 15 years but began serious structured training in the Autumn of 2017. I had previously run the marathon distance in London and Brighton without any guidance but really wanted to achieve a GFA time to get into London again. Training seriously began for me towards the end of 2017 when I began working with Darren as part of Dreampace Coaching, training for the Brighton Marathon in April 2018 where I achieved the time I needed and my then best time of 3:38:03, knocking 15 minutes off my previous marathon in April 2017.



What’s the dream?


The dream….sub 3hr marathon!


Having achieved so much already with the marathon distance and with a greater understanding of how much time and motivation is required to race at that level, I know I have it in me to go faster!



What has been the hardest period of training so far?


I probably wouldn’t be alone if I said that the past year has been a struggle. Once all the marathons started to get cancelled in April 2020, it was hard to give any sort of training a focus. I then developed a hamstring injury and have struggled massively with motivation. It made me refocus on my initial love of running and I have since taken the time to explore more trail running around where I live. Keeping in close regular contact with Darren has helped me to maintain a different kind of focus and it is still my dream to smash a sub 3hr marathon - #dreambig



What has been your hardest event to date and why?


The hardest event I have ever taken part in has to be a 100km ultra marathon in July 2019. Whilst I have always loved running endurance races, I went into this event completely unprepared and frankly a little scared whilst run/walking at 3am!



What was your most memorable event to date and why?


I find it hard to choose between my London Marathon race in 2019 and the leg I ran as part of the Round Norfolk Relay in 2018. I ran Stage 14 from Feltwell to Whissington (7.27 miles) and broke the stage record for the Ladies Masters. My London Marathon run in 2019 was the race for which I had trained the hardest and most consistently to date and the outcome of 3:15:00 was hard fought. I am particularly proud of this race, and in particular my mile

splits, as I had worked so very hard throughout my training and the hard work paid off on the day.



What are your favourite sessions?


The weekend long run is most definitely my favourite part of the week’s schedule. It gives me a chance to reflect on the week whilst doing what I love best and lets not forget….. who doesn’t love a rest day!



How much time do you spend on S&C work in training?


The honest answer is not enough! When I was training for London 2019, I became aware that it was an important part of my weekly schedule to support the work I was doing on my feet by strengthening other supporting elements of my body which would ultimately carry me across the finish line. I do try to stretch and roll as often as I can throughout training to keep my muscles in shape for the next session.



Who or what inspires you?


I’d have to say that when I first approached Darren in 2017, it was most definitely his lovely wife, Charlotte, who inspired me to want to train harder and go further. I knew that I could do so much more with the marathon distance as a working mum, like Charlotte, and have never looked back!



Key racing tip…..


Don’t do anything new on the day!

Race routine is vital to get right in training and sets you up mentally and physically for race day.



Key training tip……


Rest days are put into the plan for a reason!

Listen to your body and accept that training will most definitely have highs and lows.



Favourite saying ……..




What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger!

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