Flexible approach to the Cool impossible foundation plan.....

So, it's been a while since I managed to write, life has been very busy.  I had fallen off the cool impossible path which I had so much enthusiasm and confidence in, mainly because I couldn't stick to the plan set out in the book. 

I am a Critical Care Nurse, I work full time and on my work days I either work 12 hour day or night shifts plus travelling on top..... so basically 06:00-21:00 is an average day. Where can I fit in the training there? 

Well, some times I work a 09:00-17:00 on clinical education training days and seeing as my long shift reduce the amount of actual days in work (Usually 3-4 per week) I have 3-4 days not at work Now, if I work two long days back to back......the intensity of the work and only getting 2 x 30 minute breaks a day.......you can imagine how tired I can get. 

So what is a guy to do? 

Eric's plan is 5 months of training, with 6 days running a week. I decide that, as long as I run every day I am not on a long shift and I do run on my days off and when I work a short shift.......It may take me another month to get through the plan but......I will follow the consecutive days schedules but not in the fixed 6 days a week rigid plan. 

This has reduced the pressure I had forced upon my self which ultimately caused me to fail, fall off the path and sulk like baby. 

I am now feeling great! My form is improving, I don't get 'tired' or sore legs like I used to when running in my old form even though I have to also walk 15-30 miles a week exercising the dogs and I am also on my feet walking all day at work........something is working with this amazing coaching. 

Love my new B2R shoes......awesome. I am still transitioning into them properly........I have a pair of zero drop road shoes which I am using for the final transition phase as there is a small amount of cushioning in them which is helping to reduce impact out on the roads as I am used to trail/grass running. B2R shoes are very very comfortable, well worth the money.  

The full transition has been: Reduced drop trail shoes with some old road running shoes at times then to Walsh fell running shoes (already had them) which enabled me to maintain grip and gave some better form ability with minimal support, and then I introduced the B2R shoe. According to run distance and terrain I mixed it up a bit and now I am 100% zero drop between Merell road shoe and B2R shoes. 

More slant board work needs to be implemented to increase strength but overall....... I am back with my cool impossible.


Complete the 5 month programme by end of October

Then, train for the Charnwood Bowline Hill Race. 

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Comment by Robert Burpee on July 16, 2014 at 3:20am
Hi Gary it's great to hear from you again. I'm amazed how even with your work schedule you manage to train at all, hats off to you. I'm sure you will accomplish all you set out to do, so don't be too hard on yourself. When it just can't happen because of life, give yourself permission to miss the days you have too. Just think how fresh you'll be when you do run, as Eric says more isn't better, better is better.
Comment by Lori Enlow on May 2, 2014 at 12:06pm
interesting history, sounds fun!
Comment by Gary Tuck (Tuckiaki Running) on May 2, 2014 at 8:24am

Lori, the Bowline is a 12 mile undulating hill race in my local area, through some beautiful villages, hillside and farmlands. See website: http://www.bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk/index.php/croft-hills-race.html 

It is not like doing an ultra, far from it, but it is renowned in this are for being one of the toughest hill runs in the midlands.

It is the 1st step in my Cool Impossible.......  

Have a wonderful day. B-) 

Comment by Lori Enlow on May 2, 2014 at 7:15am
What is the Charnwood Bowline race?
Comment by Robert Burpee on April 30, 2014 at 9:19pm

Well done Gary, life can seem to get in the way sometimes but as you have shown if you really want it, you'll find a way to get it done. It sound like your on your way!

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