This week's edit Commit to learning new skills
Posted by Sarah Ridgway, 8 Jan 2018
Learning new skills is a great way to motivate yourself to improve your running. Becoming a competent navigator was one of the best things I did. I was able to get out on my own, train more and explore more. It also made me realise I was responsible for my own safety. As a consequence, I worked hard on becoming efficient over different sorts of terrain as well as constantly reflecting on how I could improve my skills to stay safe.
Now, 15 years on from committing to learning those skills, I'll be standing on a peak in full winter conditions, at night and on my own, comfortable and exhilarated. What a prize for all that hard work! It's a skill I'll be developing and building on for the rest of my life because I don't want to lose that reward.
One of the many things I love about working with my clients teaching them these skills is knowing what their investment is giving them: life-Long independence for making their own health and happiness that, once initially set up with a few essential items of kit, costs very little but offers so much in return.
So, if you tended to follow others in races, or perhaps struggled with your navigation over the past 12 months, then commit to getting better at your map and compass skills. Perhaps you were reliant on other people taking you out running because you don't have the confidence to plan your own routes? Then commit to learning the skills to know how to plan a route suitable for your experience. Frustrated with your pace on the downhills? Then learn the techniques to improve your efficiency and pace on different terrain.
Our training weekends are designed to help you develop the skills to become a better off-road runner. Check out our next events and learn the skills to get out on your own.