Mud, sweat and beers. From zero to Rock Solid
I’m 36 years old and I hadn’t been for a jog in six years… I was sure I used to be fit and still thought I might be, but session 1 with Helen Howells proved otherwise. It turns out my muscles had given up on me a long time ago.
My friends challenged me to a 10k obstacle race in Devon and I wanted to be able to hold my own on the day. To begin with, Helen helped me get back to a basic level of fitness that meant I could run a couple of miles. She also gave me the confidence to go out for a run and push myself a little further each time. Every training session was different and, although each was hard work, it didn’t feel like boot camp and Helen pushed me just as hard as I was comfortable with.
I could see my fitness building each week and this spurred me on even further. As time marched towards Rock Solid Race, Helen increased the tempo of each session. She scouted out a new training location in Oldbury Court, where we could train in different ways using the local features. With two weeks to go, Helen put me through the ‘HH Mudder Challenge’, a great adventure through foot-deep mud, rivers and over trees, throwing in a few dips and press ups for good measure! What a laugh! I didn’t think getting fit could be so much fun.
Come race day, there was a lot of nervous banter and anticipation before the race from the ten of us in our team. The course looked brilliant, 12k (the organisers had thrown in an extra 2k just for fun!) through mud, water and ice, under and over some pretty extreme obstacles, with a ‘green mile’ timed final mile to finish us off. This was the test of all those sessions with Helen.
The race was fantastic, one of the best things I’ve ever done and, thanks to Helen’s training, I was able to really enjoy it rather than struggle my way round. I even got the fastest green mile time in my team! Thank you Helen – it’s something I’ll never forget!
I would recommend Helen to anyone, from an absolute beginner (like I was) to a seasoned athlete. Helen always has a positive mental attitude that she manages to impart on you and this makes each session really enjoyable. It’s not boot camp style training, it’s fun, balanced and yes it’s hard but it’s something I look forward to each week – and it’s made me feel great too.