I am Alexa. I have always been a runner, literally forever. I ran competitively as a child and teen and I feel like it is part of my DNA. The difference between then and now is that I am a coached athlete. Ged has been my coach since I decided to undertake the London marathon in 2016. He wrote a plan for me, which I followed, and after a couple of successful marathons, I was hooked on being coached and having a formalised plan for a season. I now follow a plan 365 days of the year because it works for me. Ged and I work out my goals for a season, how many days a week I can train, which day will be my rest day and which additional races I want to include and then I “just do it”. My racing times improved consistently over the 3 years until the beginning of 2019, when I absolutely kicked my previous PB’s out of the park (at the age of 40!) for parkrun, 10k, 10 miles, and the half marathon. In addition in 2019 I had the opportunity to represent England 3 times in the V40 age category at 10k and half marathon distances and race as an elite athlete at the Great South Run (alongside Eilish McColgan). I achieved times and dreams in 2019, that even at the start of 2019, I would not have thought conceivable, and it has genuinely made me think that anything is possible with hard work, dedication and the right information. Ged has transformed me from being a runner into an elite athlete and for that I will be eternally grateful. No matter what level of running you do, no matter what your dreams or goals, this could change your life.