Runners reap rewards of runbritain's new campaign - Women's Running

Runners reap rewards of runbritain’s new campaign

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  April 7, 2015

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With four weeks of runbritiain’s weekly #clickyourclock competition now underway, four winners are now feeling the benefits of their winter training, after being rewarded brand new Polar heart hate monitors for their performance improvements this season.

One runner in particular, Natasha Baker, was thrilled to find out she had won a brand new FT4 Polar heart rate monitor after entering the competition. Smashing her 20-mile PB at the Bramley 20, Natasha achieved the highest percentage improvement score of all runbritain runners in the week commencing March 3rd.

Natasha is currently training for the Milton Keynes Marathon in May. Her initial goal set in October 2014 was to complete her first sub-four marathon but, after finishing the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon in December in around one hour, 34 mins she decided to re-evaluate her goal.

Further success at the Bramley 20, which took place on February 14th, saw Natasha shifting her marathon goal even further to an impressive sub-three hrs, 30 mins.

‘It was meant to be one of those long slow runs that we all do as part of training but I was itching to run faster the whole time,’ Natasha said. ‘Feeling so good, off the back of my first 20 mile run, I decided that I wouldn’t hold back at Milton Keynes and find out what I was capable of.’

Shaving over nine minutes off her 20-mile PB, Natasha showed an 11.49% improvement in her runbritain score. ‘After completing the Milton Keynes race, a pop-up box came up with the #clickyourclock option so I entered the competition,’ says Natasha, ‘never in a million years did I think I would win’.clickyourclock

That said, Natasha’s impressive PB reflects months of dedicated training. ‘In January 2014 I decided that it was going to be my year to get fit,’ says Natasha. She added: ‘I bought a road bike and started cycling to work and running twice a week.

‘Being more active lead to me losing 14kg and, as a result, running became more enjoyable as I could see the improvements week by week. I have gone from running nine minute miles in training to seven minute miles.’

The runbritain handicap system has enabled Natasha to focus and re-evaluate her goals, not only in being able to see tangible improvements in her running, but by comparing her scores to others. ‘Whenever I finish a race now I like to log on to see where I am compared to others,’ explains Natasha.

With her new Polar FT4 heart rate monitor, Natasha told us that she is going to focus on using heart rate zones to take her training forward.

For more information about runbritain’s #clickyourclock competition visit: bit.ly/1ASrDP9

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