Anglian Home Improvements caught up with its sponsored long distance runner and Olympic hopeful, Charlie Grice as he gives us an update on his training, his studies, his change of house and his trip to Kenya!
Things are going really well and I am now in my fourth week of training and starting to feel fit. Starting back again from a period of time off is always hard because you lack discipline and get into a bad routine and you lose fitness very fast, however it is necessary to give your body a rest for a period of time, although it does feel kind of strange to be taking things easy! It takes about a month to get a basic fitness but if you take 2 weeks off you will soon know about it!
Last weekend I was in Birmingham for the National Road Relays where I ran for my local club, Phoenix AC. We finished 14th out of 77 clubs which is a big result for us as we are a very small club. I was satisfied with my performance off just a few weeks training. I am ahead of where I was this time last year which is encouraging.
I have settled into my new house well and am really enjoying it. As I mentioned in my previous blog it is perfectly situated next to the University, and only 2 miles away from Bushy Park where I do the majority of my training. I am also now in my second year of studies. It is a busy time for me because I am trying to get organised as I am going to Kenya next week for 4 weeks where I will be training at altitude. This will be the third year that I have been on the trip. I have got to know several of the local athletes and it will be good to meet up with them again and see how their training is going. I am very fortunate to be travelling with 7 other athletes from the UK and this is funded by National Lottery/London Marathon.
We will be accompanied by a coach and a physiotherapist. We will be flying to Nairobi and then staying overnight before an early flight to Eldoret followed by a half hour drive to Iten, a small town where running is a way of life. I will be trying to combine my stay with my studies, which will not be easy, but I cannot afford to get too far behind on my work!
On my return I will race 3 days later at the European Cross Country trials in Liverpool, which will be quite a contrast from the dry sandy trails of Kenya. Although this isn’t the main focus of the season it is still a good winter goal and I enjoy a variety of challenges throughout the season! I am in my first year of the u23 age group and the distance is 10,000m long which
will be tough but I will be ready for the challenge!
I will let you know how I get on in my next blog, so until then, bye for now.