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Kat's Vertical Rush 2014 - Up Tower 42 in London

Kat signed up to her very first big event.  Attempting to climb up the Tower 42 in London.  As we all know walking up stairs is 20x harder than walking on flat ground, so when she told me she wanted to train up for this event we both knew there was alot of work to be done.   A bone crunching 920 steps in total to be climbed - certainly not one for the faint hearted!

Kat-rush5After a month of training and helping Kat not with just her stamina, but also working on her balance, mobility and core strength to help her accomplish this tall task. Working with her twice a week and improving her nutrition we overcame numerous obstacles and some fall backs, but she pushed through and dug deep to make sure each of our sessions together would get her closer to finishing this climb.  The last time I saw Kat before the big climb, I gave her a huge hug and told her she can do it!  Even though she was ready, I could tell she was extremely nervous and anxious,  but I knew deep down that she had trained extremely hard and could complete this task.

On the big day I text Kat to wish her luck, not that she needed it and got a text back after she completed the climb and photo's sent to me.  How happy she was to complete this gigantic task, with a huge smile on her face!!!  It was fantastic to see her face light up as I knew how much of an accomplishment this was to her and also how much money she had raised for such a good cause.  What a great success story. Well done Kat!!

A message from Kat - "Hi all, as you may know, I've just taken part in the vertical rush, 'running' up tower 42 in London. I did it in 34.14 which is epically slow but I'm really proud of myself! Kit Wong - I really appreciate the squats and lunges now as my legs feel fine, it's just a new windpipe I need! :)"

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Lukes run through hell! - Hell Runner 2013 - Hell Up NorthLuke5

Luke ran his very first mud run this year, this isn't your normal run of the mill 5k or 10k mud run....it was the treacherous Hellrunner - Hell Up North, 10-12miles of pure HELL

His success story begins..... 6 weeks out before the big run on November 2013,  I trained with Luke to increase his distance running, uphill running strength, running technique and general tips about mud runs.  He improved tremendously and he was able to keep on pushing and increasing his running distance.  Soon enough hit the 8-10mile mark comfortably.  He continued with resistance training in the gym to improve lower body strength for the steeper hills and climbs.

After weeks of intense training and many morning runs with him in the rain and cold, the day came.  He packed his trainers, packed his supplies and he hit this mental run!

His training paid of, Luke ran an amazing time and completed the course without any major injuries and even with a smile on his mud covered face! His time was 3hours 40minutes, which is an incredible feat! This course is deadly, there are hills to make your knees quiver, fallen trees and branches to maneuver over or under and so much thick mud you can (and people do) lose their trainers and posessions in it, not to even mention the black swampy lake you have to virtually swim through for 15-20 minutes!  Luke gave it everything, his physical training, mental preparation and pure spirit allowed him to complete this race and more important, really enjoy and embrace it.

With Luke's success of his first mud run he wants to continue this into 2014 and plans to run Hell Runner again and run his first obstacle course, the infamous Tough Mudder.  Stay tuned as this man keeps getting stronger, keeps getting faster and keeps getting fitter! I hope to have the pleasure of working with him again soon! Well done Luke!

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