Episode 128: Lawrence Avery did not start running until he was 30 years old. Almost a decade later he is running sub 2:30, has a successful coaching business and splits his time between his home UK and Kenya. We discuss what inspired him to get running, how an injury lead to his passion for coaching and what he has learned spending that time in Kenya.
:40 Got into running much later, not until he was 30
3:10 When you decided you wanted to run a marathon, how did that training go?
4:35 Were the 5ks the only racing you did in your marathon build up?
5:03 How many people show up for free 5ks in the park?
6:18 So is the running scene really healthy in the UK?
7:50 How big of an impact has Mo had on the running scene?
8:25 Was there anything that drew you towards the sport to start competing?
9:10 When did you go to Kenya to train?
9:46 What have you learned from your time there?
12:03 You picture everyone in Kenya running, is it that way, or it is it the ones who do run just have a lot of success?
12:44 How has your coaching changes because of the Kenya experience?
13:26 So with the easy runs being so easy to do you just say effort of giving them a pace?
13:59 What distances do you coach?
15:42 In the UK is there an emphasis on BQ or do you focus more on European marathons?
16:25 What is your buildup plan like for the marathon?
18:12 Give us an example of a key workout you do during the 10-week marathon training
19:45 Where can they learn more about your coaching?
20:15 Tell us about the contest you are running right now
Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite endurance/running book? – British Marathon Legands of 1980’s
Current trainers you are wearing? – Vapor Fly
Favorite race? – Night of the 10,000 PB’s
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? – Smoothie with milk, oatmeal and peanut butter
Your favorite workout – Long marathon pace repeats