Winter Warm Weather Training Camp! Q&A with experienced coach Robin Brew
We caught up with the vastly experienced marathon and triathlon coach Robin Brew to discuss his 2020 warm weather marathon training camp at the world’s number one active holiday resort Club La Santa in Lanzarote. Robin’s camp takes place on January 30th – February 6th 2020 so it’s ideally timed for those of you who want to better your preparation in time for the spring marathon season. Wherever your next race is, this camp will allow you to enjoy a week of quality training without being hampered by the weather in the UK. Read below to find out more about how warm weather winter training can benefit you!
Q1) Why should runners consider including a warm weather training camp as part of their training?
It is important to first-hand experience the effects on your body and understanding how your body works in the heat and humidity. As a result, athletes have a better understanding of the benefits of having a well-planned hydration, cooling and energy strategy that can play a big part in optimising performance.
Q2) What are the benefits of warm weather training?
Warm weather conditions are ideal for getting in the consistency of training. Environments like Lanzarote and Club La Santa have some of the most idyllic running trails in the world. Miles and miles of soft sandy trails ensure that impact on the joints is minimised. Temperatures ranging from 24-30 degrees are great for keeping muscles loose and relaxed especially during pre-run mobility and activation and post run stretching. It’s always nice to do this important aspect of running in the sunshine.
Q3) Do you feel that warm weather training is better when done as a group?
Interestingly, when groups of runners come together something special happens. The runs become more rhythmical, everyone is chatting on longer runs when you ensure the pace is appropriate. The quality work becomes more motivating as you have others supporting you, challenging you and working with you all with the same goal, to improve. In warm weather, everyone is happy. Blue sky has an amazing effect on the soul, not to mention vital vitamin D.
Q4) You organise warm weather winter training camps, what’s unique about these and how can they help runners with their training?
Yes, Robin Brew Sports have been running a range of coaching & training camps for more than 30 years in Lanzarote and other warm weather venues. Runners have joined us at Club La Santa this last year from the UK and Europe with a goal to improve their running for marathons, half marathons and 10k’s. What we have found is that runners are benefiting from the value-added training which complements their schedules. Our course programme incorporates a great deal of technique and skill training with the use of video analysis. Also, many runners are very inflexible and are prone to injury…so our highly experienced in-house physio’s and coaches ensure that our mobility and activation programmes pre and post runs and our integrated strengthening programme (gym, yoga, Pilates, swimming) helps to improve specific running mobility and strength. We highlight the possible 20-30% gains in performance as a result of including these fundamental aspects into training on a regular basis without stressing the body with high mileage.
Q5) Why do you like using Lanzarote and in particular why do you like using Club La Santa for your warm weather training camps?
Without doubt Lanzarote and Club La Santa are amongst the very best places in the world to train. The Island is far enough south to benefit from all year-round warmth. In December this year it was 25C! Club La Santa has incredible facilities and it provides the perfect base for runners and families alike. You can actually have a family holiday as well as a very focused training camp to boost performance and knowledge. More than that Club La Santa has an ambiance that is unique and once visited it is very hard to then go somewhere else as nothing quite compares.
Q6) Regarding your marathon training camp, what technical aspects can someone expect to improve on and why are these important for marathon running?
Having already discussed the importance of technique skill, mobility and strength training. The priority with the camp members is to identify what their limiting factors are…statements like “I don’t seem to be able to get faster no matter how much training I do” or “I’m always injured” are very common. We aim to help runners identify what is missing and how to optimise training. It all goes a long way to help runners get back on track. Confidence grows when you know you are doing the right training. It also helps you to take your performances to the next level without fear of injury. All our camps use video analysis during key sessions to ensure technique is highlighted and areas for improvement can be addressed. Running efficiently and at the correct pace is part and parcel of improving performance.
Club La Santa is the world’s number one sports and activities resort with outstanding facilities for running including an on-site 400m track and an abundance of beautiful coastal routes on trails and the road.
Robin Brew Sports has been running international training and coaching camps for more than three decades and he has a wealth of experience in the organisation and delivery of outstanding coaching. Whatever your ability level, or experience you will find the Warm Weather Marathon Training Camp a valuable and hugely enjoyable experience and one that is likely to put you on the start line in the shape of your life. With a great coaching team delivering invaluable marathon preparation training, you can be assured of a warm welcome and a highly rewarding and specific programme of activities bespoke for runners preparing for important races.
Robin’s Marathon Training Camp takes place from 30th January 2020 – 6th February 2020 so it is ideally placed in preparation for the start of the 2020 marathon season. You can join Robin and his team at Club La Santa by booking the camp here!
It was a wild weekend at the Marathon du Mont Blanc. Sadly the weather closed in and put paid to some events but a number of our runners completed the full marathon around Europe’s highest peak. Congratulations to everyone on a mega achievement 🏔