SERVICES

COACHING

 

I hold a British Athletics ‘Athletics Coach’ licence, which qualifies and insures me to coach unsupervised. I have also passed the ‘Coaching Assistant’ and ‘Leader in Running Fitness’ qualifications.

 

I now offer running coaching to all levels of distance runners, covering topics including training, race preparation, nutrition, hydration, injury-prevention, strength & conditioning, and mental training. I coach in person or remotely (by phone/email), and offer coaching individually or in small groups. I also do running workshops (theory and/or practical) for clubs, companies and other organisations.

 

Examples of recent coaching activities I have
done include:

 

  • Mitsubishi Corporation, London: series of three coaching sessions for beginners and intermediates;
  • Japanese Running Club, London: series of three coaching sessions to prepare members for Paris Marathon;
  • One-to-one coaching on running and general conditioning for girls aged 10/11;
  • Running Masterclasses for corporate donors to the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust;
  • ‘Flying Coach’ visit for Kent London Athletics Network;
  • Drills and conditioning coaching at Surrey Schools Athletics Days;
  • Volunteer assistant coaching at St Mary’s College, Twickenham.

 

If you would like to book me for coaching, or a workshop, please get in touch. I am based in SW London but am happy to travel further afield.

WRITING

 

I never thought of myself as a writer, but the more I do it, the more I love it, especially the endless challenge of capturing in words how running feels - the exhilaration, freedom, sense of satisfaction and sheer joy of it!

 

Examples of writing I have done recently include:

 

  • A monthly blog for ‘Run England’ – England Athletics’ website which aims to encourage beginners and non-runners to take up running;

  • An article for the BBC website’s ‘Get Inspired’ page on my top ten reasons to run;

  • An article for Japanese airline, JAL’s in-flight magazine on running in Tokyo;

  • My marathon top tips for the website of race agency ‘Run Fast’ based in London;

  • An article for the Girls Day School Trust’s alumnae e-magazine; 

  • A report for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s website on a Running Masterclass I coached on their behalf.    

 

My next goal is to write my first book, so watch this space! If you would like me to write for a magazine, book or other publication, please get in touch. My blog on this website gives a flavour of my style of writing. 

SPEAKING

 

During my athletics career and since, I have spoken at a variety of events in English and Japanese, including key-note speeches, talk-shows, Q&As, and informal talks. Examples of speaking engagements I have recently delivered include:

 

  • A motivational presentation to staff at Liberty Specialty Markets, the City of London;

  • LoveWorkLife seminar on recruitment at Mishcon de Reya, London;

  • Opening speech at 2014 GeoCom Conference, Warwick;

  • A speech on preparing for the London 2012 Olympics for The Japan Chamber of Commerce, London (in Japanese);

  • A motivational speech to staff and customers of Virgin Atlantic, Japan (in Japanese);

  • Informal talks to runner participants on the ASICS/Runners’ World Paris Marathon 26.2 Project;

  • Primary and secondary school events including sports days, prize-giving occasions and school assemblies;

  • ‘Preparing for a Spring Marathon’ workshop for England Athletics.   

 

I speak on running-related issues (training, preparing for competition, nutrition etc), but also on more generic themes which are applicable to work and everyday life, including:

 

  • Getting the very best out of yourself;

  • Setting goals and achieving your dreams;

  • How to plan and develop a road-map for success;

  • Delivering results when it matters;

  • Maximising performance under pressure;

  • Handling set-backs and overcoming adversity.

 

If you would like to book me for a speaking engagement, please get in touch.    

© 2018 Mara Yamauchi | Photos © marimo images

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