Posts Tagged ‘half marathon training’

Intermediate to Brighton/Worthing Half Marathon

November 19, 2016 at 8:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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If you’re already comfortable running to six miles but want the company, motivation and added support of going longer, our intermediate course is for you.

You can choose to join us at various dates along your half marathon journey, allowing you to get the support you need, when you need it.

From 6 miles and upwards, start 19th November (other runs are mainly on Sundays)

From 8 miles and upwards, start 4th December

The final slog to 13.1 miles, stat 8th January

For locations of all the runs, please click here. They vary week to week.



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Run Strong

October 14, 2016 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Aimed at helping those runners who are undertaking endurance events of half marathon or over, this eight week strength and core based exercise class will help to build efficiency, speed and stability and prevent injury.

Each class lasts 45 minutes and is available as a class drop in if space is available. Ideally, it should be taken as a course so that we can help you build and adapt as your body becomes stronger.

(Injured runners or those returning from a recent injury should try the Run Rehab class first).



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Run Club Testimonials

August 5, 2015 at 11:32
Posted by Rachael Woolston

I’ve gained fitness, self confidence and friends who are like a second family

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I’m Anna, and I’m a runner.  That’s not a phrase you would have heard cross my lips until a couple of years ago.

I’ve always loved sport, and tried my hand at loads of different ones, but being “a runner”? Nah.

That was until I started running with Fitbitch. I’ve learned techniques that have changed my running posture (you try holding Pringles whilst sprinting and not crushing them…), developed core strength and stability (squats and burpees are your friend, honest!), cultivated mental fortitude and confidence to keep pushing (when really I wanted to cry), smashed my ParkRun personal best, and made a group of friends that feel like my second family.

Running gives me headspace, fitness, confidence and friendship. But sometimes it’s just about the running.

Anna Stavrianakis (second from left ), 37, university lecturer

I could run 5km in 40 minutes, now I’m sub 25

I joined Fitbitch because I wanted to get fitter and reach my first 10km, as well as gain coaching advice on my running technique and to meet new people.

I’d never done anything remotely sporty before, and the only running I’d done was via the Couch to 5km IPhone app.

The first run we did was a five mile trail run through Stanmer Park which was gorgeous. It was challenging but everyone was so encouraging and supportive, it kept me going.  I was absolutely hooked from that moment.

Running with Fitbitch is awesome, you learn loads and you push yourself much more than you’d ever do alone. When I joined Fitbitch, I could just about run 5km in around 40 minutes. Now, I’ve got that down to a below 25 minutes and have not only run 10km races, but half marathons too – plus I’ve lost so much weight.

I’d never have achieved this without the support of the Fitbitch coaches and community.

I’ve met and made friends and met some of the kindest, funniest, most inspirational women I’ve ever met.

Alice Reeves, 29, digital content strategist

 

It’s fantastic being able to train with my daughter
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Running with my daughter, Romy has given a new dimension to our relationship. It allows me an insight into her character I’m not sure I would have witnessed if we hadn’t done the course together.
I see how determined she is, how much she can push herself, how much she likes to be challenged and how strong she is, physically & mentally.
I want her to know that anything is achievable in life, and running is a great metaphor for her to understand this!
She’s become much more interested in fitness since taking up running, even using her Christmas money to buy new kit. Best of all, she is now confident enough to volunteer to run 800m at school sports day.
It’s made her more confident and I love the fact that I get to share the experience of running with her. It allows her to see me in a new light too; I’m not just a mum!

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I’ve really enjoyed the course which has made me realise how much I love running. Rachael challenges me to do my best and it makes me feel really proud of myself.
She never doubts that I will be able to do anything and doesn’t treat me differently just because I’m a child.
It’s also nice to be involved with such a different mixture of women who are all really nice. And I love doing it with my mum, even though I’ve discovered we’re quite competitive on the sprint finish!

Tanya Taylor, 41 and Romy, 12, mother of four

I’ve achieved so much in one running course

 

Every session of the course, Run for the Hills, was different and while each was challenging, it left me with such a great sense of achievement each time.

Before this course, I didn’t feel strong or capable enough to do hill repeats but now, I feel confident and a better runner.

The group support was amazing and it never felt like we were competing, but helping each other to be the best we could be.

Rachael is great at inspiring and motivating the group, and believing in each of us and what we can achieve. I also loved the yoga at the end of the session, the perfect complement to a challenging session.

Sarah Crosier, 39, IT project manager

I went from 500metres to 10km in ten weeks

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When I joined I couldn’t run 500m and on my last session, ten weeks later, I ran 10km off road!  Rachael is an amazing coach who believed in me, which gave me the confidence to keep on running.

Whilst, I thought I was built to eat cake, she proved to me that I was also built to run and eat cake!

Alicia Ryan-Gywnn, far right

Fitbitch trail running courses are incredible

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For introducing you to the sheer feelgood bliss of running in beautiful countryside, the weekend and Learn to Run 10km trails course can’t be beaten.

I’ve always been nervous of running on trails, preferring to stick to parks and roads, but Fitbitch running has introduced me to local trails that I didn’t even know existed, giving me the confidence to explore on my own.

Our coach, Rachael gave every one of us personalised advice, to help us improve our technique which helped me to run better and further.

We were all different speeds but Rachael adapted each session so that no one got left behind and we all achieved our goals.

I’ve done Fitbitch boot camps, as well as HiiT and the running club, and the camaraderie and support from everyone involved in incredible.

All of us on our running course enjoyed it so much that we’re planning to meet every week to continue our trail running.

Andrea Childs (far right), journalist, 46

I’ve conquered my fear of running up hills

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I really loved the Run for the Hills course with Rachael. I’ve never enjoyed running up hills, but this course really helped me overcome my fear and actually enjoy them.

I felt a real sense of accomplishment after each session and feel fitter and no longer will fear the hill. I particularly loved ending the class with a yoga for runners session on the beach at sunset.

Rosie Beale, 35, massage therapist

I’ve improved so much and gained my run mojo

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Run for the Hills was the first running course I’ve ever taken, and it’s transformed my running. It was great to join such a positive group and rather than fearing the training, I looked forward to each one.
I’ve learned so much alongside a brilliant group of runners, who have all been so supportive. And most importantly, it’s helped motivate me to get off the sofa and train.
I loved the challenge of doing things I’d not normally think of doing myself, and surprised myself with how much difference it’s made to my technique, endurance and enjoyment of running overall.
Each session finished with yoga and Rachael’s knowledge on the correct form for running and yoga has been a huge benefit in helping to prevent soreness and improve recovery times.
Now, I feel I can go out for a run and push myself to achieve more.
I loved the course so much, I’ve signed up for another one. Being part of such a friendly, supportive group with the added benefit of great coaching is an unbeatable combination.

 Cassie McManus (top row, third right), 37, engineering consultant

Fitbitch running courses are the best

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I had lost my motivation for running after endless runs along Hove seafront, and so I signed up for a 10 mile trail running course to try something new.

There is nothing comparative to the Fitbitch running group to help motivate you, and this course did not disappoint.  It was fun, friendly and informative with great tips from the coaches on how to approach hill running and even when you felt the top of the hill wasn’t in sight, the Fitbitch community got you to the top.

Sally Crundwell, 31, human resources manager

I couldn’t have run a marathon without Fitbitch


I’d progressed from my first 5k to a half marathon training with Fitbitch, so there was no question of training with anyone else after signing up for my first marathon in 2012.  

I knew that lots of people don’t make it to the actual race due to injury and poor training, and I wanted the support and expertise from the Fitbitch running coaches,  as well as the encouragement and friendship of training with a group of women working towards the same goal.

The combination of strength/pace training and long runs on Sunday helped me increase my distance and confidence. And the support of Kate, and the other coaches really helped me get back to training when I came down with an illness in February. Their expertise helped me to adapt my training plan and still accomplish the race.

Fitbitch puts the personal into their group training, which makes all the difference.

Jenny Holmes, 43, human resources executive

From 10km to the ice challenges, Fitbitch has given me the confidence to pursue my dreams

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I ran my first half marathon five months after I signed up for my first training run with Fitbitch as a complete beginner.

Amazing to consider that I had avoided exercise for over 20 years, I didn’t even run for a bus and I only stopped smoking three years ago.

I started running around the park on my own, and just about managed to get to 5km, some of it walking. And so after signing up for the Brooks 10k, I decided I needed help from the Fitbitch.

My first Sunday training run along the seafront was hard but the support I got was incredible. The coaches understand how you’re feeling,  provide useful tips and generally just keep you going.

Not only have I changed as a runner but my body is so different, I’m slimmer,  my clothes fit and it doesn’t matter even if I have the occasional food splurge.

I’ve now run half marathons, hilly trail runs, and am undergoing personal running training to complete the Polar Ice Marathon and Half Marathon in October 2015.

Training with Fitbitch has given me the confidence and the skills to take on any kind of running and challenge.

Clare Lusted, 38, pensions executive

Run for the Hills taught me so much and has made me a better runner

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After years of just running on my own, I’ve learned so much about technique and finally I understand the importance of cadence. On my course, Run for the Hills, we were all very different levels. I was one of the slower ones but I was never made to feel like that because the course was cleverly designed so that all the runners were staggered.

This helped motivate me a lot because it meant that at times, I’d be chasing someone down in front of me, or I’d be pushing harder when I could hear someone behind me.

This course challenged me and ensured I pushed myself far more than I ever would on my own. Which has made all the difference to my running.

Laura Marshall

After 42 years, I finally can think of myself as a fast runner

Rachael was an extremely motivating coach! I only managed to make four of the six run for the Hills sessions but even within that space of my time, my speed has increased significantly due to Rachael’s instructions on technique, and her refusal to let me walk or give up any point. My perception of myself as being somebody with stamina but no speed has changed after 42 years!

Clare Mansfield



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OMM Kamleika Race Jacket

November 10, 2014 at 8:36
Posted by Rachael Woolston

The race jacket

We’ve said it before and now, with the rain pounding the streets and the thought of long training runs coming up, it seems a great time to say it again…but hands down the very best running jacket you can get is the race jacket by Original Mountain Marathon.

Developed by the organisers of Snowdonia’s Original Mountain Marathon, these jackets are not cheap but they are worth every penny.

I have had the good fortune (well, perhaps running outside in the pouring rain for hours may not be seen as good fortune by some) to try out a lot of performance kit. And nothing compares to the OMM.

Any rain, from a drizzle to a downright deluge, runs off this jacket like water off a duck’s back. But more importantly, you can run and even sprint wearing this and the inside of the jacket remains bone dry rather than getting sweaty.

And that is a very, very rare property in a running jacket.

As you might expect of a company that puts on a race in the variable conditions of Snowdonia, where the elements can suddenly change in seconds, every little detail of this jacket has been brilliantly thought out.

With velcro fastenings at the cuffs to keep out the cold on the arms, a drawstring at the bottom, as well as a two way zip which means you can udo the jacket from the bottom for air circulation.

It is also made of a material that moves and stretches as you move, not like the usual polyester/nylon mix of most running jackets.

And then there is the hood.

Anyone  who exercises or runs regularly will get what I’m saying here. There is nothing more irritating than putting your jacket hood up, only to turn your head and find yourself looking at the inside of your hood.

This hood moves with you, and it doesn’t even flop over your face as you run staying perfectly in place.

The price? The jackets range from approximately £130 to £234 depending on style and colour.

Available at www.wiggle.co.uk and www.amazon.co.uk

www.theomm.com



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Run Club training: Building endurance & mental stamina

July 13, 2011 at 2:07
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Join the FB running crew

Join us for a beautiful run starting from Stanmer Park, this Sunday July 17th, at 8.30am.

Start building your stamina, endurance, as well as mental strength with our long runs in the country. Depending on your current running ability, there are three distances to choose from, each one of them lead by a FitBitch Running Coach or Ambassador.

On this run, you will get to experience a variety of terrains and beautiful scenery as you take trails through the woods and up to Ditchling Beacon – for those going the long route.

If you are training for Palma Half Marathon or the 10k on October 16th (if you are interested in joining us, get in touch NOW!), this is Week Three. Try to come to the run, or if not, fit this distance in on your own or with a fellow FitBitch Runner.

(If you need a running buddy during the week, or for a long run that you can’t make with the group, post a message on our FB Facebook site. Or contact our dedicated Twitter running list.)

Following the long run, founder Rachael Woolston, a trained yoga teacher will take a 10min yoga for runners warm down and stretch (weather permitting!) PLEASE let us know if you are coming by adding a comment to this post so we can get extra running coaches if needed.

The Routes are as follows:
Going Long (14.5-15kms or 9miles) – led by Rachael

Week Three Palma Long Distance 14.5-15kms
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Building up (9.5-10kms or 5.9miles) led by Katie

Week Three Palma Long Distance 14.5-15kms
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Starting out and 10K crew (8kms/4.9miles) led by Melissa

Starting out & 10k crew Week Three Palma
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Location: Stanmer Park, meeting car park to the right of entrance as you enter
Time: 8.30am
Main contact: Rachael 07855 742195
Date 17th July 2011
Drop in rate: £5



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Want to learn how to run? Or run faster and further?

April 11, 2011 at 8:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Whether you are just starting out and want to learn to run with us, or you want to train for a race and run for longer, get faster, or both, we can help you achieve your goals while being part of a great community so that it’s fun too.

WE HAVE NOW REBRANDED ALL OUR RUNNING COURSES, CLASSES AND TRIPS TO GIRLS RUN THE WORLD –  YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT OUR BRIGHTON COURSES BY CLICKING HERE.

WE ALSO RUN VIRTUAL COURSES, CHALLENGES AND MORE.

JOIN OUR BRIGHTON AND HOVE  GIRLS RUN THE WORLD FACEBOOK GROUP HERE

 



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