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Girls Run the World – Learn to Run

September 13, 2017 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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Get fit, strong and boost those feel good endorphins with our friendly learn to run five week course. You’ll meet us once a week for a coached run with some strength and conditioning and do two sessions on your own (or meet up with others in the group) following the  Girls Run the World training plan.

Don’t worry about what level you are or holding people back, if you want to run and get in shape, we will get you there via the training methods that we’ve used for over eight years and which have helped hundreds of women become runners.

 



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Reboot Bodies, Hove

September 4, 2017 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

For those who can’t commit to every session, there are drop-ins available to a minimum of eight.

EARLY BIRD For those ready to focus for the entire month, book in advance by Saturday 19th August, using the code RebootEB* at the final booking stage for a 10% discount. The code can only be used if booking a full four week course.

CHOOSE FROM 6.15AM -7.00AM OR 7.00AM-7.45AM

FOR PRICES AND BOOKING CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION ON THE BOOKING PAGE AND CLICK DETAILS

 

It doesn’t matter what your life stage, age or fitness level…if you want to get fit, lose weight, start running, boost your endorphins, balance your  hormones, get in shape for a wedding/after a baby, we are experts in women’s fitness, nutrition and health. This small group course combined with an optional eating plan will get you in fantastic shape and most importantly, feeling great.

If you commit to each session, you will lose inches, you will get fitter and best of all, it will be an experience that you’ll enjoy rather than just endure.

Every session is different, we have a team of fantastic coaches and no matter how you feel when you arrive each session, you’ll leave glowing.



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Reboot Bodies, Queen’s Park


Posted by Rachael Woolston

For those who can’t commit to every session, there are drop-ins available to a minimum of eight.

EARLY BIRD For those ready to focus for the entire month, book in advance by Saturday 19th August, using the code RebootEB* at the final booking stage for a 10% discount. The code is only valid on those booking a full course of 12.

CHOOSE FROM 6.15AM -7.00AM OR 7.00AM-7.45AM

FOR PRICES AND BOOKING CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION ON THE BOOKING PAGE AND CLICK DETAILS

 

It doesn’t matter what your life stage, age or fitness level…if you want to get fit, lose weight, start running, boost your endorphins, balance your  hormones, get in shape for a wedding/after a baby, we are experts in women’s fitness, nutrition and health. This small group course combined with an optional eating plan will get you in fantastic shape and most importantly, feeling great.

If you commit to each session, you will lose inches, you will get fitter and best of all, it will be an experience that you’ll enjoy rather than just endure.

Every session is different, we have a team of fantastic coaches and no matter how you feel when you arrive each session, you’ll leave glowing.



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Learn to Run 5km, Hove Seafront

January 11, 2017 at 7:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 

Aimed at total beginners and those returning to running, this course aims to help you get fit, stronger and learn great technique to make running feel easier. Our aim to help you to reach your first 5km but any progress is achievement. You can download our plans for free here

Our early bird price of £40 ends 19th December, thereafter it is £50. To book the course, visit the booking page and choose Beginners. You will receive an email confirmation on booking containing all the necessary information, as well as a health form that must be filled out prior to commencement of the course.

 

 



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Learn to Run 5km

November 1, 2016 at 9:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fed up with starting a couch to 5km programme on a phone app and never quite reaching your target? Make running fun and reach your goal in five weeks with our fun, group based training where you’ll learn techniques to make running easier and feel motivated and inspired by  your coach and those who you learn with. As a special  offer, all those who sign up to our Learn to run 5km also get complimentary access to our RunFit classes during the time of their course (1 per week).

You can download our complimentary beginners programme here

 



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Event Review: Bright10

October 23, 2016 at 4:12
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Wind and torrential rain greeted runners taking on the Bright10 this year. But it didn’t deter Laura Marshall who ran her first 10 mile race…

I am not  sure what persuaded me to enter the Bright10 mile race as previously, I had always set 10km as my upper distance saying I’d never run longer. A lot came down to the fact that it was not a half marathon (too big a leap from 10km in my mind), it was local which meant that I could walk to the event and the encouragement from the fellow Fitbitch community.

As the event neared and I was juggling commuting to London for work, setting up my own business and raising a toddler, I wondered how I was going to manage it. Then, the Fitbitch Learn to Run 10 miles course came along, that included trails, road, hilly and flat runs to help build mileage which also helped me keep to a plan and stay focused.

On the night before the race, I was feeling quite calm but then I awoke to the windows being thrashed with rain, and the wind whistling around the house. Not the weather conditions I really had in mind, cue the nerves. However, I stuck to my morning run plan; breakfast, running outfit,   foam rolling, and it totally helped me to calm down. And thankfully, by the time I arrived at the race start, the rain had stopped.

 

The wind had not alas, and the first two miles were hard as we ran into the wind and it gusted sideways. But then the wind dropped and the sun came out! I ran with a fellow runner which worked well as we both had someone to chat to, which was needed when supporters petered out passed Kemp Town just when you needed them on the climb up to Roedean. Having said, that the coaching tips  of “stand tall”, “shoulders back”, “small steps” and “use your arms” had been drummed into us and it helped me get up the hill.

 

At this point, I should say that it is an entirely road race and at times pretty unattractive if you looked the wrong way – coaches park one way but beautiful sea the other. But the marshals were great and cheering loudly as were the volunteers at the water stations (three in total).

As we headed west from Black Rock, I was familiar with the route and was counting down to the end. The crowds picked up again from the Pier to the finish, with one final double backing by Hove Lawns. “Sprint finish?” said Ness, my running partner. “SPRINT? I’ll go a bit faster,” was my response, although then I went a bit faster still when I saw familiar faces at the end.

It was a great race and I felt amazing to have achieved my ten mile race goal, even with poor weather. And the strangest thing is, that half marathon now doesn’t seem such a big leap!

If you wish to join our community in training for the Brighton or Worthing Half Marathon, our beginners training starts November 6th. Details here.

Race Goody Bag: Haul it or Hoard it?

Well, neither, as there wasn’t one. The medal is a beaut though and we were handed water at the end – I didn’t go for the sports drink on offer or the Clif Bar.

The Good

  • Even with the road closures, it was easy to get to and with the Race Village on Hove Lawns, nothing felt cramped.
  • Three water stations were ample.
  • I thought the double-backing would frustrate me but I enjoyed seeing familiar faces a couple of times.

The Bad

I am glad I didn’t need the toilet as those queues were huge even with a few minutes until the start time.

The Ugly

There was nothing ugly. The day before, someone did mention to me that they no longer to pay to run in their home town/city. I can see their point as a lot of this was very familiar to me but it was the mileage that was my goal.

 

 



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Improve to 10km

October 18, 2016 at 9:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you can already run 5km and would love to build your distance, this is the course for  you. A five week course accompanied by our training plan will help you to build gradually with lots of technique advice and within a group of like-minded women.

Download your training plan here

Please note, the first two weeks are 45 minutes, the remaining three are one hour.



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Learn to Run 5km

September 14, 2016 at 7:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Our Learn to Run 5km is a fun, friendly five week course that will help you to get fit and develop your running endurance and fitness. It is accompanied by a training plan which will receive upon booking.

Sessions last for 45 minutes

Many other learn to run courses stretch to ten weeks. But we have been running these courses now for over five years and have helped hundreds of runners, including total beginners, reach their goal by week five.

If you DON’T reach your target (and have attended every session and followed our plan) then you can re-take a course for free. But we are 100% confident in our methods which are tried and tested.

This course is for complete beginners and will build you up from zero to 5km . It is also perfect for lapsed runners or those looking to build their confidence.



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Learn to Run 10km


Posted by Rachael Woolston

Want to run your first 10km and finish it off by running Brighton Brooks 10km on November 13th? Join our ten week course for total beginners and we will help build your distance and confidence so that you are ready to take on your first event with the Fitbitch running community.



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Learn to Run 5km

September 13, 2016 at 9:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Course Dates Tues 13th September – Tues Oct 11th

Learn to Run 5km is a fun, friendly five week course that will help you to get fit and develop your running endurance and fitness. It is accompanied by a training plan which you can download from our website free at www.fitbitchrunning.com.

Sessions last for 45 minutes

Many other learn to run courses stretch to ten weeks. But we have been running these courses now for over five years and have helped hundreds of runners, including total beginners, reach their goal by week five.

If you DON’T reach your target (and have attended every session) then you can re-take a course for free. But we are 100% confident in our methods which are tried and tested.

This course is for complete beginners and will build you up from zero to 5km . It is also perfect for lapsed runners or those looking to build their confidence.



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Learn to Run 10km

September 6, 2016 at 9:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Course Dates – Tues 6th September – 8th Nov

Want to run your first 10km and finish it off by running Brighton Brooks 10km on November 13th? Join our ten week course for total beginners and we will help build your distance and confidence so that you are ready to take on your first event with the Fitbitch running community.



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The Diary of a Running Mum: What to Wear

August 5, 2016 at 11:48
Posted by Rachael Woolston

At the beginning of 2016, Fitbitch runner and mum of four, Tanya Taylor took on the challenge of running every day. Perhaps not surprisingly, she’s become an expert at what to wear.

Missed Tanya’s earlier despatches? catch up with her first and second despatches here

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Running through poppy fields with my daughter, Romy in July. Miles run this year: 836 Number of feet climbed: 46,988

 

I want to take you back to the year 2007. This was the year I first started to run. I had given birth to my fourth child six months before, and had recently stopped breastfeeding. I was horrendously self-conscious of my body and felt at a total loss with my identity. I was worn out and could hardly string a sentence together without punctuating it with “I’m SO tired” every other second. I felt dull and unattractive. Having four children under the age 9 was all consuming. The frustrations of not being able to fit into the clothes I wanted to wear, in order to feel like the person I knew I was, had found me, in a roundabout way, standing at my local park about to attempt to run for the first time since school. I had signed up for a 10k race in Bournemouth with some of my friends, and training was about to begin.

 

Now at this point, I need to tell you that clothes and fashion have always played a huge part in my life. For every significant moment in my past, I can tell you EXACTLY what I was wearing and probably where I bought it. My grandmother used to style Princesses and movie stars back in the 1950’s, it’s in my blood. So when I think back to this day, I don’t remember how the run went, or how I felt afterwards. I do rememb
er the ridiculously inappropriate ‘Leroy from Kids from Fame’ running ensemble though – men’s cotton Carhartt tracksuit bottoms, vintage Nike Windjammer and an old pair of vintage Nike trainers that I had bought in NYC ten years before. NOT an outfit I can recommend!

Nine years on and I officially suffer from running kit OCD. I can now browse endless rails of lux-sportswear and know exactly what will work and what won’t. I can touch a fabric and know whether it will be gentle on my weather beaten skin or cause multiple unsightly chaffing sores. I can assess a neck line at the blink of an eye and know if I’ll look more Jeff Capes than Jessica Ennis. I need my kit to look good, feel comfortable and to ‘perform’.

More and more high street stores are now meeting the demand for women’s technical sportswear, and if you shop wisely, you can get some bargains. H&M have a great range (which my daughter also loves), and Topshop’s collaboration with Beyonce, Ivy Park, has some great pieces which I’m desperate to sample. Sweaty Betty and Lululemon always drop great prints in their collections, and their products perform well if your budget allows their above average price tag. TKMaxx is brilliant for a bargain, and is pretty well organised, so don’t be put off by the volume of stock.

Wearing good kit really does enhance your running, if you feel good from the off, then your run will start (and hopefully end) well – trust me!

Here’s my guide to the perfect capsule running kit for Autumn

  • Nike Epic Lux, £70

  • The best running leggings I’ve found so far. You can buy them cropped or in full length, and although I prefer the basic black, they are also available in seasonal colours and patterns. The waistband is high (and VERY comfortable) so there is no danger of the dreaded muffin top spoiling your instagram snaps. Try not to baulk at the price, they last for ages, I promise.
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  • Zoot Women’s West Coast Singlet, from £30

  • Light, breathable, well fitted and stylish, my favourite new find. Feels great on and has reflective details for night running. It also has UPF 50+ sun protection so great for hotter runs, holidays or the Girls Run the World trips. Available online from The Triathlon Shop.

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  • Nike Dri-Fit Knit long-sleeve, from £41

  • A brilliant layering piece for cooler days, I’ve had mine for two years now and it’s still going strong. The Dri-FIT fabric keeps you dry and comfortable, whilst the knit-in mesh fabric allows breathability. Thumbholes help to keep your hands warm, and the seamless construction gives enhanced comfort. These tops nearly always get reduced in Net-a-Porter’s end of season sales by half price.
  • OMM Kameleika Race Jacket, from £128

  • A favourite amongst Fitbitch runners, although it doesn’t come cheap. The jacket is waterproof, breathable and has a 4-way stretch making it perfect for running without restriction. It is superlight and has taped seams and lovely big pockets. The price tag reflects the technical detail of this running jacket, and it is an investment piece. Worth it if you run a lot or are thinking of taking up adventure races.

    Muji Hairband

  • If you have long hair that needs tying back, you will understand the frustrations of running with your hair falling out of your topknot and into your eyes. I have used these hairbands for many years. They are THE BEST. You will thank me for this nugget.

    Balega Enduro Low Cut Sock, from £10.56

    Great colours, well cushioned without over heating your feet, and the top of the sock doesn’t dig into your ankles to give you ‘cankles’. I love these socks! Available from Wiggle.

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  • Sweaty Betty Stamina Bra, £35

  • Hmm…this is my biggest struggle as I have quite a broad back (swimming), but smallish boobs (breastfeeding four children.) I find the ease of an overhead bra with no fastenings preferable. Try Sweaty Betty for this style. Lots of my more well endowed running buddies swear by Shock Absorber. Be aware that when you run your ribs expand with your breathing, so you don’t want the band to feel too tight.
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  • Flip belt, £25

  • This tubular running belt fits snuggly on your hips without budging and you can choose between small, medium and large. The slits are perfect for your iphone, keys (there is a key attatchment for extra security) and gels. Although they now do one with zips, the one without is perfect – it’s comfortable and there are no buckles to rub. Available in a choice of colours and machine washable.

My top tracks to get you running this month

 

Arctic Monkeys – Do me a Favour

 

LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous

 

Britney Spears –Womanizer

 

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

 

Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries

Don’t miss Tanya’s next report coming in September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Learn to Run 5km

May 17, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Course Dates: May 17th – June 14th

Our Learn to Run 5km is a fun, friendly five week course that will help you to get fit and develop your running endurance and fitness. It is accompanied by a training plan which you can download from our website free at www.fitbitchrunning.club.com.

Sessions last for 45 minutes and if you miss one, you can use up your sessions in our www.hiitsquad.co.uk.

Many other learn to run courses stretch to ten weeks. But we have been running these courses now for over five years and have helped hundreds of runners, including total beginners, reach their goal by week five.

If you DON’T reach your target (and have attended every session) then you can re-take a course for free. But we are 100% confident in our methods which are tried and tested.

This course is for complete beginners and will build you up from zero to 5km . It is also perfect for lapsed runners or those looking to build their confidence.

The course is £40 if you join our running membership.



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