Posts Tagged ‘Shoreham’

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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Free Girls Run the World Run Together

September 20, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

LOCATIONS FOR EACH WEEK’S RUN CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE.

If you want to run with like-minded women who understand what it’s like to be a beginner, an improver, a chatter or a mover, join us on our free GRTW get togethers led by our fantastic team of ambassadors – our Run Angels. They started with us as total beginners and now want to pass on their love of running to others.

Each run is no longer than 5km and you decide whether you want to run it with the tortoise and chat group or the lionesses.

Whatever you choose, you’ll develop your running and meet a great bunch of women who will inspire and motivate you to keep running.

Locations rotate through Hove Seafront, Preston Park, Madeira Drive, Hove Park on a weekly basis to provide variety.

Pace Groups

Tortoise 10 min miles and over

You are relatively new to running, are just returning to running or simply enjoy running as a time to chat, breathe and take in the sights.

Hare 9/10 min miles

So , you’ve finally begun to realise you like this running lark and you’re not just a jogger? You’ve even started finding yourself going into running stores more than H&M. You feel faster and are looking to improve. This group is for you.

Lioness 8-9 min miles

You’ve been running for a while, or are naturally speedy and are aiming for good race times. You know the difference between Strava and Spotify and use it regularly.

Cheetah – 7-8 min miles

You’ve got the training watch, running shoes for the road and trail and like to try and improve your pace on every run. Running for competition you want to run fast.

 

Important rules of  GRTW

  • You must be able to run 5km to join the runs.
  • Be polite and run within the pace group you set off with. If it’s too fast, drop back to the one behind and stay within that group even if it feels a little slow. The RunAngels give their time voluntarily to help you run so don’t make it hard for them.
  • IT IS ESSENTIAL that you book your run via eventbrite and fill in our PAR-Q if you have not run with us before. No booking, no run. Click here to book,


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Building Distance to 10 miles

September 10, 2016 at 8:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Entered The Bright10 miles October 16th? Enjoy the journey to building up to 10 miles with our five weeks of group runs including off-road beautiful trails.

You should be able to run 5km comfortably in order to join this course. We will be doing the runs on a basis of time on your feet though, allowing this course to be suitable for all speed levels.

Please consult our Schedule and Booking page for days as it varies on Saturday and Sunday. You can book this course as a standalone course, or book a season of sunday runs £105 that will take you thorough to February – or add a full season which includes our trademark Smash Your PB, RunStrong, RunFit and many other courses.

LOCATIONS FOR THE COURSE

 

 



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Summer Body Blitz – Shoreham

August 8, 2016 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you want to get in shape fast for your holiday, try our focused one week morning courses specifically aimed at helping you to lose a few pounds and so that you feel great once you get into your beach wear. Each session is 45 mins and if you make every session and follow our eating plan, you can expect results. For all levels.

6.30-7.15 or 7.15-8am

Price £60

EARLY BIRD 15% off code: SunnyShoreham at checkout ends July 22nd. Location: Shoreham MAP



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Fitbitch Summer Pop Up Supper (plus trail run & yoga)

July 16, 2016 at 7:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Celebrate summer, running or just new found fitness friends with our summer pop up party. There are two options:
1. Meet at Falmer Train Station at 4PM to RUN OR MOUNTAIN BIKE a beautiful 6 mile route to Lewes. It will be at conversational, stop/start/breathe pace. Finish at Pells Pool for a yoga session and/or optional swim if time permits. Then a pop up Fitbitch supper at Plesant Stores in Lewes for a 3 course vegetarian or vegan meal including bread/nibbles.

OR
2. just come for the pop up supper at Plesant Stores at 7.30pm.

Price: trail run/yoga, £12 – book online via our booking page
Price: Pop Up Fitbitch supper, £20 – book via the eventbrite link (you will need to copy and paste into your browser)

Please note, there are only 16 spaces for supper. Alcohol is additional.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fitbitch-pop-up-summer-supper-party-tickets-26247628363



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New Shoes & kit from Brooks Running

June 25, 2016 at 12:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

A few weeks ago, I was invited to view the upcoming new shoe launches from Brooks Running – and there are some interesting new running shoes in the range. Pick of my favourites was the Hyperion, £90, their lightest and fastest road shoe. It has a stretch woven upper for a seamless sock-like fit and so I’m intrigued about trying it for triathlon as it should mean I can move straight from bike to running keeping transition to a minimum. It also looks fantastic. It is not a shoe for a beginner though as it relies on you being biomechanically strong. Or at least over a short distance. I’d use these for 5km and 10kms but no  more. Not that they can’t be used for longer distances but you’d need to be a stronger runner than I.

 

Hyperion

Hyperion

 

Their big new launch is the Neuro, £115, which looks like very chunky and yet when you pick it up, it feels as light as anything. Aimed at those who want to run fast, the ‘pods’ on the sole are aimed at promoting neurological feedback so that the body adapts and creates improved biomechanics while also creating rapid energy return. It also has a hammock system that helps to wrap the underfoot to help better foot alignment. It looks kind of funky and sounds good in theory but the jury is out until I review them.

 

Neuro, second down

Neuro, second down

On the clothes side of things, I am a HUGE fan of their LSD Running Jackets, £49. These are absolute genius pieces of kit and I think EVERY female runner should have one. They are super light-weight, windproof and water resistant. Best of all, they pack away into the pocket and you can wear it round your arm. They are invaluable for taking on runs where you don’t know what the weather is going to do and even better for race start lines. I’ve worn it to loads of races and then tied round my arm and been completely unbothered by it, it’s so lightweight. It is one of the best pieces of kit that I own and they’ve no launched it in more funky colours.

And my other firm (excuse the pun) favourite is the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer, from £34, a fantastic running bra that keeps you feeling secure and goes up to a DD cup. it has front adjustable straps as well a a hook and eye back and looks good too.

Moving Comfort, Rebound Racer

Moving Comfort, Rebound Racer



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The Diary of a Running Mum

June 9, 2016 at 12:11
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Juggling four kids and a workaholic husband, Tanya Taylor, 43, also decided to take on the challenge of running every day of 2016. Here’s the first of her despatches about life on the run…

 

Tanya at the London Marathon

Tanya at the London Marathon

I’ve just completed my 156th run in 156 days. Sometimes they are long and ploddingly slow and other times they are fast and challenging, leaving me bright red and dripping with sweat. I’ve run in the sun, rain, wind and even in snow when forecasters were warning people not to go outdoors. From New York to Paris, Berlin to London and all over East Sussex, my feet have taken me a long way this year. And I have got another 210 days to go in my bid to run every day of 2016.

Runnual, is part of the Fitbitch challenge community, a list of challenges throughout the year which anyone can follow to help you have goals and keep you motivated.  Some are easy, a park run, others are about adventure, such as a the 24 hour Endure Relay Race and then there are those about consistency, such as swimming every day in July. But other than the Fitbitch founder, Rachael, I am the only one who committed to  RUNNUAL, running every day throughout 2016.

So, why am I doing it, everyone asks? I liked the idea of having a focus and commitment to my training that was simple to follow. Not that I didn’t have my doubts about doing it; what if I got injured, could I fit it in every day? But most of all, I was worried about failing. What if I started and couldn’t actually do it?

I knew the only way I was going to be able to commit and make this work was to make some rules.

Tanya’s Five Run Commandments

  1. No matter what the weather, I have to run outside. I wanted to get the benefit of fresh air and observe the changing seasons not a gym changing room.
  2. I have to wear proper running kit and trainers. No dash to the car with my handbag allowed to be classed as a run.
  3. I have to be kind to myself. If I had a crappy run, I was determined not to beat myself up about it but to just let it go.
  4. I had to run at least one mile, no less, for it count.
  5. I had to record it on Strava. For me, this was a way to keep track of my runs like a virtual diary.

Run number 1 of 366 on New Year’s Day didn’t feel so unusual. For the last 4 years I have run on New Years with my friend E. We run along Brighton & Hove seafront, past the all-night revellers, and discuss our hopes for the forthcoming year. There is something cleansing and empowering about our ritual and it’s always one of my favourite runs of the year.

Fast forward to now and I’m almost six months through my runnual year. It has been both amazing and at times very hard. There have been runs where I’ve seen the sun rise above the sea or set over the Sussex hills. Some have been in pouring rain, into 70mph winds or under baking hot sun. I’ve enjoyed runs where I’ve laughed listening to stories from some of my fellow runners, and others where I have run alone, tears pouring down my face as I’ve worked things through in my head. Running is cathartic, eventually everything comes to the surface as surely as putting one foot in front of the other.

But have there been times when I’ve felt like giving up? Yes, on those runs were my legs felt like lead and my mind is telling me I’m useless. But just as frequently, I’ve been rewarded with runs where I have felt invincible.

Stand out runs have to be running at sunrise alone through Paris, or in Central Park, New York in a -22 degree windchill, clapping my hands above my head in an attempt to keep warm, then returning to the hotel with cheers (and relief that I survived, I suspect) from the hotel doormen. I have run on the track in Berlin’s Olympic stadium having a panic attack following a particularly gruelling 15 mile race, and had my lovely running buddy J grab my hand and tell me I was going to be okay.

Recent runs have included running at night in the woods with some of the Fitbitch running club, with just head torches and giggling for guidance through the dark while training for a 24 hour team endurance race. But the best run of the year (and maybe my life so far) was the London Marathon in April 2016.  It was my first marathon and I’d trained hard, but had spent months feeling anxious, self doubt gnawing away at me. But it was amazing, a total high from beginning to end; the crowds, the atmosphere, the views, it was brilliant. I made new friends en-route (shout out to N and L from Sheffield) who I chatted to for almost 20 miles. Both my mind and body felt strong that day, and I managed to keep a consistent pace throughout. At mile 21, there was a moment when a young woman locked eyes with me and shouted in a thick East End cockney accent; “Go on Tanya, you’ve got this, you’ve got this girl”, and that was when I knew, I had.

If you had told me eight months ago that I’d run every day, I would have said no way. I would have said, ‘I don’t have the time, I’m not fit or strong enough.’ It’s not like running comes naturally to me; my body is not a classic ‘runners body’…I’m more Fatima Whitbread than Paula Radcliffe. But if there is one thing this challenge has taught me, it is that you an achieve anything with the right focus.

Tanya’s top tips on how to incorporate regular running into you life

  • Use your run as part of your social life. It is more fun to run with company, and you can always have a cup of tea at the end.
  • Fit it into your daily tasks/routine: I run from the supermarket carpark after I’ve done my shopping or I leave half an hour earlier to pick the kids up from their friends house/clubs and do a quick run before they finish.
  • Utilise your local running group. At Fitbitch, we have a community run on Tuesday’s, a pace session on a weekday evening and usually a long run on a Sunday. That means I only have 4 runs left to plan myself.
  • Think outside of the box. I recently had a boxing lesson, then washed in the sea, applied my moisturiser and make-up on the beach and headed straight to Charleston literary festival (You can roll your eyes here…) When the talk had finished, I changed in the carpark (there was a boob flash, but hey!) and did a quick run through the countryside stumbling across an amazing teahouse in the middle of the country as I did.
  • Download the free App Strava onto your phone. It’s ridiculously addictive. Strava allows you to monitor your speed and distance, and keeps you posted on any improvements. You can also follow your friends’ training and allow them to follow yours. I recently got approached by a (friendly) guy in a carpark who follows me on Strava and congratulated me on my achievements to date. I’d never met him before.
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H and have massages. It may seem indulgent, but it literally is the oil to your wheels.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. There is nothing worse than someone having a meltdown because they’ve missed getting a PB at a local Parkrun when there are people fighting much bigger personal battles.
  • If I’m having a bad run, I shift my focus. I think about my form, keeping my torso upright, my feet light, making sure my arms are not crossing in front of my body…and if things are really bad, I imagine I’m Rocky running through Philadelphia.

With any luck, I hope this post and my monthly updates will encourage a few of you to try running regularly. The beauty of running everyday is that it removes the pressure about running to mileage and shorter, consistent runs have been as equally beneficial to my fitness levels and endurance. But the main thing I’ve learnt is no matter how tired/ill/sad I feel, I always feel better after running. Always.

I look forward to keeping you posted over the year with my progress, and will also introduce music for your running playlist, let you know of any new kit I’ve sampled and new races I’ve loved. In the meantime, happy running!

Training for Endure 24 Relay

Training for Endure 24 Relay



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Feel good fitness – for life

March 19, 2016 at 1:51
Posted by Rachael Woolston

At the end of our four week fitness courses, we graduate with a Parkrun, which for many of our women is the first time they have ever run 5km (oh, and we always organise a lovely breakfast somewhere after too!)

So, congratulations to Zoe, who today run the Hove Promenade 5km in 35 minutes. She was joined by several of our other boot campers who once were in a similar position and who can now run 5km without thinking about it – in fact, I think Justine even surprised herself with a PB today.

Our courses also include a completely optional healthy eating diet. Justine admitted today that after many months of only doing the exercise, she started following the tenets of our eating plan (hurrah, finally!). And guess what? She’s lost 10lbs.

We always meet everyone who signs up to a full four week course before the camp to help talk through and set goals. After all, how can you achieve a target when you haven’t outlined what it is? Vicky is aiming to lose 14lbs by her 50th. Her aim is to make small, easy changes to her diet and her target last camp was to stop eating muffins. She managed to only have two this month and the outcome of that is that she’s four pounds lighter which makes her bang on target for her goal.

Fitbitch is  not an exercise class or an army style boot camp, it is small group, supportive environment where you receive exactly the  kind of coaching you need. Whether you are a total beginner or someone who likes to be pushed to your max, we cater for EVERYONE.

If you would like an introduction to our courses, we are now launching one week beginners’ courses. Our first is a four session course starting Tuesday 29th March. You can read about it more here.

So if you really want to enjoy exercising, have fun and become part of an incredibly supportive women’s fitness movement that will motivate and inspire you even when you’re not doing one of our courses, come and try us.

Live in Worthing or Shoreham and want to join Fitbitch there? Sign up for our May launch



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Improve to 10km

October 13, 2015 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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For those who can already run 5km, this five week course will help you to improve on your distance, technique and speed.

With qualified coaches, you’ll learn the tips and tricks, both physically and mentally to help you reach your first 10km. Or to reattain that 10km goal if it’s slipped from your grasp!

Any missed sessions can be used at HiiT SQUAD, girls 12-17 come free. If you introduce someone new to us on this same course, they can also come free but they must book using a code provided by us.

Book here

Coach: Kate



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*Weekend B’run’ch

October 11, 2015 at 8:20
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Our final run of four, helping those training for the Bright 10 miles, this flat, off-road and road route will help build your confidence for next week’s race, enabling you to work on your race strategy, whether this is to have a final practise of your pace, or simply to get to 10 miles distance.

Location: Meet at Giant Shoreham at 8.20am for an 8.30am departure.

Parking: Free before 9am or pay in the local car park

For those who would like to join us, we’ll finish this week’s run with a celebration brunch at Ginger and Dobs, Shoreham.



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L2R 10 miles

September 6, 2015 at 8:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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Have you entered Brighton’s NEW 10 mile road race? Or do you simply want to work on building endurance with a small women’s only group, with guided and professionally coached runs?

Then don’t miss this opportunity in joining our six week course, which will include two optional race events as part of the course (Firle 10km and Arena 10k).

Aimed at runners who can already run 10km, our first guided run will be on September 6th (the following two weeks will be the optional 10km races above to build race preparedness).

For training run locations, these will be listed on our calendar in due course but will be a mixture of road and trail runs.

You can buy all four guided and coached runs, £40 or three drop ins to be used within the course date for £36. (please note,  one run will be on Saturday).

Book HERE



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Get some Mo-Go this September

September 2, 2015 at 3:51
Posted by Rachael Woolston

After a summer of kicking back (or rushing around after the kids!) this month is the perfect time to reset and reboot. It’s what we, at Fitbitch have coined, Mo-Go time – getting your motivation back with some well considered fitness and healthy eating goals.

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In fact, if you are a beginner or lapsed exerciser, we think September is BETTER than New Year for setting goals because it helps you to get through the autumn-winter months feeling inspired and keeping the blues (and the bloat) at bay with some endorphin-boosting workouts and purpose.

Alternatively, if you are a regular recreational female athlete, NOW is the best time for plotting your 2015-16 goals, which races to enter, target times etc.

This It means that you can enter events intelligently, taking into consideration how much time you have to train, measured against social life, relationships, work and family. And the upshot of this? Your goals become achievable and not another millstone of stress around your neck, leaving you feeling guilty or rubbish for not being able to fit in the training.

Still feel bamboozled, and not sure what goal to choose or how to go about achieving them? Take some inspiration from our Mo-Gos – and the courses we offer to help you achieve them.

Mo-Go 1: Lose the seven pound summer bloat

Feel bloated, out of shape and generally like you have a summer bloat hang-over-your-waistband?

Then…kickstart a new fitness and healthy eating regime with our Reboot four week course for beginners and beyond. Three or four sessions per week, in a small group aimed at your individual level. Fun, effective, transformative. Various times and locations but hurry, spaces are going fast.

Mo-Go 2: Run your first Parkrun

What better way to get fit and stay motivated than running 5km with the amazing, free community www.parkrun.com. But what if you are not yet capable of running 5km and struggling with a Couch to 5km app?

Then…Join our Learn to Run 5km available different days, evenings and daytimes, which will help build your fitness and confidence to get to 5km.

After that, you can join our NEW run membership which will give you access to one FREE run per week, paced runs in a group which will help you to forever feel the #runlove. Not to mention entitling you to discounts off courses and savings on everything from Juice cleanses to yoga and float sessions with our local business partners.

Mo-Go 3: Smash Your Brooks 10km personal best

So, you can already run 10km but are so bored of trudging along doing it, you no longer get any enjoyment out of it?

Then…Join our friendly Smash Your PB group starting next week and at the end of September to help you get faster, fitter and feel supercharged with endorphins.

Mo-Go 4: Take part in Brighton’s FIRST 10 mile road race

October 16th sees the FIRST ever 10 mile race on Brighton and Hove seafront. Want to be part of the first group of runners and build your distance too?

Then…join us on some beautiful off-road weekend routes on our Learn to Run 10 miles (three of four guided, coached runs over six weeks) starting THIS weekend.

Mo-Go 5: Run your first 10km

Always struggled with running for longer than five minutes?

Then…beat the boredom, and boost your butt shape with our  Learn to Run 10km course starting September 8th (or on Monday’s during the day)

Mo-Go 6: Run a Half or Full Marathon

Perhaps you’ve signed up already but are pushing it to the back of your mind. Don’t! Want to get fit and run happy, feeling good from start to finish?

Then…Do our Absolute Beginners Half Marathon course, or sign up for our indoor, small group Marathon Foundations Performance course (available at pre-work and daytime time slots at different locations). Hurry for the latter though as spaces are very limited and include online mentorship throughout your marathon training programme.

 

 



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Improve to 10km

June 10, 2015 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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For those who can already run 5km, this five week course will help you to improve on your distance, technique and speed.

With qualified coaches, you’ll learn the tips and tricks, both physically and mentally to help you reach your first 10km. Or to reattain that 10km goal if it’s slipped from your grasp!

Any missed sessions can be used at HiiT sQUAD, girls 12-17 come free. If you introduce someone new to us on this same course, they can also come free but they must book using a code provided by us.

Coach: Tara



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