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Race Review: Beat the Tide 10km

August 12, 2016 at 5:18
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fancy a race that uses nature to give the event a clever twist? Fitbitch runner, Andrea Childs reports on a 10km where you battle the incoming tide for the finish line…

Sandy sprints

Sandy sprints

 

A total of six Fitbitches travelled to Worthing for this year’s Beat the Tide, an annual 10k race organised by Sussex Trail Events (www.sussextrailevents.com). It’s a one-of-a-kind event for anyone who knows the pebbly beaches of the South Coast. At this time of the year, the tide goes out far enough to reveal some rarely seen sand, a wide enough strip to run along and indulge your wildest Baywatch Babe fantasies. Unfortunately, having arrived late for the 7pm start, the Fitbitch crew were less Pamela Anderson, looking California tanned in an orange swimsuit; more sweaty, stressed Brightonians in our trademark purple running tops.

It had all started so well. Facebook race page posted in the Fitbitch runners group (we have these for all events, to help keep track of which Fitbitches are taking part which helps motivate you to get involved too – you can join HERE). Lifts organised (that’s the beauty of running as part of a community; there’s always someone to share a ride with). Sun shining (okay, we didn’t organise that bit, but it’s always a good omen for a race). And then we set out for the roughly 14-mile drive along the coast from Brighton to Worthing.

The journey usually takes around 35 minutes. On that evening, a combination of rush-hour congestion and a traffic accident meant that despite setting off before 6pm, one car arrived at 7.05pm and the other at 7.25pm. Fortunately for the first car, the organisers had realised the traffic was a problem and had delayed the start by a few minutes, meaning that at least two of us began the race on time. When they finally arrived, the remaining four Fitbitches were warmly welcomed and allowed to start the race half an hour late, following the footprints in the sand left by the other Beat the Tide runners. The organisers even called the marshalls along the course to let them know they were coming. Fortunately, they managed to catch up with the tail-enders before too long.

The race itself couldn’t have been better – a straight dash along the beach and then coastal path from Worthing to Widewater Lagoon in Shoreham, and back again, with only a short sandy beach sprint to join the two sections. Along the way, children cheered from the groynes, kite surfers skitted along the surf and marshalls handed out drinks (there were two stations) and jelly sweets. The atmosphere was fun and friendly, with lots of local club runners taking part, plus a couple dressed (I think) as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. And because, as the race marketing says, we were ‘racing against nature’ – the incoming tide – there was a cutoff of two and a half hours for participants, although none of us found ourselves paddling to the finish. One of the Fitbitches placed third woman. And as our last runner approached the line, the sun setting behind her, the rest of the crew ran down to support her over the last few metres as she finished her first 10k race and was handed her medal (there was one for every finisher). We’ll definitely be back next year. We’ll just leave longer to get there next time.

Being part of a running community helps keep you motivated and inspired - plus there's always someone to share a post race celebratory cocktail

Being part of a running community helps keep you motivated and inspired – plus there’s always someone to share a post race celebratory cocktail

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Review in Brief: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good

A chance to shun the pebbles and run along a sandy beach. Fantastic welcome from the race organisers, despite our late arrival.

The bad

The headwind was great for kitesurfers but not so much for runners. And be aware that there are no toilets provided.

The ugly

The traffic. Maybe we can cycle to the start next year?

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Summer Body Beautiful Nutrition

June 11, 2014 at 12:47
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Getting in shape and feeling good is not just about working out but what you eat too. That’s why we provide eating plans with our camps along with dedicated online healthy eating groups where you can ask for advice and be inspired

When it comes to nourishing your body, and ensuring you stay fit, healthy and looking the best you can no matter what your age, eating the right breakfast is crucial. But what is the RIGHT breakfast?

Ask most women, and they would choose porridge or muesli as being the kind of breakfast that will help them to lose weight. It will if you’re usual breakfast is a croissant and a latte.

BUT if you real aim is shape change, protein is queen of breakfasts, whether that is eggs, a protein shake or even Greek yoghurt (many other forms of yoghurt contain sugar) with roasted nuts and seeds.

This food souce is the only thing that helps your muscles to repair and create new muscle tissue, absolutely VITAL if you want to avoid fat spread.

Forget running, cardio, and long drawn out workouts, creating muscle tissue through lifting weights and then supporting that change with the right nutrition is essential.

And why is building muscle SO important, particulalry from your mid twenties onwards? Because as women we lose muscle mass at the rate of 0.5 – 15 per YEAR from the age of 25. And as muscle is active and burns calories even as you’re sitting down, that means you will put on weight UNLESS you use weights.

But all this doesn’t mean having to deprive yourself of delicious foods.

Our eating plans provide a range of restaurant worthy breakfasts, not to mention the recipes that are shared via our online healthy eating community which you gain access to with our plans.

Want to finally get the missing piece to the body shape up puzzle? Then don’t miss signing up to our Summer Body Beautiful Camp (starts July 2nd) by June 23rd which entitles you to our diet plan, online healthy eating group and assessments worth over £30.

 



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