Posts Tagged ‘learn to run’

Members Run @ Hove Seafront

March 22, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Brighton Phoneix 10km

Brighton Phoneix 10km

Join our annual membership for £50 and enjoy our weekly Tuesday evening runs (except school holidays) plus lots of discounts off our running courses, workshops and benefits with local shops. Read more here

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run 5km, as long as you can do so without stopping you can join us on our membership runs. We have pace angels, who are all beginners who started running with us, there to help on every run.

Tonight’s run is meeting at Hove Seafront . Be ready to run  at 7pm.



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L2R 5km/10km

February 23, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 

Our Learn to Run 5km and 10km courses are a fun, friendly, 5 or 10 week course that will help you to get fit and progress you 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.

Girls 12-17 can come free with an accompanying paying adult.

This course is for complete beginners and will build you up from zero to 5km or 10km . It is also perfect for lapsed runners or those looking to build their confidence.

5km course costs £50 and finishes March 22nd

10km course costs £80 and lasts 8 weeks, finishing on April 12th in time for the BM10km.



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Flash Offer – Save £95 on two camps

January 27, 2016 at 2:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We all know HOW to get fit and what we should and shouldn’t be eating. But that doesn’t make it any easier to get into shape or see the weight on the scales go down does it?

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When it comes to getting into shape and staying there, we all need a motivator. It is why going to the gym often only works for a bit before your will power crumbles under the boredom of working out alone or when you start realising that you can’t see any difference in shape or fitness.

Because that’s the other irksome thing about exercise. You can spend hours at the gym and not see any difference.

This is because you need to know how to push your body – and train your mind to be comfortable with this – so that you are challenged enough that your body is forced to adapt to the new challenges which helps reap the biggest transformation.

It is why at Fitbitch we have four week courses designed to progress your fitness and challenges day by day so you see the biggest change in the shortest period of time. And if you commit to two courses over ten weeks, imagine how different you would look and feel? To get an idea take a look at the difference in one of our beginners after just one three week course.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, HURRY.  Our offer ends 1st February or when we sell out of this – there are only  three available slots for each course (6am or 7am) and two have already gone at 6am.

The Offer: Two courses, the first (Fit Body Blitz) running 22nd Feb – March 18th, and the second (Spring-Spiration) 11th April to May 5th for £205. Usual price for one course, £145 (if you can’t afford 2, book by the 1st to save the price hike to £165).  Offer ends Feb 1st.



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L2Run 5km

September 8, 2015 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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Learn to Run 5km, a fun, friendly five week course that will help you to get fit and reach your first 5km goal. 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.

Girls 12-17 can come free with an accompanying paying adult. Book your place and if you have a friend new to us, we will provide them with a code for a spot on the same course for free.

Book here

Coach: Lou



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L2Run 5km


Posted by Rachael Woolston

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Learn to Run 5km, a fun, friendly five week course that will help you to get fit and reach your first 5km goal. 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.

Girls 12-17 can come free with an accompanying paying adult. Book your place and if you have a friend new to us, we will provide them with a code for a spot on the same course for free.

Book here

Coach: Kate



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L2Run 5km

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

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Learn to Run 5km, a fun, friendly five week course that will help you to get fit and reach your first 5km goal. 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.

Girls 12-17 can come free with an accompanying paying adult. Book your place and if you have a friend new to us, we will provide them with a code for a spot on the same course for free.

Book here

Coach: Tara



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L2Run 10km


Posted by Rachael Woolston

Our Learn to Run 10km Trails is a fun, friendly ten week course that will help you to get fit and progress you 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 for the first five sessions and for an hour for the last five. If you miss one, you can use up your sessions in our www.hiitsquad.co.uk.

Girls 12-17 can come free with an accompanying paying adult. Book your place and if you have a friend new to us, we will provide them with a code for a spot on the same course for free.

This course is for complete beginners and will build you up from zero to 10km and perfect for the Brooks 10km . It is also perfect for lapsed runners or those looking to build their confidence.

Book here

Coach: Tara

 



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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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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!

 Romy

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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Alicia, far right

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

Sally

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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Zen and the art of running

September 9, 2014 at 9:11
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Do you always run with music? Maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy if you want to get faster and avoid injury

 

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Do you or don’t you?

Listening to music as you run divides runners between those who swear that they can’t run without it, and those who couldn’t imagine running with music.

Personally, I don’t listen to anything, except perhaps the ragged sound of my own breath if I’m running hard, but that’s a whole different story. Having coached hundreds of women to run in the last five years, I understand that many runners find that music helps to keep them motivated to increase their distance. But here’s why I think every runner should work towards going au natural on the trail or road.

* Injury prevention

It is only through paying attention to the sound of your footfall that you can begin to be able to become your own inner physio. One foot landing more heavily than the other? Adjust your running pattern and ensure you lift your weaker side and plant the foot with the same emphasis.

You may not be able to correct things as easily as this but being aware of your body’s movement patterns will pinpoint the signals that your body is trying to give you. Ignore it by listening to music and your body will create a louder signal. An injury.

* Hitting the sweet spot

You must have heard it said by runners all the time, and thought that you would never reach that stage. When you are no longer aware of your body huffing and puffing and that you are just in the flow.

It does happen. Really. But your mind needs to be able to drift and disconnect. And that can never happen if you are listening to music.

* Improve your speed

One of the biggest reasons most runners give about why they listen to music, is because the tempo of the music can help improve speed.  And this is true, but only up to a point.

The best ‘go faster’ trigger is your own mental strength and just like a muscle gets stronger through use, the same is true of a runner’s psyche.

Running fast or running long hurts.  There is no question of that whether you are super fit or starting out. Music does not change that. But relying on music diverts you from developing your own mental fortitude, that focus that kicks in and helps you to empty your mind of everything but the end goal.

* Avoid accidents

How many times have you seen a runner almost knocked over as they’ve got their headphones plugged in and can’t hear a car? And as the dark nights and mornings begin to roll round once more, running without being able to hear what, or who, is near you is not a good idea.

* Feel well

Ever felt sick or like you are running in a bubble,  disconnected to everyone else? This can often happen when you listening to music when you run. It disconnects you from the race, run or world around you often leading to a feeling of being travel sick. Connect with your surroundings and you may stop feeling sick and begin to enjoy running more.

* Be friendly

You can’t chat to your fellow runners if you’ve got your headphones in. You may be struggling and so you stick your headphones in to give you some focus and take your mind off your chattering mind telling you: ‘Oh, I’m the slowest. God, I shouldn’t be on this run.’ But just remember, the person you are running next to may feel exactly the same way.

Best tip to help you get over your running anxieties? Pretend you’re a running coach. Encourage the person just behind you on a group run. It works to take your mind off your own doubts.

 

If you want to learn to run, don’t miss our Learn to Run 5km, Learn to Run 10km and our Smash Your PB courses all starting this this week and next. Our Sunday trail runs return on Sunday 21st September. Visit www.fitbitchrunningclub.com for more details.



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Running Classes

October 29, 2012 at 3:05
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 

BEGINNERS

Learn to Run 5km and Learn to Run 10km

You’ve never run before or have not run for a very long time? This course is for you helping you to build your distance and confidence.

Run Fit

This class uses resistance band and body weight exercises to help you get stronger for running and is combined with short two – four minute running intervals to help you either build your distance or speed, depending on what you want to work on. Fun, inclusive, supportive. (Combine with Learn to Run 5km to get two sessions per week absolutely free).

Run Rehab

If you regularly suffer from injuries, are recovering from one or always suffer from niggles, then this course is for you. Six or eight week courses that focus on building strength and stability in the core, gluteal muscles and legs. We use resistance bands, TRX, weights and incorporate yoga for runners stretches and myofascial release. Six or eight week blocks, we do not accept drop ins on these courses.

Yoga for Runners

Suitable for all levels, including total beginners, our yoga classes are specifically aimed at those who run/cycle or are active. Mat based most of the class involves using props to help you maximise the release of your muscles.

INTERMEDIATE

Improve to 10km

Can already run 5km and want to build your distance? Join our five week improvers course. All speeds welcome.

Run Rehab

As above.

Run Strong

If you are training for half marathon distance races or above, doing strength and conditioning work and building a strong core will help to make you stronger, faster and more efficient. And crucially help you to avoid injury. Eight week courses we do not accept drop ins on this course.

Smash Your PB

This course is designed to help you improve your speed with interval based pace and tempo sessions. It means that you may run something like 200m, 400m, 600m, and then 400m, 200m with a rest in between. We challenge you to work outside your comfort zone in order to improve your overall speed.  Each session is different and we also work on on the mental techniques to help you become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Perfect if you are aiming for a personal best on a parkrun, 10km, half marathon or marathon.

Run for the Hills

Build your strength and speed with this course which involves doing interval sessions on inclines, hills and stairs. We work on techniques for hill running up and down, as well as mental strength and techniques to keep you going when your mind is telling you to stop!

TrackStars

Channel your inner Jessica Ennis with these fun track-based sessions which will help you to develop speed, tempo and great running technique.

Half Marathon Training: Building Distance

Our weekend running courses all start at 5km and build up week by week. We specialise in helping all levels of runners from first time entrants to races to experienced runners achieve their endurance goal with beautiful guided and supported trail runs with our qualified and very experienced running coaches. In Autumn-Winter, we train groups for the Bright10, Brighton Half Marathon, Worthing Half Marathon and the Eastbourne Half Marathon.

 

 

 



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