Well done at wanting to join us and take up running! We have a lovely, supportive group waiting to run with you!
The initial emphasis we have for beginners is to simply start enjoying running. So we focus on completing the intervals at your pace. It can take a while to work out your comfortable pace, but once you find it, you’ll feel safe and confident and happy and that’s when you start to feel good and enjoy running.
Our mid-week interval sessions alternate between jogging/running for 60 seconds, 90 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes, all with 60 seconds of walking in between. We keep the intervals at 60 seconds rest to help train the heart to return back to normal in a short space of time. When you have built up your cardiovascular fitness we look at adding a “solid run” at around the halfway mark where you aim to run for as long as possible.
An interval session will take around 30 minutes with a nice warm up, and cool down with stretches as a group.
Still Not Sure?
We totally get that it can be completely new, scary, terrifying and SCARY coming to a run group for the first time. Let me take a wild guess and see if any of the following phrases have popped into your head since you decided this is something you wanted to do;
- “I don’t want to slow everyone down”
- “What if I get left behind”
- “What if I am too unfit”
Well the good news is that’s just the little voice in your subconscious just trying to keep you safe. It only knows how to scare you into staying at home where it feels comfortable. So it will say ANYTHING it can to try and stop you from coming along.
Slowing everyone down – that is the number 1 reason why women are terrified of joining a run club, so if it’s gone through your mind, one, twice or a million times, RELAX, we’ve all been there!
Getting left behind – we are like a family, nobody gets left behind or forgotten!
Too unfit? If you can walk, you are fit enough to join in our interval sessions don’t worry!
One of our Run Leaders stay at the back regardless of the speed of the runners in the session. The faster runners are experienced enough to push themselves accordingly and return to the group during low intensity intervals or at designated sections of a run. Because the leader will lead from the back, that means nobody will slow the group down, get left behind, and definitely not get lost!
Come along and give it a try, you have nothing to lose but so much to gain!