Join our summer series for some beautiful off-road run adventures

Inspired by the marathon or simply by lighter mornings, warmer weather and the desire to get fit and explore? If so, why not join our Brighton summer series of off-road running suitable for all levels and speeds…

If you love the Downs, and love running but want to get fit(ter), without the pressure of necessarily aiming for a race, then join our summer series.

It is being designed with YOU in mind. Once you book, you receive an email confirmation asking you to outline what your goals are for the summer series.

It could simply be, ‘I want to feel and become fitter,’ or ‘I am training for a half marathon and want to build endurance/speed.’ Whatever it is, tell us and then we will build the programme around everyone’s combined goals.

All our runs will be off-road but it could mean that we will do some interval laps in the middle of nowhere to build up stamina. Or do a six mile loop that can be repeated if building distance so you can stay to do as many as is suitable for your training.

This means that, if you can’t make every single session, it’s not the end of the world (check the details on our booking page for the event to see all the dates which are a mixture of Sat and Sunday, all starting 8.30am). And it enables us to provide the kind of training that suits every level of runner from the ‘eek, I need to get fit,’ runner to the ‘I’m focused on reaching my half ironman goal,’ to those who are aiming for an autumn marathon or our Girls Run the World Run Away trip to Valencia this October.

So, sign up to get our early bird deal of £60 before April 30th and fill out your goals questionnaire so we can get planning.

And if you’re worrying about these kinds of things, ‘ooh, I’m not fast enough, what if I hold everyone up?’ OR ‘I’m not a runner like those women I see in the pictures,’ or even, ‘I want to get faster, will it be fast enough,’ don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, we’ve been doing this for eight years.

All we ask is that you can run 5km** without stopping when joining the summer series. If you can do that, don’t let your fear of the ‘what if’s,’ prevent you from the taking on the opportunity to explore the what could be.

BOOK NOW by visiting our Weekend Running Link on our BOOKING page here

Can’t run 5km and want to learn?

Our beginners courses to 5km or 10km start Weds 3rd May, 7pm

Smash Your PB for those wanting to get faster, start the same day, 7pm.

RunFit, for all levels incorporating running and body weight starts Monday 8th, 7pm Yellowave

 

Run Away with Girls Run the World 2017-2018

Over the last six years, we’ve taken women to run and explore all over the world from Lake Garda to Istanbul, Paris to Palma. Our trips provide you with a goal, along with the reward of exploring a  new city or region – not to mention great cocktail bars!

We take care of all the organisation – the event entry, hotel, optional excursions (including spa visits) and the celebratory cocktails and dinner in some of the best places in our host city. What you will definitely NOT find in our itinerary is a pasta party.

If you love exploring, amazing food, delicious cocktails and running, then Run Away with Girls Run the World…

You can register for priority booking for the following trips NOW. If you register, you will be the first to receive the information for early bird booking before it opens to the general public.

Valencia, October 19th – 23rd 2017 – enjoy a final hurrah to balmy, warm weather running before the winter and establish the foundations for your autumn-winter season with the Girls Run the World trip to the beautiful southern Spanish city of Valencia. Choose from 10km, half marathon or marathon. Spaces are STRICTLY limited to just 18 people on this trip.

Lisbon Half Marathon, March 9 – 12th 2018, touted as one of the hottest cities in Europe to visit with it’s pop-up art and design studios, not to mention incredible food, bars and beaches where you may even be able to sunbathe, our trip to Portugal is not to be missed. This would also be perfect race preparation for a Spring Marathon 2018.

PRE-REGISTER FOR PRIORITY BOOKING

Courses for Brighton women runners

Inspired by this month’s marathon runners to lace up your trainers? Well, whether you’re a total novice, a new mum wanting to return to running or you’re over 50 and want to take it up for the first time we’ve got a course for you all starting in May

 

 

BEGINNERS Learn to Run

SAVE £15 off the 5km by booking before April 14th (£35 instead of £50) and £20 of the 10km course (£60 instead of £80)

We have two courses starting May 3rd for those wanting to reach their first 5 or 10km. Each course comes with a training plan and you do one session with us, and two either on your own or meet up with others in your group to run together. Depending on your fitness level, we work using either distance every week or time on your feet, so don’t worry if you think that you move at the pace of a snail and will hold people up. You won’t. We’ve spent over eight years now training women to run and we are experts at helping beginners. Many of the women we train at marathon distance now started out with us learning from scratch.

Whether you want to run for fitness, for feel-good hormones, for a goal or to  meet others, come and join us on May 3rd at 7pm. (Please note the course switches to Tuesday 23rd May/Tuesday 20th June and there is no half term session 31st May. All other sessions are Wednesday evenings.

BEGINNERS/IMPROVERS RunFit

Save £8 by booking before April 14th (£40 instead of £48 for eight weeks starting Monday May 8th-26th June. Please note, there is no session during the May half term)

Our RunFit courses are for those who want to get fit, strong and improve their confidence in running. We don’t aim to achieve a particular distance, each session involves body weight and core exercises to improve the muscles that you use for running (helping to prevent injury) with short interval based running of no more than four minutes at a time.

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INTERMEDIATE AND ABOVE SMASH YOUR PB

£48* for six weeks Wednesday 3rd May – 14 June (please note, no session Weds 24th June)

If you can already run 5km, then this course is suitable for you. Instead of working on improving your distance or endurance, this course is all about building strength and helping you to improve your pace and speed. They are the kind of sessions that you finish and get the best endorphin buzz and sense of achievement from. Challenging but fun, we have had 100% success rate for those looking to improve their race or parkrun times with these courses. (* 75% off for anyone FB Course Queen’s Park starting April 18th not on early bird deal/Free for Hove Lawns course attendees paying full course, no early bird).

TRAIL LOVERS

For anyone who can run 5km and would love to explore the Downs while running, our Summer Season kicks off in May. Book before April for 14 weeks of guided running, coaching and fun sessions for £60. Thereafter the cost is £80.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – Oofos

If you’ve ever run a marathon,  you’ll appreciate how much your feet feel pummelled by the end. Which is why you’ll love Oofos recovery footwear

 

Even if you haven’t run 26.2 miles, chances are that you finish a run, perhaps stretch your legs on a good day while your feet barely get a look in.  But there are 34 muscles in your feet, and those muscles get tight just like everywhere else. Except when they get overused and tighten, it restricts ankle mobility, which affects your calf muscles, which affects you knees and so on, right the way up your body. (Or it starts from the top and travels down – but more about your biomechanics in our online course coming soon).

Suffice to say, you SHOULD be looking after your feet if you want to stay injury-free and running long into your old age. Which is why we LOVE Oofos footwear.

My feet have taken a massive battering of late; in 2017, I ran every day of the year, which included a half Ironman distance triathlon, marathons, off road triathlons, you get the picture. My feet had begun to feel as though someone was regularly taking a hammer to them. And that was even WITH all the massage and ball rolling under the feet that I do regularly.

But these sandals – I have been trying out the Ooriginal Sport Graphite, £48 have been so amazing (and really, I am pretty rigorous in my reviews – I won’t say something is good if it’s not) that I’m so relieved it’s summer, because I’m wearing them all the time. Well, other than when I’m running.

The footwear are part of a move by many sportswear manufacturers into recovery wear – products that can help you recover more quickly so that you can lead a full, active, athletic life no matter what level of runner you are.

They are super light and consist of a special foam that is engineered to absorb 37% more shock than traditional footwear, so helping your feet and calves recover after a run. They also have great arch support so, unlike flip-flops (and in the past, this is what I usually wear straight after a race in the summer) they really help to support the foot, helping to minimise ankle, knee and back pain.

Without any scientific studies to prove that these work, there is only anecdotal evidence to go on. And on the evidence so far from my feet, these are fantastic. I’ve run a tonne of races lately, have been cycling hard for a big ride in Majorca and have been pounding the trails uphill and down as part of training for a race across the South Downs Way. So, my feet need some care. And these have been amazing.

If you’ve ever got out of bed and walked a bit like a robot because your feet and calves are stiff, then pop these on the feet and they help to make you feel less Tin Man and more Darcey Bussell.  And they look good too, coming in a variety of pretty shades.

 

If you fancy trying a pair for yourself, then you’re in luck because we are giving away a FREE pair of your style choice. All you have to do to enter is click here to fill out the competition entry form.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • One entry per person.  Any repeat emails or email addresses that appear to be from the same person will be deleted.
  • Entry closes midnight April 21st 2017.
  • The winning entry will be chosen at random. The prize can not be exchanged, refunded or sold.
  • The competition is only open to residents of the UK.

Oofos footwear start from £40. Available from www.oofos.co.uk

5 Running Hacks

Whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting out, sometimes it’s all to easy to allow your mind to talk yourself out of running and then staying the course when you finally are out there… Not with our clever running hacks that will help you reach your endorphin post run high

Barcode laces

So, how many times have you done this? It’s Saturday morning, you’ve got about ten minutes to spare before you absolutely HAVE to get out of the front door if you have any hope of making it to parkrun but you can’t find your barcode? Or even worse, you have to get online, find your login details, download it and print it out.

Sounds familiar? What’s worse is that deep down, you kind of now that you may have thought about this the night before but leaving it until the morning means you have a get out clause if you want to. It’s crazy isn’t it? You know that you LOVE parkrun when you do it and feel fantastic afterwards but still we sabotage it. Well, here’s a way you simply can’t.

Invest in a Parkrun barcode, which costs as little as £4.26 for three and thread one through your running shoe laces. That way, you have no excuse and you won’t spend ten minutes storming round the house in a flap getting even more anxious.

 

 

Work to Run Wear

If like most women you are always  having to rush to either pick up the kids or to work via a commute, chances are that fitting in a run before or after work/school drop-off can seem impossible. The whole thought of having to schlep in an entire change of wardrobe to work or going home, changing and then heading out is just a no-go. But nowadays, it’s so easy to wear something that will pass as office attire and all you need to do is to have a sports bra and trainers to hand so that you can run home from work, or at least be changed within 30 seconds when you get home so  you don’t give your brain enough time to self sabotage.  Check out the range of running leggings at www.hipandhealthy.com, which come in a range of great prints which could be teamed with funky pumps or boots and a plain top and jacket. Obviously, if you work in the financial sector then perhaps not so easy to get away with but there are options.

Make it playful 

We hear from so many women that they get out to run and just can’t seem to get past running for two minutes or that it never gets any easier. The trick is to switch up your workouts and don’t think of it as  ‘Oh, I’ve got to run for 10 minutes non-stop.’ It’s actually far more beneficial to your running development to have a mixture of running workouts, such as a long, slow steady run (and long can be whatever that is to you – one mile or ten) a short, sharp run where you try to run 3-5km as fast as you can at the same pace. And then you can also do Fartlek runs, which simply means choosing a landmark – it could be a lamppost or a bin, and sprinting as fast you can to it (warm up first!) and then recover and repeat 10 more times. In between, you can do bodyweight exercises like push ups or step ups on benches, anything to just make it a little bit more interesting.

Relive the Summer of Love

OK, we don’t mean that literally! But why not try listening to music with a 120 beats per minute or higher. Studies have shown that makes exercise seem easier and elevates your mood as you run. Use SongBPM to work out the BPM of your favourite tracks.

 

Start using Strava

Unlike other running apps, Strava is fantastic at adding extra motivation. It not only keeps track of your own personal records, providing a first, second or third best time notification on any routes or parts of routes that you run regularly but you can also compete for crowns (Queen of the mountain) or cups on parts of routes that everyone else on Strava has run. You may not think you are that competitive but you’ll be amazed at how motivating it becomes once you start using it. Plus, you’ll get to be part of the Girls Run the World UK 900 member club on Strava too where you could find more runners local to run with and some extra motivation from us.

What are your best tips to make running easier? Share them by commenting below.