Run Club Testimonial
I didn't get the point of running. Why run when I could just walk? And when I did try, it was hard. I didn't like doing hard things that I wasn't very good it.
Then in August, after losing some body fat with Fit School, I decided it was time to challenge my cardio fitness, which was still relatively poor. To do this most effectively, I'd need to do some running so I started the NHS Couch to 5k podcasts and lurched, grumbled and stumbled my way around Epping for several weeks. Everything hurt, my heart rate felt too high, my legs were sore, I kept getting a stitch and I didn't seem to be making much headway.
Then I started the Saturday morning running class at Fit School - a revelation!! Each week, a small group of us meet with Chris and run through (a running pun!!) techniques, exercises and routines to improve our running. Here are some of the things I've learned so far- how to warm up/cool down properly, how to land on my feet without injury, how to protect my knees, how to run more effectively, how to move from jogging to sprinting, how to sprint up a hill (yes, a hill), how to adapt my running style for different conditions or terrain. And as it's a small group, Chris could help me to analyse and improve my individual running stride, running posture and tempo until I was actually able to run a 5k without feeling like I might expire.
I went from someone who literally opted to miss a train to Wales rather than break into a brief platform-dash at Paddington station to someone who ran 39km in January, for fun, mostly at 6am before work and LOVED IT. The Saturday Fit School running classes gave me the confidence and the techniques I needed to literally go from my couch, to 5k twice a week. I've just signed up for my first race in July with the Fit School team to raise funds for Cancer Research - hope to see you there!
What is the Run Club in Epping?
Do you hate how running makes you feel unfit?
Do you want to make running part of your fitness routine?
Are you training for an event?
We have helped lots of people improve their running to the point where they are running between 5 and 10k. These were people who classed themselves as 'non-runners'.
We've also coached former short distance runners towards their first half or full marathon.
But we've also advised people to stop running and see a physio so they don't get seriously injured!
These aren't classes where you just turn up and all run a certain distance, you can expect drills and exercises specific to your goals and needs.
You can also expect help with your running technique to help increase your speed and fitness or avoid aches and pains.
You don't need to run for hours to experience the health benefits of running, like:
Increased cardiovascular fitness,
Losing body fat, and
It's not just the physical benefits which make running such a great activity. Many of our members enjoy the psychological benefits of running.
The Run Club - £27.50 per month membership fee, Saturday, 8am in Epping, Essex.
Trail run - £11. Free if paying monthly membership. Last Saturday of the month.