Virtual races

& COUCH TO 5K

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Are you thinking about starting running? We’ve seen a large number of friends and comrades start running since the lockdown began, those who’ve seen gyms close or who are just trying to keep fit and protect their mental health. All you need to get started is a pair of trainers but it can be hard finding the motivation to begin and that’s where we want to help. After the success of our first virtual race last weekend, we’re organising a virtual 5k in ten weeks time, which means if you’ve never run before and are up for taking part, you can start the NHS’s nine week couch to 5k training plan and be able to take part.

Our virtual 5k will be on Saturday 25 July.

We’re also going to organise another virtual race and we want to encourage everybody who took part in the last one to take part again and increase the distance they’re doing. To give everybody who did 10ks on Saturday time to do a twelve week half marathon training plan, our next virtual race will be on Saturday 15 August.

Here are some articles that our members have used and found useful:

Lots of our members like to listen to audiobooks when we run, here are some running related suggestions:

  • The Rise of the Ultra Runners by Adharanand Finn - About the increasing popularity of ultra running. You follow the author’s journey to the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc - it’s like a race review of some of the best ultra races in the UK
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - About a tribe in Mexico called the Tarahumara who run 100s of miles every day just for fun, and how running is human’s evolutionary super power. It’s really funny and life-affirming but also quite educational about why runner’s get injured
  • Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley - Great and funny advice about going to buy your first pair of fancy trainers and underwear and various bodily functions, also the second half is about trailblazing women runners like the women who secretly entered marathons
  • Jog On by Bella Mackie - She started running to deal with mental health issues, and there’s loads of good advice for beginners.
  • What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami - World renowned novelist Murakami reflects on his experiences as a long distance runner.

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