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Whether you’re a running rookie or distance dynamo, there’s lots for you to think about when taking on a run. Here we have some handy hints that will help you to get race day ready and everything you need to get you moving!


My Marathon Month weekly catch ups

As part of My Marathon Month, we’ll be hosting weekly catch ups on Teams…open to those taking part to catch up on how they’re doing, share stories, ideas, and tips

All you need to do is click the ‘Join Virtual Catch Up’ link next to the date, then follow the joining instructions that pop up. All catch ups are from 5:30 – 6:30pm and you can drop in anytime.

  • Thurs 8th Apr: Join your My Marathon Month catch up here
  • Thurs 15th Apr: Join your My Marathon Month catch up here
  • Thurs 22nd Apr: Join your My Marathon Month catch up here
  • Thurs 29th Apr: Join your My Marathon Month catch up here


Planning for My Marathon Month

Whether you’re taking on the marathon or ultra-marathon challenge, it works out to less than 2 miles a day to reach your goal!

How you do it is entirely up to you. You could do daily jogs around the block, a few evening runs in your local park, longer weekend runs in different places, or even on a treadmill.

Be sure to join the My Marathon Month event on your St Barnabas Strava Running Club to keep track of your runs.


Running through lockdown

We may have a roadmap out of lockdown, but for now getting back to your sports clubs and hitting the gym are out. Not to worry, running is a great way to help you stay both physically and mentally fit…and with the lighter evenings upon us too, what could be better.

Iffley Road have some good ideas on how to make the most of this time, with their ‘5 Tips for running during lockdown’.

It’s also important to stay safe and follow the rules. If you’re unsure what you can or can’t do running and exercise wise at this time, checkout this helpful COVID exercise guide from Runner’s World.


On Road vs. Off Road Running

With the warmer weather approaching, you may be wanting to try out a different type of run. Road running is usually more fast paced, with flatter and smoother surfaces, whereas off road runs (or trail runs) can be more varied, slower and softer on your joints – albeit with more obstacles!

Check out this article from Frontrunner for some top tips on how to decide which is better for you.



It’s all about the feet

Whether you’re seasoned or a running newcomer, the two key things for good running are your technique and getting the right shoes.

With so many options available, knowing where to start with trainers can feel daunting. Check out this advice from Runners Need for choosing your ideal running shoes. It’s all about comfort.

Correct form and posture means you can enjoy your run and hopefully stay injury free. Check out this video from the Global Triathlon Network on taking it back to basics and revisiting how to actually run.


Your Team St Barnabas support

Whatever your goal, wherever you are on your running journey, whichever event you are training for…we’re here for you all year round!

You’ll find training plans below for every type of distance…plus you can engage with us and other Team St Barnabas runners in lots of ways:

Facebook Running Group:

Chat with Team St Barnabas runners, share your own hints & tips, and let others know what runs you’ve got going on. Join the group here.

Strava Running Club:

Share your training runs and even find local running buddies. We’ll post events and challenges in here too. Join the club here.

Virtual Catch Ups:

We host regular virtual catch ups via Teams, that are open to anyone to drop in. The next one is on Tuesday 18 May from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Join your catch up here and follow the joining instructions that pop up.

Training Runs:

Once lockdown is over, we’ll be looking to put more Training Runs on to bring Team St Barnabas together again. Watch this space.



Training for your distance

What plan should I choose, what are my friends following, how do I become a better runner at that distance? There are so many questions around what will work.

Whether you’re a first-time runner, making a return to running, pushing for a PB, or looking to step up your distance, a good training plan will help you take it all in your stride. These plans are a great place to start whatever your goal:

Couch to 5k:

Designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability to run 5km without stopping

Up to 10k:

Whether you’re a 10k novice or looking to beat your personal best, here are a selection of training plans to help you along the way

Half Marathon:

Tackle your first (or next) half-marathon with the help of these best hints, tips and training schedules

Full Marathon:

So you’re training for a marathon…coaches, experts and marathon greats share their tips on how to train like a pro



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