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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!


Fuelling your run

Whatever your distance, running can place extra demands on your body, which is why it’s super important to keep yourself fuelled up…especially for more recreational runners on a long run, as you can be out there for several hours.

It’s been shown that fuelling right can improve performance from 2-20%, which can equate to anything from 2 and a half minutes to as much as 12 minutes improvement on your time.

Here are 11 fuelling tips from Nonetorun for a better run.

Keeping cool in the heat

June is here and it’s most definitely brought the sun with it. Whilst your body can adapt quickly when training in the heat, a couple of degrees here and there can have a big impact on performance.

It’s not just about taking on liquid, but thinking about the conditions that work for you when the heat is on. You should know the signs of overheating too, so you know when to call it a day.

Here are 7 top tips from verywellfit.com, for running in hot weather.

What not to do before a run

You’ve done all the training and race day is just around the corner. Whilst us runners tend to be focused on the run itself, we can’t forget about the final prep to make sure we’re fully run day ready.

This isn’t just about what we should be doing, as things we shouldn’t be doing are just as important; from food and fluid intake to our gear and warming up. This list of what you should never do before a run from runnersfirst will help you avoid the pitfalls.

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 Thursday 12 August 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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