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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!


Your Team Chestnut Virtual Catch Ups

With so many runs postponed in 2020, we really miss meeting and seeing you all, so are going to hold a series of Virtual Catch Ups across 2021!

They are open to anyone (even if you’re not signed up for an event) to catch up and share stories, thoughts, 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 virtual catch ups are from 5:30 – 6:30pm and you can drop in anytime.

  • Thurs 25th Feb: Join your Team Chestnut virtual catch up here
  • Tues 18th May: Join your Team Chestnut virtual catch up here
  • Thurs 12th Aug: Join your Team Chestnut virtual catch up here
  • Tues 16th Nov: Join your Team Chestnut virtual catch up here


Running through lockdown

With a national lockdown upon us and gyms closed, running is a great way to use your once a day exercise allowance to stay both physically and mentally fit.

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.


How to run Properly

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or completely new to running, good technique is key to preventing injuries and smashing that PB.

Knowing correct form and posture means that you can enjoy your run rather than worrying about whether you’re doing it right. Check out this video from the Global Triathlon Network on taking it back to basics and revisiting how to actually run.


Getting the right shoes

You’ve been on your running journey and so far, so good. You’re building up your confidence and getting those miles in, but did you realize that having the right gear can mean the difference between a great run and an uncomfortable one.

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


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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