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Boost your confidence and train together – Running Clubs

By 2nd February 2018 No Comments

Boost your confidence and train together
– Running Clubs

Discover how you can benefit from sharing the stresses and strains of training with other positive, like-minded people at a local running club

Running needn’t be lonely.
Join a local running club for a more inclusive training experience.

Why run together?

Exercise is often a solitary experience. We do some sit-ups before bed, go to the gym with our headphones on, jog round the block alone – and that’s all fine. But training for a long distance like the Milton Keynes Marathon, or the Half Marathon can be quite different.

The pressure is on. It’s going to challenge you – both mentally and physically. Your training routine will frequently push you past your comfort zone. You’ll have ups and downs, hurdles to overcome, barriers to break through. And as race day approaches, you’ll have to deal with last minute nerves before you put your preparation to the test.

Many of us can get a lot of benefit from sharing this experience – contributing to and leaning on a network of mutual support.

On The Move is all about collective achievement. As a Mover, you’re already part of a family of like-minded people that care – not just about the causes we’ve chosen to support, but also about each other.

So it’s only natural that as part of our training process, we should find ways to work together.

What are my options?

There are many ways to get social with your training practice. In this article we’re going to cover some of the primary options that we know will give you a benefitial result – largely those that are already being used by some of our Movers. But there are stacks of options – try throwing ‘running club’ into Google to see just how many!

We’re going to start by taking a look at Strava – a great app used for tracking your training progress that many Movers are already using. It’s a great way to measure your progress against your other team mates. We’ll also introduce you to the running clubs available at Up & Running, a running-focused fitness store based near the Central Milton Keynes Train Station.

We’ll discuss ways in which you can connect with other Movers directly to arrange smaller practice sessions. And lastly, we’ll touch upon some of the other options available in Milton Keynes for social training activities that will boost your general fitness levels but aren’t just about running.

Ready to get started? Let’s go…

Strava

Strava is the Swedish word for “strive”, and it’s a social network for athletes. It’s a global community of millions of runners, cyclists and triathletes – united by the camaraderie of sport.

Their mobile app brings people together, helps them share and compare progress, and inspires people to unlock their potential – both as individuals and a team, no matter your ability.

At On the Move we have our very own Strava account where Movers can log each run, see how the rest of the team are doing, and keep track on that all important leader board. It introduces a competitive element to training in the same way that more traditional (offline) running clubs do – but if that’s not your thing, then there’s no pressure to do anything beyond what you can manage and feel comfortable with.

How to join your On The Move teammates on Strava

If you don’t have an account with Strava yet, you can set up one up by visiting www.strava.com

When you’ve registered, just fill in your details and upload a lovely profile photo. Don’t worry, you won’t need a premium account for anything we’re doing communally for On The Move – so our advice is to stick with the free option.
Once you’ve created your account, you can join one of the teams we’ve created:

Just click ‘Request to Join Team’ button on either of those team pages to join in the fun.

Finally, you should download the Strava app (available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) onto your smartphone and you’re ready to track your training and be part of one of our digital running clubs. Enjoy!

(Offline) running clubs

In Milton Keynes there are actually quite a lot of traditional (offline) running clubs that cover many routes and a variety of abilities. Obviously the same is true around the country.

If its important that you stay as close as possible to your home, then you might want to do a little research to find out more options before proceeding. Also, as you progress on to a higher level of fitness and skill, you might want to join something more challenging than what we’re covering here.

At Rightmove, we’re lucky enough to have a few of our own running clubs that meet regularly. They all use our Milton Keynes or London offices as a starting point, which is great for getting in some covenient exercise. Enquire if your work place does something similar and if so, get involved. You’ll be given a warm welcome!

As a Mover you’d be given a warm welcome – so don’t be shy, just turn up with your trainers on and give it a go. Our groups most often run at lunchtime, although the occasional evening and weekend run is organised too. If you’d like to join in, just let us know – speak to any of the Rightmove events team to find out more, or drop us a message using the Contact page right here and we’ll email you the details.

Up & Running

If you’re based in Milton Keynes then there’s another great option available to you.We’ve partnered with local sports shop Up and Running, which is located on Elder Gate, close to the Central Milton Keynes Train Station.

Up and Running organise several runs that happen regularly each and every week – all year long.

We recommend signing up for their Social Run Group – a great starting point for beginners looking to boost their overall fitness levels. SRG is on every Tuesday starting from 10:15am (5k), and every Wednesday starting at 6.30pm (5k & 5 Miles).

If you’d like to take part in Social Run Group, you should register online first. You currently get a free t-shirt just for taking part too.

Connect with other Movers

If running in a larger group isn’t for you, but you’d still like to try a more social training experience, then you might find it beneficial to try organising a more informal session with a smaller group of Movers.

Go ahead and ask other teammates individually, or if you don’t have anyone specific in mind then get in touch with us directly and we’ll try to partner you up with someone else who’s interested.

Other types of fitness club

If you’ve been pounding the pavements for weeks already, then you may well be tired of the same routine. Remember, there are plenty of ways to increase your overall fitness level other than running, and there are groups that meet together to practice nearly anything! Why not be adventurous and try something new?

In Milton Keynes and London you’ll find groups meeting regularly for walking, hiking, cycle rides, swimming, and plenty more.

Milton Keynes Council have published a useful list of good cycle clubs that you should check out as a possible starting point. On yer bike!

Okay! What’s next?

Found some options for social training? Joined one of our Strava teams? Awesome. Now you’re really flying.

There are so many benefits to taking part in the Milton Keynes Marathon and being one of the On The Move family. Let’s take a look at some of them…

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