So you need a reason to run? Here's 4 to get you thinking...
BUT WHAT ABOUT...?
All the reasons you could think of not to run
MEET NEW PEOPLE
One2Run is a great way to make friends and meet new people. All our Running Guides love a chat, and can also put you in touch with other runners and running resources at the end of the plan. That's because we're sure that just 30 mins of chatter that you get during the run does wonders for the soul.
Now we're not saying you need to lose weight. We're BIG supporters of the body positivity movement (and can help you with loads of resources if you're on that journey), but if you are looking to shed a little weight, running might just be for you. Running tends to burn around 400 calories an hour. Equally, if you're just trying to love your body, running is a great tool to help you appreciate it's strength and agility.
It's thought that as well as improving your overall fitness and heart health, running can also add years to your life, reduce your risk of cancer AND improve your joint health. What's not to love there?
Running is known to assist with stress management, taking your run outside on a sunny day helps your body produce vitamin D, a nutrient that can lessen your likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms. It also helps to prevent mental decline, boosts brainpower, encourages a calm state of mind and creativity AND helps those who struggle with sleep.
Your running guide will have their own car and will pick you up and drop you off from your house or work, or can meet you at a convenient place. So if you don't drive, that's no problem!
We’re not pricey personal trainers, we’re just other women who like to run. It doesn't cost as much as you'd think, and we think it’s worth investing in yourself.
Subject to agreement, you can bring your buggy and/or well behaved dog with you. You'll be responsible for them throughout the run, so as long as you're comfortable learning to run with them in tow, they're more than welcome.
We’re really flexible. We can fit around your 9-5, shift work or other commitments. We’ll always try to put your needs first.
Some of the best runs happen in the worst weather. Plus, the rain helps keep you cool while you're working up a sweat. We’re aiming for the runners high!
...AND WHAT IF PEOPLE SEE ME!?
We’ve got loads of routes, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about but if you’re really worried we can go off the beaten path.
I'VE SIGNED UP... WHAT NOW?
Congratulations on taking the first step!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Your runner will bring extra water for you, some tissues and hairbands, a couple of plasters and any other condition appropriate gear such as lights or sunscreen.
If you have any special requirements, such as allergies or medication you'll need to make sure you bring what you need with you. And of course you're welcome to bring your own water etc. if you prefer.
Please make sure you bring things like inhalers if you need them, it's better to bring them and ask your runner to carry for you than leave behind and get caught out.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A great pair of shoes and a good sports bra! Other than that, it depends on the season...
Summer: Make sure you get your sunscreen on before you head out. In the warmer weather, sun hats and sunglasses can help, but some runners just find them annoying. Vest tops and shorts or cut off leggings are great gear for this weather.
Spring/Autumn: Layers are your friends. Make sure that you can add or remove layers by tying them around your waist. Ensure one of them is waterproof if it's been that kind of day.
Winter: Again, layer up! What you're comfortable in will depend how warm you get while running. But it's better to be able to take layers off than to be too cold. Long leggings, a base top layer and a fleece might work in milder weather, but consider adding gloves, a hat and an extra layer when it gets chilly.
If you're unsure on the day, just text us and ask and we'll give you some guidance!
WHAT IF I CAN'T DO IT?
We're sure you'll be fine because our plans are a really gentle introduction to running. But, if you really can't keep up with the plan, or you're struggling with the frequency it's nothing to worry about. Just let your runner know and they can make some tweaks to help you adjust