One of the best parts of my job is seeing improvements in members, people progressing through the colour groups and setting goals that would have been a mere pipe dream when they first turned up at the park and donned a blue bib, wondering what the hell it was all about. As people progress they need new challenges and as I’m a massive fan of running, I’m pretty biased as to what I suggest. Whether it’s a Major Series or a marathon, each running event has its challenges, but more importantly, each has its rewards.
I often have discussions with members who want advice on how to prepare for their first running event. I see the biggest improvement in members who combine Running Club with their regular British Military Fitness sessions. BMF classes are excellent at burning the calories and strengthening the right areas for running, but if your goal is to complete a running event, BMF alone is sadly not enough. This is where Running Club comes in and yet again BMF saves the day.
Some venues are lucky enough to have a Running Club in their schedule and like BMF sessions this is for all abilities and lasts an hour. In this hour you will warm up, run, have water break, run some more and finally cool down. Sounds simple right? If only! In true BMF style it has its twists and turns. One of the reasons why BMF is so popular is because of the innovative and creative sessions that its instructors put together and Running Club is no different. You will get classes that improve your speed or endurance, teach you drills that will develop your style and technique.
Whilst stepping outside your comfort zone of regular BMF sessions can be scary, you should never fear Running Club. The instructors are all fully trained in how to adapt sessions to cater for every individual, making it hard enough for the front-runners and comfortable enough for the slower runners, whilst still giving everyone a challenging run.
Attending Running Club sessions will really help you to prepare for whatever challenge you have set yourself. Whether you cross the line head to toe in mud, hand in hand with your friends or crawling on your hands and knees, crossing a finishing line is simply the best feeling you can get. Your body is exhausted and you are mentally shattered but somehow you feel more alive and more energised than you did at the start. Then someone puts a medal round your neck and you grow about a foot taller with pride. You might say ‘never again’, but then comes the reflection and the analysis. ‘I could do that quicker’ or ‘I could run further’, to which I would say 'YES, you can. But how do you do that? I’ll see you at Running Club.'