These Mums Do Fitness is a gym-free personal training company based in Sale, South Manchester.  The focus is on getting women & Mums back to fitness through group training sessions at the same time and place every week, 1:1 personal training and group training sessions at a time and place suitable to you.

The These Mums Do Running Club has been developed to help people start on their running journey and then improve/enhance their running ability.  The aim is to create a running community in Sale for women

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Flexible Approach

Life with kids is extremely busy so These Mums Do has been created to enable Mums to incorporate a fitness plan into their weekly routine– with the ability to train with your babies/toddlers present in the days or when they’re tucked up in bed in the evening.  These Mums Do is for both the novice exerciser as well as experienced one, with all sessions tailored to individual client’s needs.

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Each session will focus on improving your fitness levels, working the core muscles and having fun!  I want to not only help Mums on their fitness journey, but also help them to meet new people, make new friends, get some support and get active.

My Aim

Is to make personal training affordable to everyone and help Mums recognise their potential.  The whole ethos is about making Mums realise they can do anything, be anyone and surprise themselves.  I also want to impart my love of running on others as I’m a huge believer in the idea that everyone can run, as long as they have the right tools and training #thismumcan #thesemumsdo

Facts About Me

In terms of the facts for you – I’m a Level 2 qualified trainer specialising in pre and post-natal fitness who is working towards Level 3 as I type!  I offer a range of services to Mums – group training sessions at the same time and place every week, 1:1 personal training and group training sessions at a time and place suitable to you.

“From personal experience, getting out and doing some exercise can really improve your mood and help you through the craziness which ensues when a newborn baby arrives!”

My Story

My name’s Becca and I live in Sale, Cheshire and I’m a Mum (and wife!) with 2 kids and a very mental dog!! I’ve become a personal trainer to help Mums get back to fitness after having their little ones. After going through my very own battle back to fitness after having both babies, my aim is to now help others Mum’s with their journey.

I put on a LOT of weight with both babies – can’t really tell you why (cake had a little to do with it!) but I have managed to lose all of it – twice! It was no walk in the park (literally!!). A little part of it was down to my personal determination, but primarily it was the way I did it.

12 weeks after having my daughter, I joined a fitness class and this was the start of my journey. I took me 9 months but I finally got to my pre-pregnancy weight and fitted back into my jeans and I was hooked with the exercise bug! I have even learned to love running (it took a while…) but it’s now one of my favourite things – that and drinking wine!! (I’m a huge believer in everything in moderation!!)

I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave with my 2nd baby and I decided to use it as an opportunity to do something that I love and am really passionate about. I now want to help Mums on their own fitness journeys and meet their own goals and at the same time, give them the opportunity that I had – to be able to meet new people, get some support and get active.

Award Winning!

I am extremely proud to announce that I won the Raring2Go Altrincham & Sale Award for the best pre/post natal class in the area – as voted by you!

After such a short time in business I am overawed to have received this.  I’m so pleased you enjoy my classes and running clubs and cant wait to continue to get the ladies of Trafford fit and active!

Prices
My aim is to make personal training affordable to every budget and I hope my pricing structure reflects this. For each person, I will do a detailed goal setting session prior to starting out as there’s no point in training if you don’t know what you want out of it. After working out your goals, I will then design you a tailor made programme which will get you to hit your targets

I have come up with the idea of offering group training sessions for 2-6 people. This can either be groups of people that already know each other for example some of your antenatal/NCT group or just friends going through the same thing the same time, or I can put similar, like minded people into groups with similar goals to yourself.

If you want any further information on pricing, please just get in contact and I’d be happy to discuss everything in more detail

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1:1 Training

One off session – £37 per hour
5 sessions – £170 (£34 per hour)
10 sessions – £320 (£32 per hour)

Group Training

2 people – from £25 per person
3 people – from £20 per person
4 people – from £18 per person
5 people – from £15 per person
6 people – from £12 per person

Classes

£5.00 per session or 5 sessions for £20

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"I certainly wouldn't be (nearly) back into my pre-baby wardrobe if it weren't for this class and being able to take my little one along"

Ellie, Mum to Rufus

"I cannot believe that in the last 7 days I've run 18.13km. I could not have done this without the motivation and support from Becca and the support from all the lovely running group ladies who make it so much fun"

Debbie, Beginners Running Club

"Last night, in the cold, I ran for 25 minutes straight and then didnt drink wine. This is a huge achievement for me! Thank you so much Becca, you rock"

Kirsten, Running Club
Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Davyhulme Park, Urmston

Canterbury Road, Urmston, M41 0RA

Monday – 9.30 – 10.30

The park is situated just on the outskirts of Urmston town centre off Crofts Bank Road. There is ample free on street parking around the park. The class meets by the pond inside the park.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Worthington Park, Sale

Broad Road, Sale, M33 2FR

Tuesday – 9.30 – 10.30

The park is situated on Broad Road close to the centre of Sale. There is plenty of free on street parking around the park. The class meets at the bandstand in the middle of the park.

Ladies Only Exercise Class @ Sale Sports Club, Sale

Clarendon Crescent, Sale, M33 2DE

Wednesday 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Sports club is on the corner of Clarendon Crescent & Dane Road and there is ample free parking available.  Dependent on the weather we will be outside on the tennis courts or inside in the function room of the clubhouse.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Stamford Park, Altrincham

Stamford Park Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 8HR

Wednesday- 10.00 – 11.00

The park is situated just on the outskirts of Altrincham town centre towards Hale close to Altrincham football ground. There is ample free on street parking around the park as well as a small car park in the park. The class meets by flagpole by the pond in the middle of the park.

Beginners Running Club

Just £30 for 10 weeks

NEXT 10 WEEK PROGRAMME BEGINS on Monday 24th September and will be based in Sale, South Manchester.  

For just £30, I am offering a trainer led 10 week Couch to 5K programme.  This is a beginners running class to get you well on your way to running 5K.

On Week 1, you will be given a detailed 10 week programme which will consist of 3 x 30 minute workouts per week – 1 of which you will do with me in a group and the other 2 sessions you can fit into your own schedule.

Every Monday, we will meet at the main gates of Worthington Park, Sale and together we will complete the first run of the week.  This will be round the streets of Sale and the session will last 30 minutes.  Each weeks session will be different and primarily involve the walk/run method which gradually increases your endurance levels.

By the end of week 10 you will be able to comfortably run for 30 minutes plus and be well on your way to being able to easily complete 5K.

5k Smash

£5 per week or £20 for 5 sessions

You’ve got to 5k but you want to increase your pace and endurance then this is the class for you.  We will run various different sessions every Monday evening from 8.15-9.00pm.

We will do Interval training to increase your current pace, Tempo training to look at speed, Fartlek (speedplay) training to build up your speed and endurance and various other fun methods.  I also run some sessions mixing running and toning exercises to build muscle strength and therefore endurance – this is fabulous cross training and a definite for all runners of any ability – only pre-requisite is you need to be able to comfortably run 4k.

5-10k Running Club

Just £50 for 8 weeks

NEXT COURSE STARTS on Tuesday the 2nd October and will be training for the Tatton Yule Yomp 10k in December

For just £50, I am offering a trainer led 8 week 5-10k programme.  This is a running class suitable for those who can already run 5k to get you well on your way to running 10K.

On Week 1, you will be given an 8 week programme which will consist of 3 workouts per week – 1 of which you will do with me in a group and the other 2 sessions you can fit into your own schedule.

We will meet at the main gates of Worthington Park, Sale at 7.30pm every Tuesday and together we will complete the first run of the week.  This will be round the streets of Sale and the session will last between 40 and 60 minutes.  Each weeks session will involve the walk/run method which increases your endurance levels.

By the end of week 8 you will be able to comfortably run for 60 minutes plus and be well on your way to being able to easily complete 10K.

This course is training to be ready for the Tatton Yule Yomp on the 9th December 2018

FAQ’s

When can I start?

If you’ve had a natural delivery, you can start exercise from 6 weeks postnatal and if you’ve had a C-Section, it’s 10-12 weeks post. It really important that you have had your 6 week check with the GP prior to starting any exercise (or with the Health Visitor if the GP isn’t an option for you) but mum’s can join in at any time you feel ready to start after this.

How do I join?

For the exercises classes in the parks, you don’t have to book in but if you are coming for the first time, if you get a chance please just get in contact with me first as you need to fill out a pre-screening questionnaire prior to your first session

For personal training (group or 1:1), please get in touch with me and we can discuss all the different options available to you.

For the running clubs, for beginners and the 5-10k clubs, they run in fixed time programmes so please get in touch for the next start dates and for the Monday evening running club its complete drop in, just again let me know if you’re coming for the first time

How much does it cost?

For the weekly classes and the drop in run club, it’s £5.00 per session or £20 for 5 (£4.00 per session)

Prices vary for group and 1:1 personal training – please click here for more information

What if it rains? (we are in Manchester after all!)

We do the workouts come rain or shine – unless the weather man tells us to stay inside or if it’s snowing (no-one’s that keen, surely??!!) so please make sure you come prepared for both yourself and the baby – lightweight waterproofs and pram rain covers are essential. There are areas under tree cover which we can move to which give a little extra protection from the elements

What to bring?

All you need to bring a bottle of water – especially if you’re breastfeeding as you’re more susceptible to dehydration and then a snack like a banana (wouldn’t advise cake!!) for the way home in case you need an energy boost.

Also, for babies, it might be advisable to bring them a drink and snack to see them through the hour. Their favourite toy could also be handy too to keep them happy!

What do I need to wear?

  • Trainers – proper footwear is essential. You need trainers which will support and cushion when doing exercise. Good trainers will reduce your injury risk, especially if you’ve not done exercise in a while.
  • Sports Bra – your breasts change so much during and after pregnancy, it is essential that you support them correctly when doing exercise – and this is even more important if you are breastfeeding. It’s advised to feed before doing exercise so you are more “comfortable”!! For more information on good sports bras, I highly recommend the website www.boobydoo.co.uk who offer a fab range including maternity ones.
  • Light layers – we all know how changeable the weather is. It’s best to wear a few light layers so you can easily remove then during the workout

Becca Broadbent

07525790704

becca@thismumcanfitness.co.uk

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What I wish I knew before starting running…

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I saw these words on a picture on Instagram last week and they really resonated with me and got me thinking – what I wish I knew before I started running…

It’s strange thinking about running in this way as most the time, it’s always looking forward – to the next goal, next challenge, next PB but to look back and see where you’ve come from and what you’ve learnt along the way is extremely cathartic!

So here’s my mumblings about what I wish I knew before I started running:

1 – How ridiculously annoyingly addictive it would become! 

No matter how quick you get, you always think – what about it I could do it a few seconds quicker and no matter how far you go, you always have a voice in your head egging you to go further (except to a marathon…that’s too much for me!!)

2 – Where running would take me

I never in a million years thought I’d become a run leader and inspire others to start running and its genuinely one of my favourite things – to create runners

3 – What running does for me

The mental “space” that running gives me is unparalleled in my life.  I don’t think I could find anything which is a good for me as running is.  Not only does it keep me fit – it keeps me sane.  I know I say it a lot but running for me is more than exercise.  I use it as a way to process things, deal with stuff that happens in my life and cope with stress.  It’s a form of “me-time” which as a mum of 2 who runs her own business is pretty limited.

4 – What running can do for others

I’m still overwhelmed with the feedback I get from the runners I create.  I never realised until I started this business how much running can help others – in the same way it helps me, and also in so many other ways.  From the confidence it gives people to achieve something they didn’t believe they could do to the way exercise gives them the ability to deal with life events such as cancer, bereavement, child loss – too many to list.  I’ve had people tell me they’ve come of anti-depressants, lost huge amounts of weight and even changed their lives from getting active and getting off the couch and start running – it’s totally inspiring.

5 – How frustrating it is getting injured

Getting injured sucks – not only does it hurt (obviously!!) it also means you cant run.  I’m not very good when I’m not allowed to do what I want or am told what to do (shocking, I know!!) so when you’re injured and you’re told to rest up, it’s literally the most frustrating thing ever!  You feel like you go backwards with your training and that you’ll never get back to where you were…but you do and you can.  There’s also a lot to be said for finding a great physio to help your recovery and give you great advice of what you can and cant do – thanks Claire and Felicity!!

6 – That I would be able to do a half marathon

If you’d asked me a few years ago that I would be running my 3rd Half Marathon this year I’d have laughed at you.  I ran, but I wasn’t running consistently.  I’d maybe train for a 10k run and then stop for months and then train again and do the odd parkrun in between.  It’s a long way from where I am now and I am so proud of myself for that.  Half marathon is a huge distance – 13.1 long long miles and running for 2 hours is a massive test of endurance both physically and mentally.  Anyone who even makes it to the start line deserves a huge pat on the back and then to finish is unreal!  I’ve cried both times I’ve crossed the finish line – the crowd, the adrenaline, the achievement.  Makes me so proud of myself, which probably for most of us, doesn’t happen often enough!

7 – (last but not least) How important Foam Rolling is

Like many of you, I’d never heard of Foam Rolling until Claire (physio) who was part of my 5-10k run club at the time mentioned it…and almost fell over shocked when I said I didn’t know about it!  That’s where the Foam Rolling evenings started…anyway, I’ll stop rambling!

Foam Rolling is amazing – it has enabled me to run as many miles as I do every week with only the odd niggle in terms of injury.  Stretching out and rolling on the roller not only aids in recovery so I can have fresh legs the day after, but it helps keep my injuries at bay.  If you’re reading this thinking you’d like to find out more, please let me know as like I said earlier, we host regular Foam Rolling events to teach you about what it is, why do it, and most importantly – how to do it properly!

 

Right well that’s it – that’s my take on the subject of “what I wish I knew before I started running” and now I want to hear yours….

What do you wish you knew before or what have you learnt since you started?

 

Guest Blog…Introducing Felicity from Pelvic Physio Manchester

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I took some time to have a great chat and catch up with Felicity who runs Pelvic Physio Manchester.  I’ve known Felicity for just over year and can’t tell you how lovely she is!  She specialises in treating pelvic health issues and is a qualified Mummy MOT Practitioner.  She works for the NHS alongside her private practice and lives and breathes pelvic floors (if that’s even a thing!!)

We’re on a mission to stop women believing you have to “live” with a poor pelvic floor and incontinence and work really closely together to try and help as many people as possible.  So if you’ve any pelvic floor weakness, discomfort or any issues with your stomach muscles or just don’t feel right after having your baby…then Felicity’s your lady.

So read on to find out more about Felicity – where she’s from, why she started Pelvic Physio Manchester and what she cant live without if she was deserted on a desert island…

1- What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Felicity Nicholson and I am from Dublin, Ireland. I moved to Manchester in 2003 to study Physiotherapy and stayed after meeting my husband and starting our family here.

2 – Tell me some facts about you…

I initially studied Biochemistry in Dublin. I still have a big interest in research but now I like applying the research evidence and seeing the direct benefit on the patient in front of me. I’m an eternal student (or maybe just a science geek 🤓). I still have my student card and get a 20% discount in Topshop!

3 – Tell me about what you do and your business Pelvic Physio Manchester…
I am a specialist pelvic physiotherapist, I treat women and men with bladder, bowel, prolapse, or pelvic pain problems.

I know these issues are seen as a big taboo, causing people a great deal of embarrassment and shame, perhaps taking them years to seek treatment which is awful. But once they know that they’re not alone and that simple, effective treatments without the need for surgery is available, I get a massive buzz in helping them reduce their symptoms and achieve their goals.

4 – What motivated you to set up your own business?
Being my own boss means I can work flexible hours and spend more time with my daughter as she’s growing up. I love working in the NHS too, I’m lucky to have a great pelvic health team at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

5 – How long have you been a physio and What made you want to specialise in Women’s Health physiotherapy?
I qualified in 2006, completed my Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2011 with my dissertation in women’s health. I’ve always felt it unfair that women can be left with disabling consequences of giving birth, often feeling they are expected to just accept them.

Not many women feel confident to exercise, enjoy sex or even go out to work when they can’t trust their ability to control their bladder or bowels. I don’t want to see anyone being held back from doing what they want to do because of their pelvic floor problems, because these issues are treatable! I lose my mind with frustration every time I see the Tena adverts encouraging women just to pad up and get on with it.

6 – What can someone expect from a session with you?

A listening ear. Nothing surprises me. I ask lots of questions about your health, obstetric and gynaecological history, occupation, hobbies and goals. After that, I offer a full physical examination and we would discuss the relevant anatomy and treatment options to help get you back on track.

7 – What’s the most common injury you see in Mums & do you have any handy hints/prevention methods? 
The most common condition I treat is stress incontinence, with 1 in 3 women experiencing leakage of urine with coughing, jumping or laughing. More people have incontinence in the UK than diabetes, asthma and epilepsy combined.

The main cause is pelvic floor weakness secondary to pregnancy and childbirth. Pelvic floor muscle training is the first line treatment for stress incontinence.

We know that doing pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy helps to reduce the risk of problems postnatally. Sometimes we just aren’t sure if we are doing them right and I recommend getting checked out with a women’s health physio who will be able to give you a personalised exercise programme and treatment plan. If in doubt, get it checked out.

8 – What’s your top tips for new Mums who are getting back to exercise?
Start slowly and gently with low impact exercise like walking, pilates, yoga, swimming and build up gradually. You are only as strong as your weakest muscle – work on improving your pelvic floor strength everyday.

Listen to your body- don’t ignore symptoms of incontinence or vaginal prolapse, seek help from your GP or women’s health physio. At Pelvic Physio Manchester we offer a Mummy Mot; a post natal Physiotherapy assessment from 6 weeks post birth onwards, where we assess your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor to ensure they are recovering well and we can advise you, based on your own circumstances, how to get back exercising safely.

9 – Let’s talk pelvic floor…what’s your advice to anyone who’s experiencing pelvic floor problems?

It really depends on what the problems are. We treat such a variety of problems; stress incontinence, urgency or frequency, urge incontinence, prolapse, constipation, leakage or urgency with bowel movements, pain with intercourse, or chronic pelvic pain. These problems don’t get better on their own, are often treatable without the need for surgery and you don’t have to suffer in silence. Seek advice from your GP or women’s health physio today.

To practice pelvic floor exercises first we want to locate where these muscles are; they run from the pubic bone to the tail bone and out to both sitting bones, surrounding the entrances to the bladder, vagina and bowels. To squeeze your pelvic floor imagine you are trying to stop yourself from passing wind, and then draw that sensation around to the front as if you are trying to stop yourself from passing wee. It’s a squeeze and a lift inside. Make sure you are not holding your breath, squeezing your buttocks or thighs. We want to be doing 10 quick squeezes for coordination so the muscles kick in quickly when we cough or sneeze and 10 long squeezes, for up to ten seconds, for endurance. If you feel the muscles are slipping away after say 5 seconds, just hold for 4 seconds, relax the muscles completely and try to do up to 10. Then the following week hold for 5 seconds and progress gradually till you can hold for 10. Try to do the exercises in different positions, lying, sitting or standing, three times a day for at least three months to see results, then it’s once a day for life. We need to use the pelvic floor muscles when we need them, so try to tighten them before coughing.

More information on pelvic floor exercises can be found at the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy website (https://pogp.csp.org.uk/)

10 – What’s your personal favourite type of exercise and why?

This week it’s been mainly dancing in the kitchen with a two year old. I love Pilates and teach a pregnancy Pilates class at The Pilates Rooms in Urmston.

Yoga, snowboarding and horse riding would also be my exercise of choice when I have the time. I’m a big fan of the couch to 5k running programme and have completed it a few times. When you’ve got a young family it’s easiest to run out the door and escape for a 30 minute run whenever you get the opportunity.

11 – What’s your best piece of advice to new mums who are having body confidence issues?

Get yourself some good mummy friends and talk. We’re all in this together and we need to support each other. I recommend classes like Becca’s where you are outside in the fresh air, with like-minded mums, exercising releases feel-good hormones to lift mood and an extra bonus- get you fitter!

12 – What can’t you live without?

Breathing. Might seem a bit obvious but nothing beats a few deep diaphragmatic belly breaths to take stress levels down. I find myself needing to do this quite a bit!- As I’m sure most mums do. Also people with pelvic pain problems are often breathing only into the top parts of their lungs, re-learning how to direct their breath into their belly, helps to relax the pelvic floor and can relieve pain and tension.

13 – I feel most at home…

When I’m with family and friends, wherever that is.

14 – How would your friends describe you?

I have no idea! Tall, Irish, ..amazing? 😉

15 – If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things (not people!!) would you take and why?

Fire, water and my iPhone.

So if you have any concerns or just want to talk through anything at all to make sure what you’re going through more “normal” then please get in touch.

Felicity’s contact details are:

Number – 07835157104

Email – info@pelvicphysiomanchester.com

Website – www.pelvicphysiomanchester.com

Guest Blog……Introducing my fabulous Run Leader Laura McKinney

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Laura, This Mum Can’s fabulous Run Leader took some time from her crazy schedule to talk to me about her, the love she has for running and what she can’t live without!  Laura’s kicking off her first solo led runs on Saturday morning as part of the new half marathon running club which started on Monday.

Who are you, where are you from and tell me some facts about you!

I’m Laura – I was born in Scotland, moved to Ireland where I grew up and then moved to Manchester last year with my Husband and 3 kids.  Before I moved to Manchester last year, I was a prop buyer and set decorator in film and TV.  This is where/how I met my husband.  He often works away and on one of his jobs he worked in Manchester and loved it.  He said “Hey, why don’t we all move here, it’s great”, so we did!

 

I feel most at home when…

I’m cuddled up on the couch with my 3 kids after I’ve just run 21kms

 

When did you start running and what got you into it?

Just after my 2nd child was born I walked the Dublin mini-marathon which was a 10k race – the largest event of it’s kind and I remember thinking “next year, I want to run this” and that was that!

 

What made you join a running club? 

I joined a running club back in Ireland years ago to help me reach my mini marathon goal of 10k – I was so nervous the first time but I felt really at home when I started it and I made some amazing friends.  I had a collicy baby driving me nuts and I needed to run off some steam and I was hooked.  When I moved to Manchester I saw Becca’s poster in Worthington Park – it was a lifeline as I didn’t want to run on my own all the time

 

Tell me about your best ever run?

I think it was probably when I ran the Connamarathon Half – it’s a rugged hilly course in the West of Ireland.  This was my first ever half marathon and I loved every second of it

 

What do you enjoy most about running with This Mum Can Fitness?

I love meeting like-minded people and when I started with the group, it was a lifeline – it also helps me to not get lost on my runs (which I have a huge habit of!!)

What motivated you to become a Run Leader?

When Becca offered me the opportunity to train as a Run Leader, I jumped at the chance.  I couldn’t have run all the races I have without other peoples support so I wanted to help train others.  We are all run leaders in our own way

What can someone expect from a run session with you?

I hope they will have fun!  You can run any distance if you do the proper training and learn to pace yourself and have the right attitude but the most important thing is that you’re enjoying it.

 

Do you get injured at all?  Do you have any handy hints/injury prevention tips that you can share?

I get the odd niggle but if you listen to your body and remember to stetch you should be fine.  Epsom salt baths are amazing and drink plenty of water.

 

What’s your top tips for new Mums who are getting back to exercise?

I literally ran from one lamppost to the next when I began running – we all have to start somewhere.  No-one is judging you, only yourself, so be kind and just get out there.

 

Let’s talk pelvic floor…what’s your advice to anyone who’s experiencing issues whilst running?

I try to do my exercises semi-regularly!  I guess I also try and engage my core when I run and that helps me.  Yoga’s great too to focus you on your core.  I’ve never had major issues luckily

 

What’s your personal favourite type of run training and why?

Speed work and hill training are great (when they’re over!) and they really work but my absolute favourite type of run is a long social run with a good friend when we put the world to rights!

 

What’s your best piece of advice to runners?

You learn the most on a bad run…never give up

 

What cant you live without?

A sense of humour

 

How would you friends describe you?

Bonkers!!

 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you take and why?

Sports Bra and a blankety blank cheque book and pen!

The Importance of Good Trainers for Running

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This next blog is about something which is vital to all runners – the importance of wearing a good running shoe.  Everyone is different and has a different shoe need but running shoes “are designed to protect your feet from the road, provide traction on different surfaces, cushion the landing shock and support your feet” (Active.com)

I’m trainer obsessed…yes, I admit it!! It must be a family things as my brother even collects them (yes that’s a thing!) I’ve 3 pairs of running shoes, 1 pair of training shoes and a couple of pairs of “fashion” trainers that I don’t really do any sport in, they just look pretty!!  You might be thinking “why does she have so many” and I admit I’m able to wear trainers a lot more than the average person so I do need a few extra pairs for if they get soaked or muddy, etc but please let me explain why I’ve more than one pair of running shoes…

A running shoe has a “life” and its estimated that this is around 300-500 miles before you should replace it, so I have 2-3 pairs of running shoes that I alternate between.  I wear the newer pair (once worn in) for my longer runs and then alternate between the two older pairs for other, shorter runs.  I can feel in a shoe when it starts to need to be replaced – I note achier calf muscles, sorer knees, etc when a shoe isn’t up to scratch any longer.  “Each time you take a stride and land, your foot has to absorb 2 to 3 times your body weight” (Active.com) so it’s vital that the cushioning and support that a trainer has to offer is up to scratch.

It is essential for injury free running that you’re sporting the right footwear.  The first thing I ask any of my runners when they tell me about an injury or pain in their knee, shin, back, ankle is about their shoes and whether they are fit for purpose.  You’d be amazed at what some people run in…

There are so many different types of running shoe – for performance/distance, racing, trail running, etc and there are 3 main categories of “feet” which is all linked to your gait which is the running term for how you run.  It can all get a bit mind blowing…“Running shoes should not only provide substantial midsole cushioning, they should offer arch support, aid the prevention of injuries and can promote improved athletic performance” (Livestrong.com)  It’s a lot from one little thing but it’s the most important bit of kit required for running.  But don’t worry – there are professionals out there that can help!  But before you go you need to ask the following question

What is it I’m training for? Are you a beginner trying to get to 5k, are you going for your first 10k or half or are you full blown marathon training?  The style and amount of cushioning/stability depends on what you are training for.  Quick hint…please don’t pick shoes entirely on colour or style.  It’s not about how they look it’s about how they fit your feet.  Obviously you have to like them but please don’t just get the prettiest in the shop!

So back to the professionals.  There are a number of Running shops out there – loads in the local area (Up and Running in Manchester, RealBuzz in Altrincham, Running Bear in Alderley Edge to name a few) and they are fabulous.  The staff are well trained and will be able to answer any running shoe queries you may have (hopefully!!)  What they’ll do first of is understand your “gait” by assessing how you run on a treadmill (in store).  They will look at how you run and analyse (in layman’s terms) how your stride lands on the belt and see what your feet and ankles do.  You gait goes into three categories – neutral, overpronate (feed land inwards) or supinate (feet land outwards)  Once they have seen how you run and what support your feet need, they will then recommend a shoe which is fit for purpose.  They will offer your shoes which cushion, support and stabilise your feet and ankles. In my personal opinion (and everyone has different) the top running shoes brands for me are Brooks, Asics, Adidas and Mizuno (not in any particular order!!) so keep an eye out for these.  My personal fave is Adidas but I’ve just got a new pair of Brooks and I love them!

By way of my final piece of advice and something which isn’t talked about that much is all about how your shoes fit.  They must feel comfy – they should fit you like a glove so to speak!  Also, you need a bit of space at the end of your shoe – the recommendation is a full thumbs width (yes, like Clarks!!)  This is, I’ve heard, one of the most commonly made mistakes from people with their running shoes.  It is down to the fact that your feet swell and expand when running and you need that extra room to accommodate this.  If your shoes are too small you run the risk of blisters or sore feet (or losing toenails if you’re marathon running – ewwwww!!)

So by way of ending this – go grab your runners and have a look at them and if you’ve even contemplating the fact that they’re probably on their way out, go grab yourself a new pair – in the same way that no-one ever regrets a workout, no-one ever regrets getting a decent, supportive pair of trainers.  If you want any advice please just comment or ask and I’ll share some wisdom if I can!!