The thought of running is sometimes more appealing than the reality especially if the training isn’t how we want it or the focus switches mid training due to injury or external factors, family, work, friends, the general flow of life!
As Spring attempts to break through, it’s a good time to see how you feel, what you want to achieve; importantly what will be fun! Running alone or with friends both have benefits. Training towards the same goal is always good and motivating, we runners are good at lifting each other and understand so much can change from run to run be it physical or mental wellbeing all important factors to enjoying your run.
Training plans are always good to follow if you don’t think you have the discipiline or want advice of improving your run.
Be realistic with your choice, ensure its not going to become an obligation, keep it fun, challenge yourself but don’t beat yourself up, there are so many great runs, all sorts of distances and terrains, keep happy and enjoy every step even the ones of doubt as the next steps will be ones of determination and success!
Congratulations to everyone taking part in the London Marathon 2016; all 37,000 runners you are amazing.
Whether it’s 1 mile, 5 miles, 10 miles or a marathon.
Every Runner starts with one foot in front of the other, looks forward and not back.
If you believe in yourself anything is possible.
These schedules are by Hal Higdon (Biography), based in the USA; the programmes mention road running and are easily adaptable to off road. There are many other training schedules on line.
5 MILE / 8KM TRAINING PROGRAMME
10 MILE / 15 KM TRAINING PROGRAMME
The Ridgeway Run is using Lapio Mobile Timing Solution for managing the results on the day. This means there will be no chip at the event. When you cross the finish line, there will be volunteers who are responsible for the timing. They will type your number into the Lapio Mobile App and your time will be launched to the result page right away. This means that it is really important that you wear your racenumber on the front.
Whether you are new to running or a runner looking for company there are some great running clubs in the area.
Here are a few; if you are a running club and would like to get involved please contact us.
The clubs we have listed we know, they are really friendly with a mixed range or abilities and ages, they are very welcoming to new faces and you are sure to find someone who runs at your pace whether that be a hare or a tortoise.
Highworth Running Club
White Horse Harriers
Marlborough Running Club
Swindon Shin Splints
Devizes Running Club
Pewsey Vale Running Club
Both routes start and finish in Ashbury, running past the church up a narrow path turning right onto a footpath running along the field, keeping to the right hand side, you will then go up some steps, turn left towards a field and then right following the footpath you will see ahead of you a left hand turn where you will start your gentle climb up onto the ridgeway. Turning left you will run along the ridgeway then turn right where signposted keeping to the hedge line on a footpath down the side of a field towards Ashdown. There will be a sign taking you left down the side of the Ashdown Woods with the house on the right handside, the path takes you to your first water stop and then crossing the B4000, this is where the 5 mile and 10 mile route split.
Below are the maps.
THE 5 MILE ROUTE
THE 10 MILE ROUTE