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Why Run in 2019: Health Benefits

There are many reasons to run including for your health. Running regularly can have a great impact on your health making you feel stronger, fitter and full of energy. So, what exactly are the benefits? Running makes you happy It is no secret that exercise makes you feel happier in yourself. When exercising, hormones known as endocannabinoids are released which give you a feel-good feeling. Running just 30 minutes, a day can lift your mood making it easier for you to sleep and concentrate. If you suffer from anxiety or depression running can have a huge impact on how you are feeling that day. Running keeps you fit Running regularly will help to keep you fit. As you run you burn calories which helps you to lose or maintain your weight. The body continues to burn calories even aft [...]

Top Picks – Running Shoes in 2019

Already planning a full year of running in 2019? Well, our Start Fitness team has chosen what they think will be popular running in the new year. Whether you're looking for the perfect running shoes to finally commit to that 'new year, new me' promise, or you're after new trainers to beat your personal bests and smash race targets - we've got you covered! The results are in: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19   Weight: 311g (M), 272g (W) Heel/toe drop: 12mm (M), 12mm (W) The Brooks Adrenaline GTS range answers the call of any runner looking for real stability in their running shoes. Brooks have taken what was already a great running shoe and managed to improve it! With the introduction of GuideRails support system for greater stability and a springier, more cushioned ride, this [...]

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Top Picks – Best Running Shoes of 2018

Is there ever such a thing as the perfect running shoe to suit every runner? Well, no not really you see there's not a one-fits-all running shoe. Everyone runs slightly different, due to biomechanics, weight and foot shape so what may be great for one, may be awful for another. What we have done is looked at a wide range of customer feedback and combined it to feedback from our own Start Fitness staff to give you a majority view of the best running shoes of 2018. The results are in: Saucony Kinvara 9 Weight: 226g (M), 183g (W) Heel/toe drop: 6mm (M), 6mm (W) First up is the Saucony Kinvara 9, and it's easy to see why this light-but-cushioned shoe is getting a strong reputation on the running circuit. It offers an expert balance of performance and comfort. Meaning it's a great [...]

How to Race Cross Country

WINTER IS COMING. Who are we kidding? It’s 3 degrees and raining. Winter has well and truly arrived and it’s going to be a stark one. Together with the cold, we must reacquaint ourselves with other seasonal grievances. Runny noses. Post-Christmas blues. Shrinkage. And worst off all…getting out of bed. Winter also sees the highly anticipated return of cross country to the running agenda. Participation in the sport has risen since W. Cross raced to victory on a ‘fearfully heavy and wet’ Wimbledon Common in the first inter-club competition over a century ago. The first race in this season’s Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League experienced record numbers of female and male participants. This could well be attributed to how accessible the sport is. A pair of spikes [...]

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Bright Ideas For Running In The Dark

  January is HERE! Whether you're looking to get in better shape this year or just improve on last years fitness performance - running is a great way to kick-start your 2019. With darker nights well and truly upon us, sometimes the only option is to run at the end of the day. It can be a great way to clear your head and some runners actually prefer running in the dark as it can allow you to focus. Night-time running can be a little riskier than running during the day. There are a few things you need to do to ensure you're safe. With that in mind, our Start Fitness experts have five tips for running in the dark!   1. Buddy up! Running in the dark can feel a little lonely by yourself, finding someone not only means the time will pass quickly but it also means you're [...]

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5 Reasons To Keep Running In The Cold

  First off, we need to address how you're going to overcome the first and ultimately the hardest part of running on a cold winter morning - getting out of your nice, cosy, warm bed. Now, there are two methods which we've found pretty effective: Method number one is music. Play music on your phone the second you're awake. Not just any music, it's got to be that tune that gets you filled with energy, helping you to leap out of bed and get out on the morning run. Method number two, and a slightly less orthodox approach is to quite literally roll out of bed. Don't even think about it, just do it! The main objective is to leave your bed. once you've done that, the rest is easy! Of course, if you have a high bed then please stick to method number one - the idea is to get out of bed [...]

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5 Reasons To Run Cross Country

  If you're a road runner looking for a new challenge then cross country could be for you. You're off-road, challenging yourself on a variety of terrains in a variety of different conditions. Cross country can throw a lot at you, it's not for the faint-hearted. It can be challenging and exciting at the same time. The main reason to train cross country though is the overwhelming sense of accomplishment you get when you've completed a course, it'll make you come back for more. It's so addictive and a great form of training. So, if this all sounds appealing then we've got five more reasons to run cross country... 1. RUNNING SCENERY You’ll run through some stunning British landscapes. Every race is different - even if you run the same course, the weather drastically changes t [...]

Great north run 2018

Great North Run 2018 Checklist

  All those months of training and prepping, all those early morning runs and avoiding Friday night drinks to go training. It's almost upon us. The Great North Run is a matter of days away and on the 9th of September runners from all corners of the region, across the UK and around the world will be attending this iconic half marathon (57,000 runners to be exact). If you're one of those runners taking on the 13.1 mile course then this is for you! We've got an 8 point on-the-day checklist for you to run through - yes, the pun is absolutely intended - Sit back, tick these off and be confident that you'll smash it on the day!   8. Don’t change anything This is a really important one, don't do anything new on race day. Keep everything the way you are used to. Your meals, [...]

Asic Gel-cumulus 20 review

Asics Gel-Cumulus 20 review

'BACK TO BEST' The Cumulus 20 celebrates its 20th anniversary and the shoes are back to their very best! The fit has improved going back to a similar sizing found in previous popular models and updates in the gel and cushioning, along with its great looks means the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 is once again top of every runner's wish list. Firstly, the Asics Cumulus 20 shoe uses two types of FlyteFoam this time. Which means you get the cushioning and absorption from FlyteFoam Lyte and your bounce forward from FlyteFoam Propel. The gel in the forefoot and heel also ensures that the shoes can absorb the impact whilst running. Asics have also brought in an improved mesh upper which allows for breathability and movement around the forefoot, creating a sleeker, lighter and stronger running sho [...]