***WELCOME TO OUR NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER***
With Christmas approaching, this month's newsletter includes details of our FATRUN LDN Christmas Drinks, as well as our Christmas gift list. We also bring you our recommended travel destinations for spring next year, our workout of the month and two of our favourite spring running events for you to sign up to.
For further news & event updates, connect with us on Instagram & Facebook and we hope to see you on the 8th for some celebratory drinks.
George, Matt & Tim
1 UPCOMING EVENT: FATRUN LDN CHRISTMAS DRINKS // THURS 8th DECEMBER 19.30 - 22.30
Since starting in June, we've met over 200 people at various FATRUN LDN events, from Yoga for Runners to Autumn Night Trails, and from our Regents Park Run Club to our monthly Run & Brunch.
To celebrate, we're delighted to invite anyone who has attended one of our events in 2016 to our FATRUN LDN Xmas Drinks @ our HQ, The Old Dairy Cafe in Fitzrovia on Thurs 8th December.
- £5 all drinks included (cash on arrival or pre-paid via eventbrite)
For more information, check out the Facebook event here.
2 CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST: FIVE THINGS THAT ANY RUNNERS WOULD LIKE TO FIND UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE THIS DECEMBER
For those of you who do your Christmas shopping before Christmas eve, here is a list of gifts that we'd recommend giving to any running obsessed friends or family members...
FOR HIM OR HER
1) InjiInji Snow Midweight OTC Running Socks - $30
2) Iffley Road Training Log - £18
3) Swim, Bike Run: Our Triathlon Story by the Brownlee brothers - £6.29
4) Iffley Road Thorpe Granite Long Sleeved - £120
5) Sweaty Betty Thermal Earwarmer - £18
3 TRAVEL: WINTER TRAINING IN MADEIRA, SPAIN
Madeira has an under-rated trail running scene, and being on the same latitude as Morocco it's also a super place to train over the winter months. Even better is that flights out there are cheap at under £120 return with EasyJet...and you can get an Airbnb for around £20 per person per night.
Trail Running Info - Madeira Island Ultra Trail
4 WORKOUT OF THE MONTH: #2 WHOLE BODY STRENGTH WORKOUT FOR RUNNERS
With the off-season upon us, now's the time to focus less on Personal Best times and more on preparing your body for a long 2017 season. Here is this month's workout, our #2 whole body 30 min muscle endurance workout, which you can do at home or in the gym. The workout focuses on building endurance in muscle groups we use when running - hamstrings, glutes & quads - while also works on abdominal strength and some upper body exercise.
NB. if you're unsure how to perform each exercise, just head over the YouTube.
Kettle Bell Swings - 3 sets of 12 repetitions
Bodyweight Press Up Matrix - 3 sets of 12 repetitions including 4 close, 4 normal and 4 wide press (if you can't do this, rest your knees on the ground)
Glute Medius Isometric Hold - 3 sets of 30 secs on each leg
Split lunge with rear foot elevated on a bench - 3 sets of 10 repetitions on each leg (this is great for building quad strength and knee stability for those downhills)
Reverse Plank - 4 sets of 30-45 secs
5 SPRING RUNNING EVENTS: NORTH LONDON HALF & EDINBURGH MARATHON...
The mince pies will be out soon and the last thing on your agenda will be signing up for a running event in March or April. So...we highly recommend getting signed up to your spring event now before gluttony takes hold.
If you're looking for a spring half marathon in London, the Vitality North London Half fits the bill. Guaranteed to be well organised, use this race as a good first step into half marathons or as a training run ahead of the London Marathon just over a month later. If you're looking for PBs, although the official race route hasn't been published, the course is likely to be very flat.
If longer distances are your thing, and (like most people) you didn't get into the London Marathon, the Edinburgh Marathon on 28th May could be perfect. Sign up with a few mates and finish the race just in time for a Sunday lunch.
Vitality North London Half