Ladies’ running classes for beginners with See How She Runs
See How She Runs are celebrating their 3rd Birthday this January by offering FREE taster sessions for beginners at 11am on Monday 9th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th. If you’ve always fancied learning how to run, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out.
See How She Runs is a friendly, successful and established ladies only running group, started by Karen Usher in 2014. Karen is a qualified primary school teacher and a highly experienced, licensed UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness who has competed in numerous 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and the London Marathon too. She leads running classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced runners on three mornings per week, and new members are always made very welcome.
Learn how to run in a friendly, supportive environment
Do you like the idea of becoming fit and lean, and learning how to run in a warm and friendly environment? It doesn’t matter how fit or unfit you are to start with, or how young or old you are, as we will help you become fit and strong. Come with us on on a running journey from Zero to 5k in a matter of weeks! You’ll be amazed at your progress on our structured training programme. Some of our ladies choose to enjoy social running with the group only, whilst others enter fun runs, 5k and 10k races and even half marathons!
FREE taster session of running classes for beginners in January 2017
We are so confident that you will enjoy and benefit from our running group that we would like to offer you a FREE taster session in January. All you have to do to book your place is call Karen on 07980 341743 or email her on email@example.com. Places are limited, so book your place as soon as you can – you know it makes sense!
More Information about See How She Runs’ running classes for beginners
We meet at Alford Road car park on Alford Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6GJ at 11am to 12 noon on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Running twice a week is ideal for your progress, but you can join us once a week if you prefer. If needs be, you could always change your days each week to fit around work and other commitments. It costs £5/session and you pay per half-term in advance. For more information see See How She Runs’ website.
Testimonial from Caroline
I can’t believe where I was a year ago. I had spent years in an office based job, all my spare time seemed to be spent refereeing the squabbles of my 2 young children, and I used stress as my main method of burning calories. It was not a good place. I used to love exercise, but now I was too tired, too busy, and the rest of life had taken over. Then last New Year I decided enough was enough and made a resolution to get fit again by running. My objective for January was to be able to run home from the school drop-off, about 2km, without collapsing. In February I started trying to go further by running round Holme Pierrepont Lake, but just found it deathly dull and started flagging. Things were not looking good for my 2016 resolution.
Then a friend suggested I join ‘See How She Runs’ (SHSR), a West Bridgford based running group run by Karen Usher, who is a qualified coach with a really friendly manner. I hesitated initially, thinking I wouldn’t be good enough for a ‘running club’, worrying I would slow them down, or that they would all be friends already and I might not fit in. However, after nearly 3 months of trying to go it alone, losing the will to live plodding round Holme Pierrepont, and spending far too much time worrying whether every stranger I ran past was actually a mad axeman of some sort, I decided safety in numbers may not be a bad thing, and agreed to give it a go.
Karen does a number of different courses, from total beginners to advanced, with endurance or technical runs to choose from. I very quickly wished I had joined sooner. Everyone was so lovely, it felt so safe, so liberating, to go out with people who had similar goals and all just loved getting out in the fresh air, exploring the local area on the ever changing routes Karen would draft for us each week. The other women were all really friendly, and we would chat as we ran round, sometimes getting so absorbed in conversation that the hour just flew by. (Yes, you can actually talk whilst running, who knew?!).
I joined the advanced ‘endurance’ group straight off, even if I wasn’t very fast and had to walk up a lot of the hills to begin with. Karen makes sure no one is ever left behind. I spent a term also attending her intermediate technical group which really helped my technique, (I even started to enjoy hill reps!), and soon I was entering 5k and 10k runs with the group.
Karen really knows the local area: the first time she took us on a run up Sharphill and through the woods I was blown away by the amazing views over the city, I had never known those footpaths were there! And running fantastic routes along canals and rivers, and even through the streets of West Bridgford, there is always something new to discover and a new way to push yourself.
Some of the highlights of the year for me included running the 5am 5k run round Nottingham City Centre with hundreds of other runners in the crisp morning air before the city awoke, followed by a fab fry up with the SHSR runners. Also amazing was running the 10k around East Midlands Airport, past parked planes on the closed runway! SHSR often get groups together to enter organised races where people can support each other and share lifts. Karen even arranged longer training runs over the summer for some of us crazy enough to attempt the Robin Hood half marathon in September, which was the experience of a lifetime.
So now, a year later, I have gone from struggling to run 2k, to having done numerous 5k runs, 10k runs and a half marathon! And I also have a whole new bunch of friends, have discovered so much more of the area I live in, and feel healthier with more self-confidence. And as for being too tired to run? It’s actually given me more energy, and I sleep better.
I am pretty sure without Karen and SHSR my resolution would have petered out in a couple of months. It’s what has made this year great, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Caroline, December 2016.
Some of our happy See How She Runs’ runners!
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