A Runners Need…

Last night, I popped along to the Runners Need Southwark Bridge store for an exclusive women’s event all about running!


Not a bad start being greeted by cupcakes…and champagne…

welcome 😉

The event consisted of a few short talks from Christina MacDonald ( Women’s Running Magazine), a run coach, physiotherapist, Nike EKIN (talking about footwear) along with 15% discount in store and the opportunity to be measured for sports bras by Shock Absorber. According to the programme I had, Yurbuds were supposed to be there…but nothing was said…

Nike EKIN talk

Anyway, I found the first talk to be the most interesting…and came away with quite a few tips to share with you guys…so here goes…

Tip: the most important pieces of kit when you begin running are shoes and a sports bra

Tip: don’t compare yourself with other people 

Tip: start with a walk / run programme and build up gradually 

Tip: be consistent with training. Plan your sessions for the week in advance 

Tip: on days where you are lacking motivation, try and ‘out and back’ run – run to a certain place then try to run back quicker! 

Tip: cross training is important! 

Tip: vary your run route to eliminate boredom

Tip: don’t do hard sessions back to back…utilise recovery runs. 

Tip: build mileage slowly. Use the 10% rule – don’t increase mileage more than this per week

Tip: weaknesses can be magnified when you increase mileage. 

Tip: keep a running diary – note down emotions as well as your physical state

Tip: remember to hydrate

…..okay so there is a lot here! …and I even have a few more that I can maybe share shortly! In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like me to expand on any particular tip just leave a comment below 🙂 

We also got a fab goody bag with lots of bits including some cliff bars, vita coco, sweatbands, blister plasters and more! You know if I end up loving anything in particular I will share more with you! 

goody bag!

Happy Running Guys & Gals!

Elle 🙂 x



  1. P.J. Murphy
    July 24, 2013 / 13:42

    These are great tips! What a great event for newer runners.When people ask me for tips on starting to run, I always tell them to incorporate a run/walk program first. This way they build up endurance and they don't get discouraged.For me, I started with a few 3 mile routes from my house and ran/walked them until I could comfortably run the whole way.Once you're able to run 3 miles comfortably, you're off and running so to speak…

    • Elle Linton
      July 24, 2013 / 22:09

      I completely agree! Even though I have been running on and off for a while, when I changed distance,to train for a 10k there was still some run / walks in my training 🙂

  2. yousignedupforwhat.com
    July 24, 2013 / 14:23

    I like the cross training tip – when I started training for races (a 15K, then a marathon), I became obsessed with my running training schedule and "getting in my miles" that were prescribed on my schedule. I neglected to cross train very much. It works much better for me to cross train and also work on strength in various ways, and core workouts, and my running benefits from it!

    • Elle Linton
      July 24, 2013 / 22:10

      Yes! Everything seems to benefit another thing! …I also love yoga to alleviate the tension and right muscles that running can cause! …also much more interesting when you do more than running…makes you look forward to your next session 🙂

  3. Karien P.
    July 25, 2013 / 08:11

    Love the cupcakes! And the goody bag 🙂 .

    • Elle Linton
      July 25, 2013 / 12:01

      Had 4 cupcakes in the end as lots were left over! By a company called Lola's cupcakes…they tasted divine! Will be sifting through the goody bag soon… There was even another canvas shopping bag inside! Goto love a great goody bag!

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