Week 1 Newsletter
Taking your running to the next level
We are about to start
Welcome back! We love that you are back with your team. For some of you, doing this programme will be about getting back into your training routine, for others it will be about getting more comfortable with continuous running, and for others it's just about keeping moving with your mates.
Over the next 8 weeks we are aiming to help you take that next step forward in your growth.
So, welcome to the next level and your Week 1 newsletter, remember to read these each week as they include important infomation that you need as we progress through this journey together.
Week 1 Sessions
Note the different meeting points for each session and maps below
Monday 28 August, 6.00am
Meeting Point: Armagh Street Bridge, North Hagley Park
Wednesday 30 August, 6.00am
Meeting Point: Deans Ave side of South Hagley Park (opposite the hospital shuttle carpark)
*Note that this is a different location to our previous programme*
Tuesday 29 August, 5.40pm
Meeting Point: Netball Courts, South Hagley Park (the hospital end of the courts)
Thursday 31 August, 5.40pm
Meeting Point: Armagh Street Bridge, North Hagley Park
Please run on the footpath at all times and keep left. Please don't run any more than 2 abreast. There are some uneven surfaces on this course so please take care and be responsible for your own safety.
After your coach-lead strength circuit...
From Barnett Park, run along Main Road to the pedestrian crossing at Augusta Street.
Cross over using the pedestrian lights. Continue up Main Road to McCormacks Bay Road, turn left.
Run around McCormacks Bay Road following the directions into Basil Place.
Run around Basil Place, coming back onto McCormacks Bay Road. Turn left.
Continue around to Main Road. Turn left.
Turnaround at your turnaround time (refer to your programme).
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Download your programme
There are 4 different levels you can choose from: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Return. As you have done Get up to Five before, you probably want to look at either Advanced or Return. If, however you are coming back from an injury or have been away from running for a while, choose a level that feels safe and achievable for you right now.
To access the different levels in the excel spreadsheet - click on the tabs with titles at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Also included in your programme is a comments area where you can add your daily comments about your training and a fridge checklist to print and tick off every session you complete.
As normal, in Weeks 1-6 our coach will take you through a 20minute strength circuit at the beginning of your session. The exercises will be working the different areas of your body we use for running to help you engage the correct muscle groups.
Please bring a mat with you as some of the exercises are on the ground (you can buy inexpensive mats from Kmart, The Warehouse or Bunnings).
As a reminder, below is a video of the strength circuit exercises you will be doing at the beginning of each session in Weeks 1-3. In Weeks 4-6 we have a similar circuit but slightly condensed. Please take a look at the clip below to become familiar with them.
Our coaches will be leading you through these exercises at the start of your Get up to Five sessions.
Reminders of how the sessions work
Roll Calls and On Time Starts
You know that we always start on time, we don't wait!
When you arrive at the session please "check in" with the coach taking the session roll call.
In Weeks 1-6 our coaches will take you through a strength circuit at the beginning of your session. The circuit takes approx 20 minutes (please bring a mat or towel as there are some exercises are done on the ground). You will then do your walk/jog section.
All of your sessions are 'out and back' runs. On your programme the "turnaround time" is stated for each session, you will run in one direction for that time then turnaround and come back in the same direction. For example if your total walk/jog time is 28 minutes, you will turn around at 14mins. It's important that you remember to bring a watch (and one that you can see!) to every run.
During the weekday sessions we will take you through stretches at the end of your session then you are free to go. On Saturday sessions we have all our groups together finishing at different times so we ask that you do your own stretches and then you can head off and start your day!
Apps for your Sessions
There are several apps that you can use to programme your sets into your smartphone and it will beep (or talk to you) when you need to start your walk/jog sets. These apps are free to download and make life a lot easier!
Android Phones: Interval Timer
Apple Phones: Intervals - Interval Timer
Keys, Gear & Headlamp
We will have a key-bag at the session and look after your car keys. All other gear is your own responsibility.
Morning team, please bring a headlamp to your sessions...although it is getting lighter, you will need this for the first few weeks. We need you to be able to be seen by others but also you need to see the pathways.
In this first week, if you can, try and allow a little bit of extra time to get to your session - just so you can figure out and remember where to park and how long it will take you to get to your session.
As normal, please bring a mat/yoga mat to every session for the strength circuit that we do at the beginning of each session (including Saturdays).