Earlier this year I completed the Couch to 5k programme. This is a 9-week training plan that takes you from being a “couch potato” to being able to run continuously for 30 minutes, and is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve had several different training apps on my phone for many years, but it was the combination of having to do some training to walk up a mountain at the same time as a work colleague set up a new lunchtime running group for beginners that finally got me started. One of the things that had been a mental barrier to me starting to run was that I had no idea how to choose routes, where would be safe to run, or what kind of distance I could cover. This is why I am delighted to be working with the team at Delemere Forest, which is not that far away from me, to promote their new Run Forest Run running trails.
Launched by Forestry Commission a month or so ago, the Run Forest Run trails are signposted routes of 3, 2 and 1km distance, over relatively level terrain. They are targeted at beginner runners. In addition, to compliment the trails, Forestry Commission England has also developed a ‘Run Forest Run’ beginner training programme with top personal trainer Claire Darlington. The free introductory programme is full of weekly exercises, inspiration, tips, and health advice for getting you off the sofa and into the woods. It is delivered in the form of a weekly email, and so far the ones I have seen have been easy to understand and very helpful.
Another great feature of the Run Forest Run trails is that they have all been set up in conjunction with bounts, the app that pays you to exercise. Delamere Forest is a bounts venue, so you will receive extra bounts points for spending time there. And of course if you track your activity with a compatible running app (like RunKeeper or Strava) you’ll get extra points for that too. If you have no idea what I’m talking about I recommend you read the Mum’s the Boss review of bounts which explains it all very well.
As it’s been a typically busy summer juggling work and kids I haven’t managed to make it to Delemare to try out the new running trails. But I think they sound like a great idea and I’m hoping to get there soon!
Disclosure: I am working with the Forestry Commission to promote their Run Forest Run trails. I have received payment in the form of a gift voucher and a year’s bounts Premium membership in exchange for my coverage.