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- Is training suitable for beginners?
- Will I be able to keep up with everyone else?
- Do I need to be super-fit?
- Do I need to do a fitness assessment?
- Should I check with my doctor before I start training?
- Can I run if I have asthma?
- How do I register?
- What time should I arrive?
- It’s raining! It’s snowing!, It’s cold! It’s too hot! – will there be a class?
- What should I do if I have an injury or I am ill?
- Are there any toilets, showers and changing rooms?
- What do I do if I have a cut or open wound?
- Is it ok to eat before training?
Training Kit FAQ’s
- What do I need to bring?
- What do I need to wear?
- What type of head torch do I need?
- How do I plan for the weather?
- How should I prepare for running on sunny days?
- How do I avoid getting sores & chafing?
- Do I need to bring my own water?
- Should I bring food?
- What do I do with my valuables?
- Should I bring my mobile phone?
Is training suitable for beginners?
YES. Training is suitable for beginners. So don’t worry you wont be the only one who hasn’t trained before. You will be grouped with other beginner students.
Will I be able to keep up with everyone else?
As mentioned above students will be grouped with students of equal abilities. Of course the first few sessions will be more challenging, but that’s the point of training, to get you stronger, faster and fitter. We guarantee that only after a few sessions it will be other newbies who will be worrying about this and NOT YOU.
Do I need to be super-fit?
NO. But you will get super fit with our dynamic, inspiring and structured training sessions. You will be training with other students of all ages, fitness, shapes and sizes. So you will not feel out of place.
Do I need to do a fitness assessment?
NO. However you will be required to fill in a written health and fitness form.
Should I check with my doctor before I start training?
If you have an underlying or family health issue that you feel that would effect your training or be affected by the training, then it is recommended that you seek the advice of a doctor or medical consultant. You will be be expected to complete a health and fitness form when booking.
Can I run if I have asthma?
On the basis that your doctor or specialist has not advised you otherwise YES you can run. The only requirement that we insist on is that you must bring your inhaler with you to the training sessions. Please make sure that you advise your coach on your arrival at your session that you suffer with asthma.
How do I register?
Click here to book your training.
What time should I arrive?
DO NOT BE LATE – We always start on time! For timetable click here. If it is your first session always arrive 15 minutes before the session starts. If you arrive early don’t hang around and get cold. Start warming up with some light jogging. Similarly if you have jogged to the meeting point don’t stand around whilst your body cools down, stay warm by doing some light jogging. Light jogging means you can still chat amongst yourselves!
It’s raining! It’s snowing!, It’s cold! It’s too hot! – will there be a class?
YES, YES, YES and YES. We will be there whatever the weather! When you train in all weather conditions then you can be prepared for all eventualities in your life. Training in harsher weather conditions is going to push up your endurance levels. PLUS you need to keep in a routine of training, so that you can complete your training plan.
What should I do if I have an injury or I am ill?
If you have or think you have an injury or illness it is important for you to let your coach know at the beginning of the session. Ultimately it is your decision as to whether to train. Bottom line is that if you are not sure, then you probably shouldn’t. If you injure yourself during a session, then you need to immediately inform your coach so they can take the appropriate action. In all cases we recommend you go to your A &E or doctor as soon as possible.
Are there any toilets, showers and changing rooms?
In some forests there are however we may not be close to one when nature calls. We recommend you bring a small pack of tissues or wipes in case you get caught out in and you are not close to a public toilet. Assume there won’t be and if there are it will be a treat.
Changing Rooms & Showers
There are trees, bushes and other places to change. Sometimes we have access to changing facilities. Please check details of the individual forests for full details.
What do I do if I have a cut or open wound?
If you cut yourself during training with a sharp or unknown object it is recommended that you have a tetanus jab. Tetanus is caused by infection with Clostridium tetani bacteria. These bacteria can enter your body through a wound or cut in your skin. They are often found in soil and manure. Similarly, you are at risk if you arrive at training with an existing cut or open wound. For more information visit the NHS website.
Is it ok to eat before training?
It is important not to eat anything substantial 2-3 hours before training. A piece of fruit like an apple or banana 1 hour before is fine. Alternatively, Frutina natural real fruit snack (100% fruit) is what I will often eat 15-30 minutes before training. It is a great natural fructose boost and as it is processed it breaks down very quickly and put little demands on my digestive system and therefore won’t make demands on my energy system.
Just remember you will be jumping, crawling, lifting throwing and if you have full breakfast or meal in side you it will churn and make you feel sick.
What do I need to bring?
- Water or isotonic drink.
- Snack bar, energy bar, sports bar or fruit leather for sessions over 2 hours.
- Water Bottle belt.
- Head torch if training in the dark (see FAQ below).
- New students please make sure you bring your Session Pass receipt.
- INSECT REPELLENT – Bear in mind that midges and mosquitoes are in the forests on both dry and wet days.
IMPORTANT NOTE – You will be climbing, crawling, carrying and therefore your kit may get dirty, wet or muddy so you may need to plan to change at the end of the session or when you get to work.
Optional items (dependant on weather)
- RAIN – Lightweight breathable waterproof jacket and beanie type hat.
- COLD – Thin layers is the best option. Fingerless gloves (cycling or gym type) and beanie type hats.
- SUN – Sun block & head wear as you feel is appropriate.
- COOLING DOWN – Just remember after a full training session your body will cool down, so have extra layers with you.
NOTE – Make sure that if you are wearing any of these optional items that you are wearing a suitable size rucksack that will fit all these layers, as you will get hot within 10 minutes of training and are likely to remove some if not all of them.
FULL DETAILS ON ALL THESE ITEMS CAN BE FOUND IN THE FAQS BELOW.
What do I need to wear?
Just remember you will be crawling, climbing and lifting so anything you wear has to be hard wearing and may get dirty/muddy. We recommend you wear loose comfortable clothing but not baggy. It is important to remember that even if the air temperature is cold once you start to train you will get hot. So layers is the answer. So make sure you can fit any layers you take off, you are able to fit into your rucksack, which you will be wearing whilst you are training. Plus you may need to cover your arms or legs if you are sensitive to midges & mosquitoes when in season. There will be element of trial and error.
If the weather is mild shorts will be ok otherwise running leggings/tights will be good for colder days.
Can be vests or t-shirts, ideally a good moisture wicking top will keep you drier. What I always wear whatever the weather are arm sleeves. This way I can adjust to the weather/insects without having to change my top. You can buy specialist sports ones but I wouldn’t recommend compressors as your arms can feel quite compressed. A DIY option is to take a pair of regular black men’s socks and cut the toes off and the heal makes a good elbow bend. I tend to go for this option.
If it is cold I suggest a long sleeve base layer top and you can put your arm sleeves over.
Are optional. If you choose to fingerless gloves are ideal either mountain bike or gym with a good snook fit. I use these http://bit.ly/13omLPH or these http://bit.ly/13omOew
Summer – As the weather begins to warm up and the ground starts to compactwe normally recommend the Invo-8 Roclite & Trailroc Range. Click here to see the range. For more budget trail shoes check out the Karrimor range.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT INOV-8 SHOES – Please be aware of the toe to heal drop of the different models as you need to transition down in stages.
What type of head torch do I need?
Depending on the season training can start or finish in the dark. You will need to bring a suitable head torch. From personal experience I find a 51 Lumens head torch suitable for most eventualities. I have the Petzl MYO RXP which is programmable up to 140 Lumens.
How do I plan for the weather?
It’s England, and the weather can change from moment to moment. So the key is be prepared. Always check the weather forecast at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk or on our website, but don’t always rely on the accuracy. Just because the weather is OK before you leave home or work, bear in mind it can change during a running training session.
Be prepared for all weathers and your covered. See FAQs ‘What do I need to wear?’ & ‘What do need to bring?’. Wear layers rather than individual thick items. This way you can take the layers off one at a time. Thin and insulating items are more practical. Plus bear in mind you will cool down rapidly after the training.
How should I prepare for running on sunny days?
Although the training session is only 1.5 hours please be prepared for UVA exposure even on overcast days. Wear suitable sunblock, headwear, and bring extra drinks as you feel is appropriate. This will reduce the risk of sunburn, sunstroke and dehydration.
How do I avoid getting sores & chafing ?
Not everyone does. But those of you who do I recommend using BODYGLIDE because it works. The Anti-Chafe balm helps prevent and relieve hotspots on feet, and chafed, chapped and cracked skin from head to toe. It penetrates the skin and creates an invisible, comfortable barrier against friction and moisture – without clogging pores or trapping perspiration, feels ‘dry’ to the touch. Visit http://www.bodyglide.com for their range of products. Vaseline can be used but it tends to be messier and can damage your clothing.
Do I need to bring my own water?
YES. We recommend a 500-750 ml bottle or water and/or isotonic drink for most people. This can be in a sports water bottle. Try to avoid screw top lids that need to be removed to drink as they are fiddly when you are running.
Should I bring food?
YES. We recommend an energy bar, fruit leather or sports bar. By the way try to only have a small snack in the 3 hours before a training session.
What do I do with my valuables?
We recommend that you do not bring anything that you do not need as there is nowhere to store it other than in your waterproofed rucksack (see FAQ above). The management will not take responsibility for your possessions so please make sure you are satisfied with where they are left if they are not on your person.
Should I bring my mobile phone?
For emergency reasons we recommend that you bring a mobile phone. Always make sure you have your coaches mobile number just in case you do get separated from the rest of the group.