If you've recently hit a plateau in your running routine and need some advice to get going, specialist running retailer Run and Become is offering a series of free workshops at their Edinburgh store this month. The workshops are designed for runners of all levels, from novice to expert, looking to enhance their performance.
Andy Paul from Edinburgh Podiatry Clinic will be holding one-to-one sessions on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Through the sessions, Andy will give advice on feet and lower limb problems, and will work with Run and Become staff to offer advice on suitable footwear.
There will also be three one-off workshops throughout the month. On Wednesday 10 October, Feldenkrais practitioner and Balanced Runner founder Jae Gruenke will lead The High Performance Running Form workshop from 6:30-8pm. She will discuss the key elements of healthy, economical running form; the underlying physical principles that cause us to run the way we do; the reasons why it can be so difficult to change your form; as well as giving cues, tips, and tricks to start you on your way.
A week later (17 October) Pilates instructor Jenny MacLean will hold her Try Pilates session from 7-8:30pm. Jenny owns and runs a personal training and Pilates business, as well as being a successful road and cross country runner. The workshop will give people the opportunity to try Pilates and gain a better understanding of its benefits and how it works.
The final workshop is on Friday 26 October from 6:30-8pm and will see certified Chi Running and Walking instructor Nick Constantine discuss, through particular case studies, the development of runners he has worked with (all levels) and give examples of what a more mindful approach to exercise and practice can bring.
In addition to the workshops, trained staff will be on hand to listen to customers' goals and aims, and will also provide free natural gait analysis. There is an added incentive for club runners as they will be given a 10% discount. For more information visit the Run and Become website.