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Virtual Running Benefits

Virtual Running Benefits

The period of lockdown resulting from the pandemic has changed the look and feel of many parts of our day to day life, including hobbies, activities and so much more.

This is also true for running, where many large events have opted to go virtual instead of being delivered in person.

But running virtually can be a great thing, allowing runners a tangible goal during an uncertain time – as well as grabbing some goodies along the way!

We’ve put together our list of the top 4 benefits of running virtually.

1. New Motivation

Let’s face it; motivation during the past 12 months has been harder to come by than usual. Not knowing what the future holds has had a real impact on our way of living, socialising, exercising – everything.

So having a virtual event to look forward to can be hugely important to your motivation levels. Being able to set a goal and follow a training schedule gives you something to aim for and can help create good habits, even after the event is over. Virtual running actually produces two really important aspects for effective behavioural change – accountability and incentive.

2. You’re in Charge

One of the best things about a virtual event – you’re in charge! You get to decide what your event day run looks and feels like. Do you want to breathe in nature? Go for it. Want to jog around your local park 10 times? Why not. Want to run laps around your garden? Be our guest. The only thing you need to worry about is completing the distance of your chosen event, the rest is up to you.

3. Community Feeling

Even though we won’t be together in person, that doesn’t we won’t be together in spirit! Unfortunately, guidelines have dictated over the last 12 years that crowds should be avoided. So when else will you be able to join other like-minded runners, all trying to achieve a similar goal?! As soon as you put your race number on and head out the front door on your event day, you join the #bigfunrun family and become part of something much bigger.

4. Swag

If we’re being honest with ourselves, one of the best things about running an event is the kit you receive afterwards. If you don’t Instagram the medal once you’re finished, did you even run the race?!

But completing a virtual run is a huge accomplishment in itself, and you deserve to have that achievement commemorated with some great goodies.

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Smoothie Recipes for Runners

Smoothie Recipes for Runners

There’s nothing worse than running on an empty stomach. Not having the energy to fuel the performance you’re capable of can be frustrating and ultimately demoralising for runners. Smoothies are a really effective and healthy way to increase your energy levels and can boost recovery post-run. 

Here are our top 5 recipes.

1) Banana Smoothie

– 1 cup of milk (whatever kind is your preference)
– 1 large banana
– 1 tablespoon of peanut/almond butter
– ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

This is a really easy and quick one, simply pop all the ingredients into your blender and then blitz until you get a consistency you’re happy with. Bananas are perfect for an active lifestyle, they’re quick and easy to eat, and they provide energy through their healthy carbohydrates and potassium. This helps control muscle contractions during activity and also aids recovery by restoring electrolyte balance post-activity.

2) Green Smoothie

– 1 cup of almond milk
– 1 apple
– 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
– 1 tablespoon of peanut/almond butter
– 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

If you can see past the colour it turns your smoothie, spinach is a great ingredient. It’s low in calories, but high in fiber, iron, zinc, folate, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. The nitric oxide reduces the amount of oxygen muscles require during activity, making running easier and reducing the chance of injury. Just 2 small handfuls in your smoothie will provide a huge amount of nutrional benefit! Blitz all the ingredients together and pop in a scoop of protein if desired.

3) Blueberry Smoothie

– 1 cup of milk
– 1 cup blueberries
– 1 cup blackberries
– 1/2 cup of Greek yoghurt 
– 1 large banana
– 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Blueberries are incredibly good for you. They are very low in calories but high in nutrients. They’re packed with antioxidants, which protect your body from unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases. Adding the yoghurt into this recipe is not only delicious but is a good source of protein and calcium. Again just pop in to the blender and blitz until its smooth.

4) Tropical Smoothie

– 1 cup of milk
– ¼ cup of Greek yoghurt
– 1 large banana
– 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
– 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
– 1 teaspoon dessicated coconut (optional)
– 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Pineapples are packed with immune-boosting nutrients and enhance heart health by dissolving artery plaque. They’re great to eat post activity as they reduce the time it takes to recover from exercise due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Mango is full of fiber and antioxidants making this smoothie packed with nutrition and perfect for a runner pre or post run. Put the ingredients in the blender and blend till its done. Add the coconut and/or honey if you like your smoothies a little bit sweeter.

5) Avocado Smoothie

– 1 cup of almond milk
– 1 ripe avocado
– 1 cup greek yoghurt
– 1 kiwi

Avocado is full of healthy fats. This helps to fill you up, meaning a single avocado can reduce the desire to overeat or snack later in the day. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, making them a great source of energy for longer exercise sessions. A whole avocado contains around 230 calories – providing 3g of protein and 9g of fibre, which ensures high energy levels and stabilised blood sugar.

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Five Reasons Spring Gets Our Tails Wagging

FIVE REASONS SPRING GETS OUR TAILS WAGGING


Brighter days, warmer weather and frolicking with our favourite four-legged friends all mean one thing – spring has arrived! What does this mean for us Dog Joggers? Here are five reasons spring gets our tails wagging…

    1. Calm after the storm

A wise man once said: “You never appreciate Spring until you’ve been through a tough winter.” – and it’s the months of battling inclement conditions and being cooped up indoors more that makes the longer days and lighter nights all the more sweet for us when they finally come round.

    1. Combine walkies with playtime

This is a great time to dust away those cobwebs and for you both to get more active on a daily basis. Why not begin taking longer walks or integrating some jogging when playing catch and watch your fitness gradually move to the next level?

When starting to take longer walks or jogs with your dog remember to build up both of your exercise routines gradually as like us our four-legged friends may need to take it a little bit easier initially and not do too much too soon.

    1. Grace the great outdoors

While treadmills make a great alternative to outdoor jogging for us humans when winter really bites, there’s no substitute for getting out in the great outdoors. The changing of the seasons is a great time to get out in the fresh spring air and explore new routes around your local area with your canine chum!

    1. Time to Train

Spring marks the start of the events calendar. So whether you’ve got a 5k or other challenge event planned that you are looking ahead to; it’s the perfect time to kick start some training and in no time you will be harvesting the fruits of your labour, scooping up some well deserved medals and most importantly some memories that will last a lifetime!

    1. Flower like a spring pansy

It’s time for you to come into your own, just like a spring flower. Once you’ve been motivated to get moving and your confidence grows, be prepared to blossom with pride at your progress.

If you’re looking to get more active with your dog in 2018, Dog Jog is a brilliant opportunity to accomplish your personal goals with your four-legged friend by your side as well as meeting like-minded dog owners in your local area. Find your local event at www.dogjog.co.uk.

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Have a Bark in the Park in 2018 with Dog Jog

Dog Jog 2017

HAVE A BARK IN THE PARK IN 2018 AT DOG JOG

All 20 events in the 2018 Dog Jog series have now been launched which encourages owners to get fit and have fun with their four-legged friends this summer.

Taking place from July-October, the 5K events are aimed at all ages and abilities which will reap great benefits for both owner and dog. The events are set in some of the most scenic settings throughout the UK, encouraging runners to have a ‘bark in the park’ with their canine companions.

Following the success of the Dog Jog series last year, 3 brand new venues – Eastbourne, Gateshead and Middlesbrough have been added to the 20 event-long line-up to complete the events biggest series to date.

Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy once they cross the finish line. There’s no other event like it in the UK.

The events are also a great way for participants to raise money for a charity they really care about, whether it be a dog-related charity or otherwise.

Event Director, Neil Kilgour said: “This is the first event of it’s kind in the UK and promises to attract thousands of dogs and their owners to get fit and have fun in 2018.”

“The Dog Jogs are a fantastic opportunity for you and your canine companion to get some fresh air and meet other like-minded people and dogs in your local area. Even better, your pooch can decide the pace –  walking, jogging or running hounds are all welcomed”.

“We want to ensure that every dog has the best experience possible and that’s why we are putting every effort into making sure they leave with their tails wagging for days! When you cross the finish line, you’ll receive a fantastic jam-packed Doggy Bag for you and your dog to enjoy and reflect on the wonderful achievement.”

The Dog Jog Series provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit.

Entries for the Dog Jog series are now open for all events throughout the UK. For more information and to find an event near you, visit the website: www.dogjog.co.uk.

The 2018 Dog Jog events are:

  • Brighton – 14th July 2018
  • Southampton – 15th July 2018
  • Leeds – 21st July 2018
  • Nottingham – 22nd July 2018
  • Glasgow – 28th July 2018
  • Edinburgh – 29th Luly 2018
  • Maidstone – 4th August 2018
  • Eastbourne *New for 2018* – 5th August 2018
  • Derby – 11th August 2018
  • Sheffield – 12th August 2018
  • Manchester – 18th August 2018
  • Liverpool – 19th August 2018
  • Ipswich – 1st September 2018
  • Milton Keynes – 2nd September 2018
  • Birmingham – 8th September 2018
  • Coventry – 9th September 2018
  • Gateshead *New for 2018* – 20th October 2018
  • Middlesbrough *New for 2018* – 21st October 2018
  • London Crystal Palace Park – 27th October 2018
  • London Victoria Park – 28th October 2018
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