Running Resources for everyone

Finding out more about running can seem like an uphill challenge at times. I’m keen to share a few great resources that have opened my eyes to so many possibilities.

Where to run ?

This website isn’t specifically for running but broadly speaking if you can walk it, you can run it. Tap the link http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/contentnew/walking-in-england and page down to your county, then page down again for all the routes.

Discover endless options of where to run from a mile up to marathons and beyond, there’s something for everyone.

Building up your local knowledge is a great way to broaden your horizons, literally and metaphorically. Discovering new routes keeps your running new and exciting.

Running Advice / deals

There’s a multitude of advice on the internet but one website combines great deals with great advice. The combination of running, training and trail hubs, plus lots more articles, means the Sports Shoe site is well worth a visit. I’ve bought numerous items from this site and incase you are wondering, no, I’m not sponsored by them !! https://www.sportsshoes.com/trail/trail-running/

Videos

The running channel covers a huge amount of running related topics to watch and learn from. The guys are knowledgeable and engaging. https://therunningchannel.com/

Parkruns

This 5K phenonium has become a Saturday morning ritual for many. This interactive map allows you to find which is nearest to you, when we are allowed to return, or maybe try some parkrun tourism by running one out of your local area. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/#geo=3.87/55.05/-2.95

Social Media – Running Community

I discovered ukrunchat within a day of joining twitter. Their website is full of useful information but were they excel is the interactive nature of both their weekly hour long twitter chats on Wednesday and Sunday from 8pm to 9pm. With different topics every time it’s great to share in everything the running community is talking about https://www.ukrunchat.co.uk/

So in summary, go explore, learn more and get outdoor.

Thanks for reading and stay safe – Roger

What does the “i” in irunoffroad stand for ?

When I first contemplated writing a blog the two central themes that I had in mind were to try and express the joy that I feel when running through the countryside and how best to share those experiences with like minded people from our off road running community, both locally and further afield.

Yes the “i” relates to me in that it’s my words, photos and thoughts but at the same time I’m really keen that whoever is reading recognises the “i” as being themselves because they can identify with the locations, training and enjoyment that these trail running endeavors have to offer.

Running through nature makes me happy, it’s who I am, it’s a part of me and I know this applies to thousands of others. Sharing this common bond whether when running with friends or chatting across social media means the “i” is an all inclusive term for everyone that laces up their trainers.

Naturally the “i” prefix also stands for the internet and social media. The foundation of my blog is my twitter and instagram accounts, I chose not to use my actual name for those but to keep the consistent theme of what I set out to do. These accounts both feed off and feed into my blog.

I’m proud to say that I have virtually the same amount of followers and following on both twitter and instagram because again this community based relationship is at the heart of what I want to achieve.

The most famous “i” prefix belonged to Apple , I believe Steve Jobs started out with an intention that the internet was to inform and inspire, that’s a great place for us all start.

I haven’t blogged that much through lockdown but running has remained my constant source of hope and normality. I aim to start blogging more and I thought I’d press the restart button by going back to the basics of why I started.

Hopefully the “i” in irunoffroad doesn’t just come across as me writing, it also relates to you the reader because “we” love to run off road.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Roger