Training

We believe it’s easier to train with a group than on your own – it’s always more fun and often more productive. This page is meant to explain the basic types of session that we do as a club. First of all, we’d like to emphasize that everyone is welcome at any session, no matter your ability. Obviously some sessions are more strenuous than a steady run, but you might even find you like them after a while!

Training Schedule

With the exception of Wednesday’s circuits class, all training sessions start from DVC (see map below) at 6:15pm

Monday Club Run An easy club run in 3 (or 4, depending on numbers) different paced groups led by the Captains and the Jogging Secretary. Not intended to be a hard session, the aim is to set the pace so that you can comfortably hold a conversation whilst running.  A recovery and catch up run after the previous week’s training and racing.
Tuesday Intervals One of the sessions where the hard work is really done. This is a Coached session with our fantastic coach James Jarvis who leads the club through a structured interval program to improve speed. Groups of differing abilities are established to ensure the best training is had by all.

A group of our faster runners also meet at the same time, and do a harder, more intensive session.

Wednesday Gym Circuits Wednesday used to be a day to rest (and go to the pub). The latter is still definitely true, but we also holding a circuits workout led by our coach Alister on Wednesday afternoons. These classes focus on flexibility, balance, stability, and core strength – all useful skills for running. We hold two classes each week, taking place in the Crags Sports Centre at either 2pm,-3pm, or 3pm-4pm. There is a charge of £2 per session, which covers the cost of room hire.
Thursday Fartlek/Tempo Run/Hill Reps/Jogging Group Alister leads another hard session that sees the club alternate between different sessions around the Meadows and hill reps on a variety of Edinburgh’s finest hills. The jogging group also heads out for an easier 3-5 mile run around Edinburgh.
Friday No set training However, there will usually be a Harie out running somewhere who would be happy for your company! Just post a message on the Facebook group if you want to find someone to run with.
Saturday Race day Most Saturdays will be taken up by racing in various locations, and as such there is very rarely a session on.
Sunday No set training There is no official training, but running tradition dictates that Sunday is the best day for a weekly long run. It is also often a popular day for groups to head out to the beautiful Pentland Hills to the south of the city to do some hill running – look out for interested people on the Facebook group


View Larger Map DVC, where we meet for training

All training (apart from circuits classes) meet at the east corner of the Meadows, by the kids’ playground and opposite the old Dick Vet School (now called Summerhall). This spot is known as DVC (Dick Vet Corner). You can come to as many or as few of the sessions as you like, and if you’re keen to race then come along to as many as you can manage. You will benefit the most by coming regularly, especially with Tuesday’s interval sessions, which sees the difficulty increase as time goes on. We will plan the season’s training around several key races:

  • Alan Scally Road Relays which double as the Scottish Uni’s Road Relay Championships (beginning of November)
  • Scottish Universities Cross Country Championships (start of December)
  • BUCS Cross Country (start of February)

The Jogging group also welcomes runners, whether you are just taking up running, trying to get fit or looking for a fun and friendly atmosphere. New joggers often find that they like running so much that they come along to race for us as well, and many will be amazed to see just how much their performance can improve.

Advice

We suggest you keep a “Running diary” to keep a record of your mileage, the type of training you do, and so on. This helps to plan what you do from one week to the next logically, keep track of your progress and to learn from particularly good or bad sessions.

The captains and coaches (James Jarvis and Alister Russell) will always be happy to discuss training with you, and will answer any queries you might have as best they can. There are also a lot of experienced runners in the club. Just ask around if you’re unsure of anything and someone will be happy to advise.

Finally: stick with it – like with most sports, there are times when running can be frustrating; there tend to be phases where you make progress very fast and others where it’s a while before hard work starts to pay off!