The fantasy: you’ve just completed the Ealing Half Marathon in record time. You’re lean, happy and buzzing with life.
The reality: you’re sat on your ever-growing behind, polishing off the last of the Cool Mint Matchmakers feeling depressed about your yuletide excess.
So what are you going to do to lose weight and get fit in the New Year? You could buy one of those electronic stomach toners off The Shopping Channel; you know, the ones that don’t actually work. Or you could join one of Ealing’s running clubs and, like the Kids from Fame, start paying… in sweat!
6 reasons to join a running club in Ealing this New Year
1. It’s cheap. Very cheap.
Your gym membership may cost you £75 per month. Being a member of a running club costs considerably less than that for the whole year. Which means you have all that spare money to spend on new running shoes, fancy running jackets, hats, gloves, Garmin GPS watches etc…
2. You cannot fail to lose weight and become toned.
If there is only one reason to join a running club it is this. Run two or three times a week and eat sensibly and not only will you lose weight, but you’ll become, like, totally buff! Coming from someone who loves beer and eating fried egg sandwiches at midnight but is nearly a stone lighter than 18 months ago makes this statement fact.
3. You’ll get expert advice.
Running clubs feature coaches who are keen to spread their knowledge to all. Coach John Falvey of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC (ESM) is happiest when standing on track working out rep times and offering friendly advice to members to improve their running and fitness. The coaches at Ealing Eagles offer a training program for those new to the sport so you can get into it with people of a similar standard. They actually want to help you become fitter.
4. It’s easier not to give up.
When running on your own or going down the gym you’re more likely to make less effort or not even leave the comfort of your lounge. Being part of a club is to acknowledge that training takes place on certain days of the week maintaining your schedule. Also, when you run with others of a similar ability you can pit yourself against them. Not coming last every time is a great motivator in getting faster.
5. You will feel great.
The best (non-chemically produced) highs I’ve had have been through running.They might come from finishing a race in a new personal best or just getting out there for a gentle run in the evening. Running releases endorphins and actually doing something active on a regular basis is clinically proven to reduce depression and increase feelings of self worth. It’s cheaper than therapy and/or botox.
6. You don’t have to go far to find a club.
Ealing, Southall & Middlesex Athletic Club
Photo credit to Jean King of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC