Old Thorns Jog Squad

Jog Squad

Learn to run with Old Thorns’ Jog Squad

I’ve tried to take up running several times! I’m not looking to become the next Paula Radcliffe but I have always been keen to try the Park Runs and I would love to run the Great South Run one year – I’ve spectated so many times and always admire the thousands of people taking part. I’d consider myself to be quite sporty but when it comes to running I just don’t seem to have the stamina, or the right breathing, or long enough legs…I think I’ve used all the excuses! The reality of it is that I just haven’t dedicated the time or had the right support to get over that initial barrier.

Elevation Health Club’s new ‘jog squad’ seemed the perfect opportunity. A beginner’s running group designed at getting you from 0 – 5k within 6 weeks. Sure, there are lots of apps and plans that enable you to do something similar but something has always cropped up that’s prevented me from ever completing one. With Jog Squad giving me a dedicated time scheduled in my diary, a group of like-minded people doing the same and a coach to provide support and motivation – well I’m hoping that this is the right combination that is going to get me comfortably running 5k.

Over the coming weeks, I will share my progress – and if you would like to join me, just speak to the Elevation Team to join one of the groups!

Pre-run week

Received my group plan this week. Week 1 doesn’t look too scary! Looking forward to getting my trainers on and getting started!

week 1 2 minutes running 1 minute walking
week 2 3 minutes running 1.5 minutes walking
week 3 5 minutes running 2 minutes walking
week 4 8 minutes running 3 minutes walking
week 5 20 minutes running no walking
week 6 25 minutes running no walking


Week 1

After a gentle warm up along the Old Thorns driveway, our coaches (Bella and Rob) took us on a very picturesque route around the grounds that surround Old Thorns. I have driven up the Old Thorns driveway almost every day since December but I’ve never ventured from the road. I was enjoying taking in the countryside so much that I barely noticed running for the first 2 minutes. As the run progressed, the group naturally split so that everyone could run at a pace that was comfortable for them. Rob lead the front of the group timing our intervals. 2 minutes running always felt manageable although the 1 minute walking intervals always seemed very quick – still not convinced they were a full minute 😉 There was a relaxed feel to the run and the 25 minutes flew by. In previous attempts at running solo, I’ve always felt the time drag – but as a group, with chatter and the interval structure it was all finished before it had begun. The run really built up my confidence that the 5k goal is achievable and I feel ready to step it up and take on the next challenge.

A great start to my 0-5k journey – bring on week 2!

Week 1 stats
Distance: 3K
Total time: 25 minutes
Type: Intervals – Run for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minute
Temperature: 16 degrees
Coaches: Bella & Rob


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  • 2 course carvery dinner
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