For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack
Running... it’s like many things in life – some days it can go brilliantly and some days it can be terrible. One day you strap on your trainers, plug in the iPod and pummel your worries into the pavements, hills and trails and feel great. Other days, however, it feels like a never ending battle; your legs feel like they are made of treacle custard (if there is such a thing), your head is berating you for not simply sitting on the sofa and you ask yourself why on earth you ever thought it was a good idea in the first place. Yet, however you start the run and however you feel during the run, you can bet your bottom dollar that you feel better for it afterwards – it’s the simple reason we head out again the following day!
So why, you may ask, are we at the Wolf Run starting a blog? Well, for the simple reason that we would like to give you guys more and we want to work with our pack to ensure that all you Wolves have less ‘running bad days’ and more ‘running good days’.
Every Wolf Run you turn up and deliver. You push through, you smile, you have fun and you work hard. There is no doubt in our minds that for weeks and months before hand you have been working hard on your training and that some days that training has not gone to plan.
The Wolf Run is a small team of people, and we love what we do, but we are not experts in everything. Instead we work with several specialists who are at the very top of their game in terms of nutrition, health and wellbeing and fitness and we will continue to work with them to bring you top training tips, advice and articles to ensure that you are at your very best, getting the most from your training, looking after yourself and are ready to tackle the Wolf Run no matter what new obstacle we happen to throw your way!
So, let’s introduce you to our Wolf Run Pack of Experts…
If you’ve been to a Wolf Run then you’ll already know of the little bars of goodness included in every goodie bag at the end of the run. They are the welcome nuggets of deliciousness that are there to help you refuel after expending your energy on our obstacles. They are CLIF Bars.
With an ethos firmly rooted in a love of good food, CLIF Bar have been producing wholesome energy bars, free of hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup, for over 20 years after their founder got his inspiration on a long bike ride.
CLIF Bar know nutrition and they work with a host of talented, skilled and knowledgeable athletes who help spread the word and enlighten the rest of us (you may have caught our Q&A on Facebook with triathlete, Joel Enoch, and CLIF Bar in May 2015) We’ll be working with CLIF Bar to continue to provide you with the very best in post run snacks, our immensely popular Action Cam Competition and also, for Blog purposes, we will be giving you an insight into the perfect nutrition and hydration plans for your training.
Core Health and Wellness
Ever finished a Wolf Run and wished there was someone there to massage away the aches and pains? Or maybe you’ve got a recurring injury or stubborn pain that won’t go away when training and you need advice or treatment to fix it?
Core Health and Wellness have been working with us for the past 8 months to ensure all your body and mind issues are fixed ahead of, and after, the run. They'll give you free expert advice on injury prevention or rehab, and they'll even massage your tired muscles for free after the Wolf run (we do suggest a charity donation though folks) - preferably once you have washed the muddy mess off!
Set up in 2009 in Warwick, and now with a second fantastic health and wellness centre in Hatton, Core clinics are home to a host of exceptional clinicians and therapists, many with top pedigrese in sports healthcare including injury prevention and performance enhancement.
The Core team will be working with us to provide informative and interesting articles on how you can look after yourself throughout the year as well as throughout your fitness journey. In addition, don’t forget to look out for them at our Wolf Run events – we can say from our own experience that they are first class in their field.
Mark Hoban, Wolf Run Training & Fitness Expert
You may recognise Mark as one of the competitors from TV’s Last Man Standing – the immensely popular show that saw several guys leave their day to day lives to accomplish fearless, extra-ordinary fitness tasks (Zulu Stick fighting or Mongolian Wrestling anyone?!) Mark is now personal trainer, fitness journalist and motivational speaker, a USN ambassador, head of PE at a Birmingham Secondary school. He will be leading a group of finely tuned, experienced trainers to deliver our Wolf Run warm ups at every event and his crack team will be testing the course before we let you guys loose on it! What Mark doesn’t know about fitness isn’t worth knowing!
In later blogs Mark will be giving advice, talking through training plans and answering your questions so stay tuned for more!
If you have any questions that you would like answered or articles you would like to read in our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org