Hi everyone. I thought we might mix it up next week with a run designed to target a few Strava Segments. If you don’t know anything about Strava, don’t worry, it will be just like a normal Thursday evening run, with a number of sections and re-groups, with the aim of running a bit faster on those sections which are Strava sections. We will run as one group, but there are chances for people to cut short if they want lower mileage, and if you aren’t that keen on fast pace, then we won’t leave you behind, I promise.
If you are into Strava, we will be hitting 6 segments, most of which Paul Thomas is currently the fastest club runner on. Will we knock him off top spot on any of them? Only time will tell. Will he be there to defend his sections? Let’s hope so. But this isn’t just about top spot (since let’s be honest, most of are not going to beat Paul!). So this is really a chance for you to run with others also pushing hard on these sections to improve your own times, and perhaps gain a few places on the leader boards.
If you are new to Strava, are not sure what I am talking about but would like to get involved, then this is your chance. Go to Strava.com on your computer and create an account, or download the app to your smart phone. Then if you have a smart watch / garmin / fitbit etc, you can link it to your Strava account, or bring your phone for the run and log the run directly into Strava. If none of this makes sense, look at the ‘how it works’ page on Strava (https://www.strava.com/how-it-works), and if that still doesn’t help, go to our club facebook page and ask your tech savvy club colleagues for help. And without trying to sound too patronising, why not try and get it sorted this weekend, and go and try it out so you know how it works before Thursday, as asking for me for help setting it up at 7:05pm on Thursday is going to be too late!
To see your results on the night once we’ve run, if you bring your phones to club we can all stand around looking at them and see how we’ve done. To be able to compare your results with other club members also on Strava, you need to join the Thornbury Running Club Strava club. This is easy. On your computer (once you have logged in) there is a menu along the top – in the explore tab select ‘clubs’, search for Thornbury Running Club and join. On your phone app, you can find us in the Explore section at the bottom.
Think that is it. If anyone wants to also head to Hawkes afterwards for a quick drink and further staring at phones and segments rather than talking to each other, that might be fun too.
And as I mentioned at club, i’ve also got a treasure hunt / bag-a-pub run planned for the 13th April too. More details to follow.