Nikki McCarthy Hicks & Ange Saville of Savvy Fitness are our inspiring #RunGirlRunClub Trainers from Wollongong. Both women have years of experience in the health and fitness industry under their belt and are sure to inspire throughout the 8-week program. Get to know Nikki & Ange and sign up for our Wollongong Run Club below.
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE THEM…
Ange: “Passionate, Happy, Driven.”
Nikki: “Confident, Reliable, Happy.”
ON THEIR PRE & POST WORKOUT MEALS…
Ange: “I try not to eat pre-workout unless I’m headed for a long run or training over the 90min mark but post-morning workout I can’t beat poached eggs on a grain sourdough with baby spinach and perhaps some avocado.”
Nikki: “I love poached eggs & avo on rye sourdough as my post workout breakfast. If I’m working out in the afternoon (which is more likely!) I have a banana or Ryvita with cottage cheese as an afternoon snack.”
ON WARMING UP PRIOR TO A RUN…
Nikki: “The first 6 minutes or so of your run is really uncomfortable when you don’t warm up. A solid 10 – 15 minute warm up really helps you find your rhythm quickly and also helps your body move more freely. Warming up and cooling down properly can aid in your muscle recovery and also help reduce the risk of injury. There is so much benefit to be gained by including a dedicated stretch session into your training schedule at least once a week. I recommend it for all of our runners.”
TOP TIPS FOR STICKING TO A RUNNING TRAINING SCHEDULE…
“1. Make sure the end goal is important to you.
2. Make sure you have an end date or a particular event you are training for so there is a time factor involved.
3. Train with others. Find a training buddy or a few that will help you keep accountable to your training sessions.
4. Set a realistic weekly training schedule that works with your life responsibilities. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting out to do the impossible each week.”
“Planning! Schedule it like it’s an eyebrow appointment and put it in your diary. Register for Run Wollongong & come & train with the #RunGirlRunClub. Running with a team helps motivate you and turns a training session into a social event. Win win!”
ON THE ‘RUNNER’S HIGH’…
Ange: “Nothing beats it. There are two types; there’s a mid run high where you are running along and it feels so good you simply smile and run happy and its a real sense of freedom then there is the post run high when during it may have been tough and uncomfortable but when it’s done you feel like you’ve achieved something great and worthwhile. The post run high then inspires the motivation to do it again.
Nikki: “Running is hard whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional. The runner’s high comes when you run your first continuous 1km, 3km, 5km. Once you have achieved that you think maybe you could run 10km or run even further or faster. That feeling you get when you achieve what you once thought was unachievable is the runners high! You feel proud, invincible, you believe in yourself!”
BEST ADVICE FOR NEW RUNNERS…
Ange: “Consistency is the key to success. You can’t just start and expect dramatic results within a week, you have to continue to work at it week after week. With consistency the results will come and running will get easier but you will have to practice patience and persistence.”
Nikki: “It’s all about consistency, you need to run at least twice a week most weeks to see improvements. Get yourself a good pair of professionally fitted running joggers.”
CHANGES GIRLS CAN EXPECT TO SEE IN THEIR BODIES AFTER COMMITTING TO #RUNGIRLRUNCLUB…
Ange: “Running is a great form of weight loss as you are using your entire body it is one of the activities that will expend the most energy. You can expect increased tone in those running and core muscles too!”
Click here to sign up for #RunGirlRunClub Wollongong, 8 weeks of fun 6km run training for all fitness levels, starting Tuesday 22 August.
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