A week at Club La Santa

Last week Mandy and I headed to Lanzarote for some sunshine and warmth. We decided we would head to Club La Santa which is located in the north of the island, about 30 minutes from the airport. 

If you haven't heard of Club La Santa before then this is what their website says : 

Club La Santa started with a dream to create the the world's best paradise for active people. Most sports are included in the price, so you can enjoy the facilities, group classes and entertainment for free. Everyone is welcome at Club La Santa, regardless of level and ambition. With so many activities to do, it is a unique experience that you and your family will never forget.

It sounded pretty good and we know a number of people who have been before and they rave about it. After a 4 hour flight from Edinburgh and a short taxi ride to CLS we arrived to 25C warmth and a slight breeze to take the edge off. 

Check-in was simple and although our apartment wasn't ready when we arrived, we left our bags behind reception and went to explore the complex. We quickly found the onsite supermarket and one of the 50m outdoor pools. We wandered around a bit more and found the running track, crazy golf course, leisure pool and the 2 other 50m outdoor pools! 

Before leaving Edinburgh we had downloaded the new Club La Santa app on our phones and now that we were checked in we were able to book activities. The app was super easy to use and we quickly booked in to a number of activities we really wanted to do. I booked myself in for the morning 5k run on the Saturday and also signed up to the 10k race that evening. 

We also booked ourselves in for beginners lessons for front-crawl swimming. I wont bore you with everything that we did during the week but we did find a nice balance between going to classes and chilling next to the leisure pool. 

The 10k race was at 5pm on Saturday evening and even though I had went out for the morning 5k run I was interested in giving the race a go. It was hot! 2 laps of a 5k route which was basically out along the road towards La Santa village, around a cone and then back to the track twice. 

I could have stopped after the first lap and taken the 5k win but I decided to push on and hold on to 3rd place for the 10k. The Green Team, who are the main point of contact while at CLS, had a water stop on the track and again out at the turn point, this was needed as I was roasting! I threw water over me and drank a full cup each time. 

I also took part in the track session on the Monday and then the 1/2 marathon later in the week. 

The half marathon was basically the same idea as the 10k except it started at 7:45am and was 3 laps. 

This time the route went all the way through La Santa village and around a cone. It was a tough wee course with a couple of long slow climbs to really tire the legs. I was over the moon with 1:25 time though and another 3rd place finish.

I then went exploring and ran a route my coach from Edinburgh AC had sent me, it was called "the Ridge run" and it was amazing. I headed out from Club La Santa up along a trail and then up around the ridge which I could see from the track at CLS. The views at the top were amazing and my Inov-8 Trailrocs performed brilliantly. I had planned to run the route one final time later in the week but then on Wednesday evening, when out for a 12k trail run with the Green Team and others, I tripped and went a tumble. I cut my knees, elbow and shoulder and sprained my big toe! I probably should have turned back but instead I kept on running as I hadn't realised how much damage I had done to myself. 

Decided to run the ridge this morning. Took the @inov_8 #trailroc out for a spin and they performed amazingly. The views from the top of the ridge was worth the climb. What a way to start the day!! 🏃🏃🏃🏃 Not only did my inov8s perform but my ashmei kit always performs, especially in these conditions. My body might be sweating like I've sprung a leak bit it keeps me comfortable at all times 👍 Cheers ashmei ▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪▪ #ashmeirun #runnersworld #runnerscommunity #runtoinspire #ukrunchat #instarunners #WantItMore #RunAlways #runnersofinstagram #runforlife #runnershigh #igrunners #worlderunners #runnershoutouts #RunnerLand #runshots #dailyrunpic #trailrunner #time2run #running #halfmarathon #training

A post shared by Owain Williams 🏃 (@scottishrunner) on Sep 27, 2017 at 2:19am PDT

The whole week was amazing though, lots of activities to do and the weather was pretty good as well. Mandy and I did some Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming and lots of running. 

I'd recommend Club La Santa to enjoy for a chilled out holiday, even with all the activities you can relax and do nothing if you so wish. There is no pressure to do activities and there is a real mix of fitness levels and abilities. 

Owain Williams

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