Countdown is on to 2014 'fit' challenge
Welcome to this week's edition of FIT. It's only five (and a bit) weeks to our Phoenix Park run that has both a 5k and 10k option. We're excited about the shorter distance; I want our runs to be open to absolutely everyone, from beginners to the elites.
We had a great turnout at last year's run (despite inclement weather!) and are hoping for an even bigger gathering of FIT heads this time around. You can sign up at www.fitmagazine.ie/events and grab the early bird for €20 (10k) and €13 (5k) – what are you waiting for?
With that in mind, personal trainer and running instructor Liz Costigan is dishing out advice every week on extending your distance. Her focus now is taking intermediates comfortable with a 5k on to their next goal.
Those of you who can already run to 10k distance and even marathon level should surely still find some words of wisdom in her piece on pages 8 and 9.
Daniel Davey talks coffee, caffeine and curbing jitters, Siobhan Byrne delves in to split training and Catherina McKiernan looks at the benefits of strength and conditioning training for runners.
We meet Dublin's Lord Mayor who's continuing the good work of his predecessor in getting people active, and look at Clinical Pilates as a method of physiotherapy.
All that plus live race reports, advice on motivation and planning, grassroots with Frank Greally, walking and cycling, and our 2014 cycling calendar part one, there's something for everyone this week.
Until next issue ...