Thursday 27 April 2017

How to train – it starts here

From sofa to starting line, we have you sorted.

With six weeks until the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, there is plenty of time to get yourself up to pace in time for June 5th.

Ignore that voice in your head that says you can’t do it – you can and the first step is to enter today – there’s nothing like a date in the diary to provide you with the motivation you need to lace up your runners and start pounding the pavement!

Whether you’re a running novice or just a bit out of practice, we have all you need to know so you are fit and ready for the starting line on Monday June 5th.

Kitted out

First things first – before you run or walk you need to get a few essentials! Intersport Elverys are the official apparel sponsor for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and they’ve a few tips before you get going.

Good running shoes, tailored to your feet and gait, are a must – they’ll help you to get the most out of your training session and prevent any possible injuries along the way.

A good sports bra is a must for anyone walking or running on June 5th. A normal bra just won’t provide the support you need and under-wired bras are a definite no-no for any potential joggers or runners. Get fitted by an expert and invest in this vital piece of kit – not only will it keep you comfortable, it will also prevent ligament damage to the breast tissue.

Finally, a lightweight sports rain jacket is a terrific item to get – of course the days are getting brighter and the weather is improving but it’s Ireland and a rain shower is usually just around the corner. A light-weight jacket that you can tie around your waist will ensure you’re fully prepared for all that the Irish climate can throw at you.

Training programmes

So you’re kitted out, now what? Whether you’ve run or walked before or this is your first time training for an event, a training programme, suited to your level of fitness, is a great way to keep you on schedule, ensure you build up your fitness gradually and that you vary your routine.

The Vhi support panel have developed six week programmes for walkers, beginner runners and improving runners to follow. You can access these on the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon website here.

Avoiding injury setbacks

After all your hard work, the last thing you want is an injury to side-track your progress. We all know the importance of a good warm up and proper running shoes when training but there is so much more to consider if you want to stay injury free.

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon have partnered with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists to help participants reach their maximum potential.

They have developed guidelines for participants about staying fit and healthy while training for the event. From advice on how to avoid injury to how to recover after training, there is plenty of useful information to keep in mind over the next six weeks.

Training together is better

The best way to stay motivated and to stick to your training plan is to run with a friend or running partner. Why not sign up to the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon with a few friends or your colleagues? You could even make it a family affair and run with your mum, daughters or even grannies!

If you are looking for a bit of company, there are loads of established running groups all around Ireland like parkrun. Don’t worry about your ability, all of these groups welcome beginners and will help you with your training. You might even make some new friends along the way!

Click here for more information and find your very own running family.

Sign up today as the closing date is fast approaching. Women can enter for the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon by registering online here. For those that would like to enter by post, official application forms are available in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday. Entries close on 28th April 2017.

For further information on the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon visit vhiwomensminimarathon.ie or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Sponsored by: Vhi Mini Marathon

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