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Monday 20 August 2018

Take to the tarmac for Cork Airport 5km event

Ready for lift-off... Spar’s Fitlive.ie series with The Irish Independent and Cork Airport

Irish Olympian Mick Clohisey; Noelle Foley of The Kerryman; Karl Henry; Maria Herlihy of The Corkman and Derval O'Rourke at Cork airport ahead of the SPAR Fitlive Run Series 5km - Cork Airport Midnight Runway Run on Nov 17
Irish Olympian Mick Clohisey; Noelle Foley of The Kerryman; Karl Henry; Maria Herlihy of The Corkman and Derval O'Rourke at Cork airport ahead of the SPAR Fitlive Run Series 5km - Cork Airport Midnight Runway Run on Nov 17

The hugely popular Cork Airport 5km Runway Run, part of Spar's Fitlive.ie series by the Irish Independent in conjunction with Cork Airport, returns later this month.

Runners will take to the runway at Cork Airport on midnight, Friday, November 17. Participants are welcome to run, jog or walk the distance.

The emphasis for the event is on wellbeing and promoting a healthy, happy lifestyle, a sentiment shared by hosts Cork Airport.  Those who sign up for the free programme will benefit from exercise tips, weekly workouts and running plans from Karl Henry. Irish runner, Derval O'Rourke, will also provide food tips and recipes.

Last year nearly 2,000 people took part and there has always been a real buzz around the airport as people take to the tarmac.

Runners receive a goodie bag, t-shirt, medal, refreshements, race chip timing and crossing line video.

Top tips from Derval...

Writing for The Irish Independent, famed runner, Derval O'Rourke is offering some top tips and meals for those who are taking on the Cork Airport Run. For this week, she is giving her top tips for choosing a workout partner and her meal is Spinach and Feta Frittata.

• Fitness levels: Aim for someone who is at the same level, or slightly better, than you. This way you can progress towards your goals and improve your fitness levels, strength and speed together. Pairing up with somebody who is way fitter, faster or stronger than you might be a little demotivating.

• Attitude: Pick someone with a similar attitude to you. I like to train with people that I would share a cup of coffee with. Some days I'm really happy to be training and other days I'm a bit moany! I find that training with people of similar attitudes helps. You need to gel with your training partners.

• Goals: Choosing someone with a common goal is important because if they understand what you're doing, and why you're doing it, then they can be a better workout partner. They can help keep you focused on and achieve your goals. Choosing the same goal is really helpful e.g. an event to work towards.

• Schedules: Ensuring your schedules are similar is key because no matter how ideal your training buddy might be, if your schedules never coincide then it's not going to work. Can you train in the morning or do you need to train in the evening? How are weekends for you? Think about this before getting your self a training buddy.

Spinach and feta frittata

Eggs are one of my hero foods. The dish is packed with good quality protein from the eggs and cheese as well as a dose of greens from the spinach, serve with a side salad for some extra goodness and a toasted pitta if you need some extra fuel.

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 15min

Ingredients:

6 eggs

50g feta, diced

4 tbs milk

Handful basil leaves, torn

Salt and pepper

1 tbs butter

onion, finely chopped

Handful baby spinach leaves

Method:

Preheat the grill to a high heat.

Lightly beat the eggs, feta, milk and basil in a medium bowl. Season well.

Heat the butter in a large oven proof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the onion and spinach for about 5 minutes.

Reduce to a low heat and pour the eggs into the pan. Do not stir the eggs: just allow them to cook gently for about 10 minutes.

When the frittata is softly set and golden underneath, remove the pan from the heat. Place the pan under the grill for a few minutes and cook until the top of the frittata is set and golden.

Cut the frittata into slices and serve on a warmed plate.

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