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Training - with Eddie McDonagh

IF you have not yet started your training for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon on June 4, there is still time to get yourself fit for this great adventure.

Start training now, with the objective of walking all the way or, if you are reasonably fit, you could jog/walk to the finish line at St Stephen's Green.

If you have a sporting background and are reasonably fit from team games, walking, etc, start immediately with Schedule 2, or if you are a beginner, and would like to take part for your favourite charity, or get fit and lose weight, start with Schedule 1.

Do not train on consecutive days, if possible, and if you're feeling extremely tired from your exertions, take at least a two-day break between sessions.

A word of caution for Schedule 3 Runners -- as we now add an extra day's training, it may be necessary to slow the pace on the previous days to ensure muscle recovery and alleviate stiffness.

You can then head into this week in a positive state of mind to undertake the extra workload. Remember to warm up and cool down on all training sessions.

Time is running out to get your entry in for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

As numbers are way up on previous years, you should fill in the entry form in today's Evening Herald and post it immediately, to avoid disappointment.

For Training Schedules: www.florawomensmini marathon.ie.