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Training with Eddie McDonagh

ARNOLD Bennett wrote: "We shall never have any more time. We have, and we always had, all the time there is."

This is your time ladies and make the most of it!

Let there be no excuses in your pursuit of fitness and set aside the time needed in your daily routine.

Do not do all your training on consecutive days, as a day off in between will help muscle recovery and will see you come up fresh and eager to carry on to the next phase.

To minimise aches and pains over the next few weeks, be careful not to overdo the pace as we can get a bit carried away as fitness levels increases.

We are fortunate in Ireland to have many parks and grassy areas within easy reach. You may find it a little uncomfortable at first, as it tends to be a little bumpy and less even than a road surface.

The best way to avoid injury is to run on a surface with a little bit of give and to wear a good pair of running shoes. Initially, the lower back knees, ankles and feet are the areas that suffer most and you can add insoles or heel pads to your shoes, if you feel you need extra protection.

All the targets set in these schedules on the Flora Women's Mini Marathon website are achievable and should not be exceeded.

If you do a warm-up, with stretching exercises up to 10 minutes before the main effort, your muscles and joints will be sufficiently lubricated for the task ahead.

Best of luck!


Coach -- Dundrum South Dublin AC

For Training Schedules: www.florawomensminimarathon.ie.