Chris Grayson, experienced -marathon runner and pacemaker, joins us with a weekly blog to help you prepare in the lead up to Run Killarney 2018.
It’s just under 6 weeks to go until this year’s Gleneagle Run Killarney on 28th July. We have a great weekend lined up. With a 10K and half marathon route, there is a distance for everyone and a great opportunity to make Run Killarney your summer goal.
My name’s Chris Grayson and I’ve taken part in this great event for a number of years which is one of the best road races in the Country, if not the world. Registration is filling up fast, so I would advise everyone to register soon to guarantee your place. You can register online, by post or in person by calling into O’Sullivan’s Outdoor Shop, New St. Killarney.
Follow my blog over the next few weeks for all the latest news, advice and tips to help you prepare for Run Killarney.
Training can definitely be fun if you plan and focus on your goals. Remember we are here to help you make every step count. Here’s some tips on how to go about getting fit for your event.
1. Register for an event
By registering for an event, it gives you a target date to train towards and allows you to become focused on training
2. Pick a training plan that suits you (check out runkillarney.com for some samples)
3. Pace yourself
Gradually increase mileage to avoid injuries. The general rule of thumb is don’t increase mileage by more than 10% each week.
4. Join a running group
Running groups are a great way to stay motivated, meet new like-minded people, improve your running performance and get useful training tips.
5. Introduce cross training
Complement your training with swimming, cycling, yoga or Pilates to optimise your strength, flexibility and level of fitness.
6. Rest and listen to your body
Rest plays an important to any training regime as your body needs time to recover and repair after the vigorous training. Usually incorporate a few rest days in your week especially after a long or hard run.
7. Keep it interesting
We are spoilt here in Kerry with trails, mountains, Wonderful beaches, stunning scenery and beautiful quiet boreens to run on. It’s good to mix up running with varied terrains, hills and softer surfaces to lessen the impact of constantly running on the roads.
8. Get the right gear
Best bit of advice I was given was to invest in a good pair of runners as these will be taking all the impact of this wonderful sport. It’s also great to look and feel good!
9. Stay healthy
Start as you mean to go on by building a solid base for training. Make sure you are well hydrated and eat a nicely balanced diet and get lots of fabulous sleep!!!!!
Register here before it’s too late!