The Final Countdown
Excitement is building with the roads and trails in the National Park packed with people putting in their final training sessions, for Run Killarney 2017. It’s going to be a great sporting occasion with and is now completely sold out!! Please remember that all competitors must come to the Gleneagle Hotel on Friday the 21st of July to collect your race packs between 5 and 9.30pm.
Road Closures & Traffic Restrictions
Local residents, please be aware of the road closure on the N71 Killarney to Kenmare road from 6.30am to 11.30am on Saturday the 22nd of July. Please be vigilant in the morning if you are driving in this area and take note of traffic diversions in place along the route.
Race Day Preparation.
As it’s less than a fortnight to the big day, your body and mind may feel tired. This is all normal and you are not alone. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for race day.
Let your legs and body recover from all the training you have been doing in the build-up to the race. It’s time to start ‘tapering’, in other words, starting to decrease the mileage (but keep up the intensity or pace) gradually in order to be as fresh and raring to go come race day! Now is a good time to incorporate some ‘race pace’ into your training, for example, if your goal is to run around 2 hours for the half marathon (9 min 10 secs per mile) then do some runs at this pace. It’s a great way of getting the body used to running at this pace and come race day it will stand you in good stead. Don’t forget to warm up and cool down after this though! If you have a niggle then rest for a day or two, our bodies are a great indicator if something’s not quite right so we should listen to it. Two weeks out and I can assure you that no fitness will be lost at this stage.
Keep your muscles nice and relaxed by doing some stretches, use a foam roller or do some pilates or yoga. You can check out some of our useful yoga stretches along with other useful information on our Run Killarney YouTube channel.
Hydration and Nutrition
Don’t drink too much water the day before the race, try to drink fluids regularly throughout the week. A good indicator if you’re well hydrated is if your urine is straw coloured. Any darker then up the fluids a little. Focus on eating a healthy diet in the week leading up to the event. You can then look forward to after the race for the indulgences to commence! Try to ensure you have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and good fats and also limit your intake of sugar. Energy gels are a great way of providing energy during activity but the golden rule is to try these out before the race to see what works and what doesn’t. There are loads of products out there and some will suit different people.
Get to know bus and race start times. (All this information is available on www.runkillarney.com)
“Let’s run for those who can’t”