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.
Every year we get lots of walkers taking part in the Run Killarney Half-marathon and 10K. Walkers enjoy the opportunity to walk the route on the Ring of Kerry Road when the road is closed to traffic. Walkers would not get the opportunity to walk this route usually as the road would be too busy with buses and heavy traffic.
No matter how long it takes you, all event services will be available to runners and walkers. So, if you would rather walk than run you can still sign up now. Remember that a mile is still a mile, regardless of the pace!!!
It’s four weeks to go, plenty of time to get some good training in. It is important over the last few weeks to focus and keep motivated. Most runners go through a stage where they can lose their mojo and lack motivation but don’t worry its totally normal! Keep reminders of why you are doing this and keep thinking about how good you will feel after the run. My advice is to run with a group, as friends can often be the best motivators or to go to your favourite place to run, get some motivational music on and hit the road.
Try mixing up your training by using different routes and terrain because not only as this keeps it interesting and exciting it will also lessen the impact that road running can impact on the body. Here in Kerry we are spoilt for choice with the magnificent Killarney national park, the mighty Gap of Dunlop (my favourite place!) or one of our beautiful beaches to trot a few miles out whilst admiring the views these places have to offer. Believe me I never get bored by doing this!
Using a GPS watch or download one of the many mobile phone apps for runners such as, Strava or MapMyRun can help your training in a huge way. By tracking your distance, pace, calories burned, speed and many more features adds so much depth and fun to your training. You can then download your runs to see your progress, elevation of the run, splits of miles and much more. These apps and watches also allow you to share progress and connect with other likeminded people via social media and is a great way of making new friends too.
If you can’t seem to find your mojo no matter what you do, take some time off. A few days rest will revive you both mentally and physically and the chances are you’ll miss lacing up the runners and will be raring to go after this time.
“Remember if it was meant to be easy everyone would be doing it”
There are limited places remaining, register online or by calling into O’Sullivans Outdoor Shop, New St, Killarney.