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.
With 2 stunning routes to suit all levels of fitness, there is something for everyone at Run Killarney. The 10K and half marathon routes have been designed to be as flat as possible or downhill in some places to get you the fastest times, you might even be celebrating a PB at the after party!!
10k: Starts on the Muckross Road at 9.30am and finishes in the Gleneagle Hotel
Half Marathon: Starts at Molls Gap at 8am and finishes in the Gleneagle Hotel (competitors are bused to Molls Gap from the Gleneagle at 6.45am).
- Advice on running gear.
Running shoes are the most important item you’ll buy so it’s vital to pick the right pair. Forces on the feet can be one and a half times our body weight when walking and two to three times when running. It is crucial that your shoes fit correctly to prevent many foot conditions, alignment problems and possibly major injury.
- The right fit.
Only you can tell if your shoes fit properly. If they aren’t comfortable, don’t buy them! Don’t plan on shoes stretching with wear, because feet spread with age. Have your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Both feet should be measured as they are often different sizes. Go shoe shopping in the late afternoon and always buy shoes for the biggest foot. Most sports shops will offer good advice regarding running shoes so don’t be afraid to ask!! Size depends on shoe Brand and also the many different type of type of shoe. For example there are really lightweight shoes to shoes with more cushioning to help with support. I wear Adidas and always have to buy a half size bigger as they a smaller fitting. The internet is a great place to get information too on this topic.
- Perfect Pair.
To ensure that you are wearing the correct pair of runners, it is important to have your gait analysed. All good sports shops offer video and gait analysis.
- Replace Old runners.
Running shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Wear and tear in runners may not be not always be evident at a quick glimpse but turn them over and inspect the outer sole. All wear will be visible and can be a good indicator that a trip to the sports shop is inevitable.
Places are filling up fast make sure to register online or by calling into O Sullivan Outdoor Shop, Killarney.