With just over a month to go before Run Fest Run here are a few helpful tips to help you get ready for the big weekend.
The 10k is not a marathon but you still benefit from spending time on your running feet.
Decide how many running days you can honestly achieve between now and May 20th. It could be 1,2 3 or 4 times a week but whatever it is, try and set a routine and then stick to it!
Vary your running sessions between slow longer runs, shorter quicker runs, and some interval sessions on grass, track or road. For instance 10 x 1 minute effort with 2 min walk/jog recovery.
Look to incorporate a few hills on your runs. Particularly shorter steeper ones where you can put an effort in. Hills are great for increasing heart rate and breathing in short bursts, as well as helping muscle strength.
DON’T FORGET TO USE YOUR ARMS!!
Get off the road sometimes if you can. Run Fest Run routes are a great mix of trails, woodland paths, and grassland as well some road. Go on, make your shoes dirty!
Take care of your legs by doing as much non-running activity as you can. No need to go to the gym. For example a few calf raises while brushing your teeth never hurt anyone. A handful of lunges while waiting for the kettle to boil. A few foot rotations while watching the News to keep the ankles moving. It all helps!
Finally remember to fuel properly, particularly after you have been running. We all know about Carbs, Protein and Fats as the components of a good diet, but recovery needs to be more Carb/Protein based. Some easy suggestions include Fruit Smoothies, yoghurt with fresh fruit or even homemade hot chocolate made with milk. Enjoy your training time and look forward to seeing you on the start line in May!
Purchase your Saturday tickets here to take part in the 10K, Night Run and many more! Plus, party by night to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Toploader and Dick & Dom!