26 days, 9 hours, 54 minutes, 39 seconds…but who’s counting?

City to Bay is approaching fast!

Maybe you’re like me and tossing up the idea of giving it a crack?

Maybe you’ve already registered and have been training but not quite sure what you should be doing …

This blog will provide you with 3 helpful tips to prepare for your run!

1. Be wary of doing “too much, too soon”

This is VERY important.Often in the clinic we see people who have just started training for an event or trying to get fitter with pain in their shins, feet, calves and Achilles because they’re doing more than their body can handle. I get it though, when the motivation hits you just have to run with it (literally), however this can often lead to injury which actually derails training.

A good rule to follow is the 10% rule – what that means is that each week you increase your mileage by 10%. For example if you ran 1km last week, try for 1.1km this week. Personally I like to increase my increments by 20% as this feels more challenging, so your next week would involve running 1.2km. I suggest starting with the 10% rule and increasing once you feel comfortable.

 

Another gem is that you don’t have to run every day – this might be too much for you if you’re just starting out! Try and have a days break in between each of your runs to let your body recover. 

2. Do a warm up

Warming up decreases the chance of injury!

Your warm up should go for at least a few minutes and include movements like – calf raises, squats, lunges and dynamic stretching.

Cool downs are also important but can be more chilled – some light stretching or a walk will do just fine. 

3. Wearing the right running shoe

A good running shoe is one that feels comfortable as soon as you put it on, but keep in mind – it’s important to wear the right type of shoe for your activity. For example, your Converse probably aren’t the best shoes to wear for a running event even though they feel comfortable on the weekends. Shoes like this don’t have the same amount of cushion, support or durability that a good pair of runners will!Your brand of running shoe will come down to personal preference, with good pairs being found across all brands including Asic, Mizuno, Brooks, New Balance, Nike and many more. A few features to keep in mind are – the shoe bends at the toes (much like your foot does), enough room at the end of the toes and across the width of your foot.

If you go to a place that fits your foot (The Athletes Foot, Joggers World etc) you’ll have your feet measured and get expert advice on finding the right shoes for your feet!

Try these 3 hacks in your training to better prepare for your run. As always, if you have any further questions please contact us in the clinic!