Mini Marathon Training

Written by Toni Teggin

Entries opened today for the 2016 VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon. The mini-marathon is a 10km road run around the city that takes place in June. Every year tens of thousands of women take to the streets and complete the 10km while raising money for charity. The charities really are the big winners in this event. In 2014 nearly €12m was raised for good causes. This event is a great excuse to dust off the runners and get fit while supporting your chosen charity. You can run, jog or walk the event.

Here at Archview Physiotherapy, we will help you along the way by updating regular blogs to keep you motivated. We will be including a mini marathon training program to help you along the way. So if you’re planning on completing the min-marathon or any 10km event this summer, make sure to check the blog page regularly.

Next week we will post up a beginners mini marathon training plan, this is designed for people with no previous running experience but would like to build up to 10km. Before you start your training there are a number of things you can do to make your training easier:

  • Invest in a good pair of running shoes – this is so important for every athlete out there, the right pair of shoes can give your proper support and help to prevent injuries.
  • Convince a friend to run with you – training with a friend or group is a great way to keep motivated.
  • Enjoy your rest days – your rest days are just as important as your training days, so make sure you enjoy them guilt free.
  • Keep a training diary – keep track of your progress along the way.

As with all exercise programs it is important to consult your doctor if it’s been a while since you were last active. You should stop exercising and consult your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain or discomfort in your chest, neck, jaw or arms during activity
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
  • Shortness of breath with mild exertion, at rest, or when lying down
  • Ankle swelling, especially at night
  • A rapid or pronounced heartbeat or a heart murmur
  • Lower leg pain when you walk, which goes away at rest
Woman running