Physical Running Events are beginning to return to the calendar. For Geelong and Surf Coast locals, events such as the Surf Coast Century and the Bellarine Sunset run are planned to go ahead late 2020 and early 2021.
With continued improving conditions, we can expect to see more and more events returning as well as new events.
The important question is, are you ready?
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is the need to have something to work towards and look forward to.
For both beginners and experienced runners alike, there is no feeling quite like having all your hard work come together on event day… All the sweat, effort and pain of training is worth it for that final effort across the finish line, feeding off a crowd of people sharing in the experience and soaking up the afterglow having smashed your goals.
If you are like us no doubt you are excited to get back into fun runs, half marathons, park runs and more.
How can you get the most out of a running event and remain injury free?
Tip 1- Pick an event:
Picking an event will spark your motivation. The hardest part of running a marathon can be stepping up and getting out for that first training run. Once you have signed up for a running event and can see that finish line in your mind, it’s crazy how the motivation can build.
Make sure to pick something that is achievable and meaningful to you!
If you are new to running ticking off your first 5 or 10 km is a great accomplishment. If you have been running consistently through restrictions a half marathon could be a great way to test yourself.
Running events are often linked to great causes and in beautiful settings, you can pick an event that has an emotional or sentimental significance, or an event with great conditions for a performance goal.
All that matters is that the event you pick means something to you!
Tip 2- Give Yourself time, but not too much time
Ideally look at something 2 to 4 months into the future so you have sufficient time to work towards your goal and be specific and purposeful with your training.
An 8-16 week time frame ensures you are able to manage your training loads, listen to your body and peak at the right time.
An event might be a stepping stone to something further or bigger in the future e.g. a 10 km race in 2-3 months would give you a great foundation to launch into a half marathon another 10-12 weeks down the line.
Tip 3 – Seek out professional help
Upwards of 50% of runners get injured in a given year and many of these are due to highly preventable mistakes such as training errors, poor planning, inappropriate footwear etc.
If you are looking to prepare for an event make sure that you are getting the right advice and help along the way.
Running coaches are great to help plan your training and keep you accountable.
Allied health professionals like podiatrists and physiotherapists are able to help address any dysfunction and get on top of niggles, and technical running stores like Active Feet can make sure you have the correct footwear for your distance, body type and running style.
Having the right team around you during your preparation can make all the difference on race day
If you are looking to take on a new challenge and could use some guidance along the way please get in contact. We are here to help you!