Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 8 - How to make your long runs more comfortable

The Irish Examiner Cork City marathon is drawing ever nearer and I’m sure everyone hoping to take part is upping their training distances.

Long runs are essential for preparation but you don’t have to suffer through them.

There are plenty of ways you can make yourself more comfortable and even begin to, dare I say it, enjoy your running.

It’s the tiny things that make the world of difference when it comes to comfort and avoiding injury. Here are some tips.

 

1. Use a hot rub before you hit the road

If there are any little niggles or pains bothering you make sure to invest in a hot rub to get the blood flowing and ease the pain. They really are great and the tingling feeling you experience after application is reassuring.

2. Bring water with you

Common sense, right?

You’d be amazed at the amount of people that get dangerously dehydrated on long runs. If you’re not hydrated, you’re wasting your time because your body is working too hard for you to gain any benefit from your running.

Water bottles can be hard to carry, but you can get special grip bottles and running belts that help you carry a bit more. Also, you could include a public water fountain in your route for handy refills.

3. Bring some gel packets

You’re going to be using these, or something similar, on race day so you’ll need to get your stomach used to them. They are very, very sweet and don’t taste all that nice so they could cause you to get sick if you haven’t taken them before.

Consume conservatively before you get tired, not after and they will keep you going for miles.

4. Make sure you have your best trainers on

Another obvious one and something I have written about extensively before, but the amount of people who try to save money by skimping on footwear and end up getting injured is absolutely mind boggling.

Ensure you get your feet measured, avail of gait analysis at your local sports store and make an informed choice about the type of shoe that suits you.

Do yourself a favour; spend the money and save your precious feet from the pain.

5. Apply anti-chafing product before you go

There really is nothing more painful than chafing in parts of your body that you never even considered before. It’s the kind of pain that is constant, gets worse the further you go and will ruin your run.

Don’t mess that lovely running top you got for Christmas with pesky blood stains.

6. Dress for the weather in the clothes you’re most comfortable in

Comfort and practicality wins over style every time. The temperatures are going up and even when it’s raining it can be quite warm so there’s no need to overdo it with layers.

Who cares if your top isn’t the latest fashion? If it’s a comfortable fit, stick with it.

7. Sunglasses

Squinting wastes valuable energy so have your sunglasses at hand for those lovely bouts of Irish sunshine bursting through the clouds.

8. Cut your toenails pre-run

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have come back from a run and discovered my socks were covered in blood. Learn from my mistakes and cut your toenails before you head out the door.

9. Sun cream

You just never know in Ireland. We could have four seasons in the space of a few minutes so it’s better to apply sun cream regardless of the forecast at this time of the year.

10. Olbas oil

Get your sinuses clear before you go with a quick blast of this stuff. It’s helped me loads of times when I’ve been blocked up or sniffly.

As always. Happy running.

Follow and interact with @whatrobdidnext on Twitter and tweet your training pics to @IrishExaminer using the hashtag #IECorkMarathon

Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 8 - How to make your long runs more comfortable

 

More on this topic

Course knowledge crucial for O'Hanlon and McCannCourse knowledge crucial for O'Hanlon and McCann

Bus Éireann helps Sanctuary runners as 8,000 take part in Irish Examiner Cork City MarathonBus Éireann helps Sanctuary runners as 8,000 take part in Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon

Watch: All the sights and sounds from the Irish Examiner Cork City MarathonWatch: All the sights and sounds from the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon

Gary O'Hanlon wins Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon for second year runningGary O'Hanlon wins Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon for second year running


Lifestyle

Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

More From The Irish Examiner