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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My number one fear about running my first half-marathon isn't my pace or getting tired...it's nipple chafing. pic.twitter.com/PupHCRMg74— Matt Kelly (@mattkellyradio) April 4, 2016
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.
Squinting wastes valuable energy so have your sunglasses at hand for those lovely bouts of Irish sunshine bursting through the clouds.
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.
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.
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.
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