There’s a stretch in the evening and running season is kicking off in earnest, so it’s time to kick your training into gear.
There are events taking place up and down the country, ranging from nice, short 5K fun runs to more challenging 10Ks, half-marathons, and mountain runs. Whether you want to support charity, want to push yourself, or you’re simply looking for something to do at the weekend, you should be able to find an event nearby.
There is a comprehensive event calendar on Run Ireland’s website that makes it easy to see and plan what events you’d like to attend. Each event can then be explored to find out contact details and important information about the event itself.
While it is possible to join and compete in these events without any prior training, you may regret that approach halfway through. We’d recommend putting in some work beforehand, if only because it’s good to get out, get active, and become a little fitter.
There are plenty of apps that can provide you with training programmes so that you can go from hardly any activity to being capable of running for kilometres at a time. And then there is a range of wearables that can help keep you on track, help you measure your progress, and keep your motivation up.
The Garmin Forerunner 225 is one of the best in the business, allowing you to measure your heart rate in real time, capture metrics, and let friends and family follow your progress so they can spur you on.
If you don’t quite need all those bells and whistles just yet, but want to ensure that you get your daily dose of activity in, something like the FitBit Charge HR may be more appealing. This tracks your heart rate, the number of calories you’re burning, and activities aside from simply steps without the need for an uncomfortable chest strap.
One of the big attractions of running season is the opportunity to visit and see new places. A GoPro camera will let you capture the entire experience without throwing you off kilter or causing you to worry about a camera that you’ve to hold. A camera that can withstand the elements will come in handy when you’re out and about, particularly if you’re hoping to take on one of the fun runs that tasks you with taking on obstacles and challenging conditions.
There are an endless number of events coming up in the next few months and we can’t wait to hit the open road. Make sure you’re run ready so that you can make the most of the season ahead.