The Garmin Great Ireland Run 2018 takes place on Sunday, 15th of April, in the beautiful Phoenix Park in Dublin city.
This year’s Great Ireland Run features a 5k and 10k marathon in addition to Mini and Junior events for children aged 3-15, so it’s guaranteed to be a fun day out for the whole family.
We’ve been chosen as one of the official retail partners for this brilliant event and will be posting plenty of useful running blogs over the coming weeks to help you prepare for the big day.
In today’s entry, we’re looking at some training tips for your first ever 5k run.
- Purchase the Right Gear
It’s essential you purchase the right pair of running shoes for your body i.e. your arch and stride type, so drop into your local sports store and get fitted properly. This ensures you start off on the right foot and you know exactly what to look for in the future.
- Run for Time, Not Distance
Running newbies should not be concerned with how far they can run, but with how long they can keep running. Keep this in mind and refrain from putting too much pressure on yourself to do better. Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint!
- Warming Up
A good warm-up routine gets the blood flowing and reduces the risk of injury when running. Use dynamic stretching (walking lunges, high knees, straight-leg kicks etc.) to increase flexibility and strengthen your joints and muscles. After stretching, walk briskly for about five minutes before speeding up to your preferred running pace.
- Stick to the Plan
There are lots of great running plans for beginners available for free such as the Active Couch to 5k plan, so find one that suits your needs and timetable and stick to it. At a minimum, you should be running for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week with a rest day in between each run.
We’ll have more training tips for first-time runners tomorrow.