Run­ning right

Good Health Choices - - Health Bites -

Ahead of the ASB Auck­land Marathon on Oc­to­ber 29, yoga-for-run­ners in­struc­tor Rachel Grun­well and Ciaran Fa­herty, win­ner of the 2017 Christchurch Marathon, have teamed up to give top tips to any­one in­ter­ested in run­ning events.

1 If you’re a be­gin­ner, start with a 10-20 minute walk/run around the neigh­bour­hood. Walk for two power poles, run the next two, then re­peat. Over time you will run more and walk less. Do this two or three times weekly. Keep it fun.

2 Run with good pos­ture – imag­ine a string above your head pulling you up­right.

3 Plan your route, in­clud­ing how far or long you’ll run. There’s noth­ing worse for your mo­ti­va­tion than not know­ing when the end point will be.

4 To take your train­ing up a gear, try run­ning two to three times a week. Re­mem­ber strength and stretch work is great to in­cor­po­rate too, if you have time. The dis­tance, time and pace are all up to you.

5 Try not to run too fast, too soon on race day. This is one of the most com­mon mis­takes. Run steadily at the start then if you have juice in the tank near the end, you can run as fast as you want to get you across the fin­ish line.

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