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.