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28th Jul 2015

Planning on running a 10k this summer? You need these 5 training tips

Run, forest, run!


Making the decision to take part in a charity run is a no-brainer, right? Tone up, get fit and have fun all while raising funds for a cause dear to your heart. 

The only downside? The training. Of course it’s the training. It’s always the training.

Here at HerFamily .ie, we’ve signed up for this year’s Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run sponsored by Avonmore Slimline milk. And for some of us it’s a first dip into the world of running. We’re not nervous. OK, we’re a little bit nervous.

If you’re also tackling a charity run this summer, check out these top training tips to give you a boost you need…

1. Don’t skip a run

As tempting as it may be to give your third run of the week a miss, don’t do it to yourself. You’ll find the next run you attempt much more challenging. Drag yourself off the couch and get outside. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

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2. Have faith in yourself

No matter how hard you’re finding it, don’t forget even the best runners started as out-of-breath, red-faced beginners. Seriously! We’ve all been there. It does take dedication to up your running game, but we can ALL do it. It doesn’t require any particular talent; the key here is sheer perseverance. As the weeks fly by, you’ll notice your fitness levels improving, and before you know it you’ll be looking forward to your morning run.


3. Get the right shoes

Let’s face it, we’re not afraid to splash the cash on a gorgeous new pair of heels, and our advice is to take the same approach when it comes to running shoes. Take the time you need to find the ones that work best for you, and spend the money. It’ll be worth it. Trust us on this one.

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4. Give yourself enough time to prepare

Be realistic. If you’re brand new to the world of running, chances are you aren’t go to be ready to run a 10k after a couple of weeks. And that’s totally OK. Work with a trainer or a friend to create achievable goals and stick to them.

5. Mix it up

Variety is the spice of life, people. Experiment with different routes to find the run that suits you best. If you haven’t already, download an app like Runkeeper to find running routes in your area. Get out and explore!


This article is brought to you by Avonmore Slimline Milk, proud sponsors of Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run. Avonmore Slimline Milk contains added iron & vitamin C to give you that extra boost to get you over the line! Sign up for the Great Pink Run here