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Published on January 13th, 2017 | by Michael


New Year, New Goals – Go The Distance!

So, you’ve got new running kit and running shoes, you’re itching to try them out, to whip out for a quick test run to see how they fit and feel.

Thing is, training and exercising in general, can be wonderful, but what about entering events or making plans to take the training to the next step – you’ve got the kit, this is your time to shine with it!

You want to identify what distances you what to do as soon as possible, so training blocks can be created either by yourself or with your coach.

One Mile At A Time

If you’ve received kit for Christmas (it’s amazing, we know), it’s very easy to get caught up with wanting to out-do yourself and jump into it without thinking the process through. By this, we mean, take your time, start small and easy, build a foundation THEN develop from there.

Running five miles off the cuff is not a good idea, this is where some, not all, however, find out the hard way that it’s not as simple what it looks and it could lead to an injury but more so, blowing after two miles. You need to start low and slow, ideally, getting around a mile course. Using a GPS watch, your smartphone or even plotting a course online for the distance can be a great aid for starting off.

Forget the time, this is not relevant, just get used to running, how your body is feeling and enjoy it – you won’t at first but you’ll come round to it!

One shout is the Monthly Mile in South Shields, a times one, one lap run, we’ve put more information HERE for you

Plan ahead

It’s pretty simple this one. Look at your calendar and see what races would sit nicely over the year. There are bound to be personal engagements that will arise as 2017 fans out, meetings, travelling, holidays and hen/stag dos, little things like that. But establishing racing nice and early is best to avoid clashing or wasting money for something you can’t participate in – we’ve all been there.

Most of the bigger events out there release entry information nice and early, dates, fees and when they allow you to enter.

Allow adequate time for you to train once you do enter races, DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE! Try base it around 12-16 weeks, purely depending on the distance, of course!

Budget is one thing we will add here as, entry fees fluctuate depending on how big they are or length of distance too, make sure you’re not over-spending and try work around reasonable expenditure. Last thing you want to do is miss a bill or not eat for a week due to lack of funds!

Early Bird Catches the Worm

2189776899_1db7c6a60c_bWhen planning for events, the key is to try enter as soon as you can. Why? Simple, discount.

Everybody loves a discount (we do too, as you may know) with anything, with running events, some offer an Early Bird discount, for instance, the full price of a 10km may be £27 and the early bird price may float between 5% or 10% off – try to take advantage asap as there’s normally a deadline closely following it!

Getting entered as soon as possible also, allows you to plan the rest of your year, as mentioned above events will crop up, so knowing how to plan training around it as well as marking the blocks you need to train between, which is vital so you are ready to take on the roads, trail or even, mountains

Give yourself plenty of time to be ready!

Home or Away?

The beauty about racing is, there is more than one event happening almost, every weekend, around the world.

Say, if you enjoy running a Parkrun every Saturday and want to keep it local, have a quick scan around the internet or running forums to see what’s happening around you. It could be a charity 3k or quite a large half marathon, either way, it’s still a race for you to experience. It’s handy, particularly if you live locally or a 10 minute drive/train/walk away from the start line, less hassle to get stressed over or rush around, plus, it’s perfect for after as it’s closer to get back home to and just lie down.

But travelling away does have its perks. You experience a different town/city while making a weekend of it. For instance, the Great North Run, there are folk who travel from all four corners of the world to run this event and normally go explore around the city and the outskirts to drink in the culture.
Running a different course that you’ve never experienced is great to put into the life locker, you never know, you may enjoy it that much, that you’ll make it a frequent race in your calendar.

It’s definitely an option to look at to expand your running journey.

Go the Distance!

Picking the right distance is pretty simple, you know how many miles you can take on whether it’s 5km or a marathon – but why not challenge yourself?

Running you’re favoured distance is great and there’s plenty to choose from but going up could be a great test to push yourself and surprise yourself while also, introducing you to different training methods too, which is great for experience and, if you wanted to mix it up on the roads or trails, to switch up sessions too.

So here’s some food for thought, if you have a set distance, why not try our very simple and basic upgrade guide below – just to leave it with you.

5km > 10km
10km > 16km (10 mile)
16km (10 mile) > Half Marathon
Half Marathon > Marathon
Marathon > Ultra Marathon

There you go! We’ve come up with some tips and advice of what should be a cracking 2017 – doesn’t seem like it was the start or 2016 last time we checked! Have we missed anything? Let us know via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Written By Michael