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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon and Marathon Relay 2009....Part 6 of 12 by Mick Dooley, Cork BHAA
(Mick Dooley of the Cork Business Houses Athletic Association wrote a 12 part series of articles for the Evening Echo last year. Needless to say, they are as valid this year as last year so I will be republishing them here (...with a few changes) on this website. They are written with the beginner in mind. Part 6 is based on 7 weeks to go, about the 13th of April).
Week 6...Bord Gais Energy Cork City Marathon - Running Gear

It’s not always the running gear that looks good that is the best. Most of all, your running gear should be comfortable and appropriate to the weather conditions.
Footwear...Choosing your running gear is the one of the important decision you will make as a runner. Having the right running shoe for your foot strike will help you avoid injury and also avoid serious discomfort while doing long mileage. The shoe companies have designed many different shoe types to meet the needs of different runners. If you are buying new shoes, you should go to a specialist running store where you will get good advice on what you need. It is a good idea to bring your own shoes with you, this will give them a good indication of your foot strike and they can then recommend shoe type and style. Some shops also have specialist equipment to measure your foot strike. Make sure that you are training in shoes with low mileage wear to maximize absorption of shock.

Stop Watch.....A good stopwatch is an invaluable piece of equipment for a runner to use. Most stopwatches have a clear display showing your total running time, and are also able to record split and lap times which will be very use full when you start to run specific training sessions.

Apparel and Accessories........Wear Cool-max or synthetic blend socks, singlet, and shorts that wick away moisture/perspiration and won't cause chafing to enhance your comfort level. Use Body Glide, Skin Lube, Vaseline, or similar products (on feet, under arms, between thighs, nipples, etc.) to eliminate or reduce chafing and/or blisters. Do not over-dress. Assess the need to wear tights, long-sleeves, etc. as excess clothing can lead to overheating of the body. Doing so makes the "real feel" 10 degrees warmer once you begin running. In cooler weather and/or in windy conditions, consider wearing an old t-shirt that you can discard once your long run or marathon begins, but be sure that you won't be running into the wind later on your return route. Also remember that if you choose to wear a hat, it will trap body heat (great in cold weather) but a bad idea for a long run or marathon with hot/humid conditions).

Kit Bag........Your kit bag should be large enough to contain all your running gear, a change of clothing, shower gear, running shoes, a small amount of money and a small medical pouch. All of which should have it’s own place so you can find whatever it is you need without, having to scour the whole bag if something particular is required. A good kit bag will have different compartments which will help you to organise each section. Remember, to label your bag with your name, address and mobile number in case you misplace it.

Bord Gais Energy Cork City Marathon Training Guide
Week 6 of the 12 week training plan (...intended for the 13th of April)

Week 5.....Mon 40mins easy, Tue Rest, Wed 70mins Steady, Thurs Rest, Fri warm up 6x3 mins warm down, Sat Rest, Sun 2 hours

Week 5.....Mon 30mins easy, Tues 45mins steady, Wed 90mins easy, Thurs Rest , Fri 30 mins easy, Sat warm up 30mins hard warm down, Sun two and half hours steady

Serious Runners
Week 5.........Mon 45 mins steady, Tues 8x2mins fast, Wed 90 mins easy, Thurs 3x10 mins 5 mins recovery, Fri rest/jog, Sat warm ups 4miles fast warm downs, Sun 3 hours very steady


SusieQRunner said...

I am looking for a race to run while visiting Ireland. I will be there April 27 through May 2.

Will someone please post race information for that time period. Looking for a 5K or 10K. Could be less or more.


Anonymous said...

29th Apr (Wed) 8:00pm - Cork BHAA 'Pfizers' 6 Mile Road Race, Ringaskiddy