See Red and Run in Dublin City Centre on 22nd May
Virgin Media Night Run, supporting Dublin Simon Community
It’s time to see Red and Run! Virgin Media is partnering with Athletics Ireland and Dublin Simon Community to bring the first ever
Virgin Media Night Run to Dublin at 9.30pm on May 22nd 2016. It’s time now to register at www.Virginmedia.ie/nightrun
Time to get Started- Here are the top 10 Tips as advised by sports loving model Jess Redden, who is getting ready for a super night out in the Dublin docklands on May 22nd.
The route, (subject to license) starting at Custom House Quay takes in the IFSC, Grand Canal Dock and scenic City Quays will see thousands of enthusiastic runners of all levels and ages enjoying a great night out along the streets and riversides of Dublin over the 10k course. Virgin Media will provide all runners taking part with a brand new red hot running top to be worn on the night along with numerous other goodies.
Dublin Simon Community are on board as Virgin Media’s charity partner for the event and staff from Virgin Media will be running to raise €10,000 for the charity.
1. Start – Begin your running practice now. Start easy with say 2k and build up by about 0.5k (or a little more if you can manage it) on every practice run. Gradually go longer and faster until you’re managing your distance in line with your ability. Don’t ever overstress yourself or your body. Remember to warm up and down every time.
2. Runners – make sure your runners are good for the distance. Don’t buy new ones the day before the run. You have to break them in and soften them up before the big night.
3. Laces – Sounds obvious but make sure your laces are tied and tied right. Not too tight. Your blood flow increases when you’re running and your foot becomes slightly bigger, so don’t cut off your blood flow! Double or triple tie laces on runs before the race so you know what’s best for your feet. You also don’t want them opening during the run.
4. Cut out the junk, if not entirely, reduce. No chips, crisps, chocolate, sweets. Picture them like an oil slick (yuk!), slowing you down from crashing through the finishing tape! Swap the junk with fresh veggies cooked to easy crunch point and fruit. And avoid eating a big dinner before the race itself.
5. H2O –By race day, you need to be drinking at least two litres of water a day. Keep a measured glass or bottle so you know how much you’re drinking. Drink whatever volume of water suits you best – not too much, not too little. Avoid alcohol. And don’t forget to use the water stops along the route!
6. Catch some more ZZZZs - Go to bed and turn out your light, 15 minutes earlier each night 2 – 3 weeks before race day … Your rested body won’t happen like a light switch, so you have to train your brain and be relaxed.
7. Treat your feet - The night before the race it helps to have a good soak in the bath to relax the muscles. Trim your nails and put moisturiser on your feet, pop on your socks and enjoy some foot relaxation. If you’re prone to blisters, don’t forget to bring the plasters!
8. Keep warm - Bring a hoodie or a large plastic bag to wrap around your shoulders waiting for the run to start.
9. Concentrate – Stay focused. Pace yourself and move at your optimum cruising pace. The worst mistake people make is that they start out too fast. For more relaxed runners, don’t hesitate to chat and encourage each other. If you’ve already run the distance in training, then you’ll cross the line no problem.
10. Running clothes - Wear your comfiest gear and enjoy your Virgin Media running top!
Entry is €30. Register now online at www.virginmedia.ie/nightrun. Entry closes on May 18th .
Road closures will be in place on the night with further information available closer to the event.
The above tips have been prepared by a regular runner Jess Redden and are provided as general advice only. Experienced runners will already have their own preparation plans. Novice runners should start slowly and gradually develop their fitness levels. If in any doubt about your fitness levels, consult a qualified fitness advisor or your health practitioner.
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