Author and blogger Rozanna Purcell has advised anyone running the 40th Vhi Women’s Minimarathon for the first time to think strategically about their training and follow a plan.
ith just over three months until the event takes place in Dubin city center on 5 June, the new event ambassador said there is plenty of time to gradually and sustainably build your fitness.
“I think the biggest piece of advice I would give to someone looking to push themselves for the mini-marathon is to follow a plan. Running plans are so fundamental to getting you to the race line injury-free,” she said.
“I think when you’re training for something — and I’m doing it myself — sometimes you’re like, ‘Right, I’m going to go out and do a big run,’ and then you feel awful because your body wasn’t prepared for it . So following a training program actually builds you up to race length.
She believes it’s important not to push yourself too hard and choose a plan from the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon website that works for your fitness level. She emphasized that you don’t even have to run the full 10 km and that you don’t have to put yourself under too much pressure with the race times.
“It could just walk a minute, then jog a minute and repeat that. Those plans are all very achievable, so it definitely gives people a big goal, but also a definite plan to work towards,” she said.
“I think you should follow a plan at every running event. That’s the key. And don’t be put off that this is the mini marathon because so many people are running it. So maybe you just want to come for the atmosphere and because this is the first time it’s been personal since Covid.
“It’s going to be everyone again, so it’s going to be fantastic because of the camaraderie and sense of community you get from being at this huge event – and everyone’s there for a good cause.
“You don’t even have to let it go. I’m excited to be on board as I’ve done it before but never as an ambassador so I’m thrilled.”
For the first time, the event will be held in a hybrid form, meaning that participants can register and complete the 10K from anywhere in the country or the rest of the world.
And while she’s an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, Roz said like everyone else, she’ll be preparing to complete the 10km on her own. The pandemic caused her to take a big step back and “learn where the limits are”.
“I think during lockdown I’ve learned that I’m someone who’s always on the go and that’s made me sit back and not over-train. I’m definitely assuming a lot less now,” she said.
Registration is now possible at vhiwomensminimarathon.ie
https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/womens-mini-marathon/roz-purcell-on-the-womens-mini-marathon-its-going-to-be-everyone-together-again-so-its-going-to-be-amazing-41413191.html Roz Purcell on Women’s Mini-Marathon: “It’s all going to come back together so it’s going to be great”