The countdown is well and truly on for the Vhi Women’s Mini-Marathon and Intersport Elverys’ race ambassador and well-renowned make-up artist, Hayley Coleman, gives us an update on how her race training is faring so far.
“With just under 6 weeks to go until the Mini-Marathon kicks off, my training is now in full swing and I cannot believe at how far I have come in the past few weeks.
I was told a few months ago by a friend of mine that you can train the body and I honestly believe it now! I’ve recently ramped up my training plan, so I’m currently running 5K 2 to 3 times a week and I try to combine this with strength and circuit classes, just to change things up and give me myself a bit of variety. If you are not already involved with a training group or even if you are, you should look into parkrun Ireland. They organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs right around the country. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
I’m actually really enjoying my running now and it’s funny, I am starting to get competitive with myself, always trying to beat previous times. It’s amazing how into it you get! Even in the last couple of weeks, I have signed myself up to a few local races just to get my preparation on for the big one in June. I’m also running 5k without stopping now which is a huge achievement for me and it just adds to my confidence. My advice for any would-be runner, is to pick a spot up ahead and run to that spot and if you have to stop do, but only for a short while. The clock is still ticking”
However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing, there were a few times my head was telling me I was tired but in saying that, when I pushed through, my body was able to give more. I think it’s fair to say that we all struggle with motivation at times, so I think getting over that mental challenge was big for me, and I find, more often than not, that your body will carry you to the end.
I do enjoy a healthy diet most of the time, but the Easter holidays did set me back a little, thanks in no small part to the amount of chocolate at home (no willpower!), but, you know, I’m not an athlete and I want to enjoy my training without feeling like I’m depriving myself too much. It’s a balance I always try to strike and I think it’s important in general.
I have to make a big shout-out to all the staff in my local Intersport Elverys’ store, they have been great; always on hand to give me advice on what the best footwear is and what clothing is appropriate for my training.
Visit elverys.ie or call in-store to shop the latest women’s running ranges to help you prepare for the big day!