Vhi Womens Mini Marathon Starter Tips from Pamela Joyce

This year I'm delighted to be an ambassador for the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon. As someone who is relatively new to running, there are a few things I wish I had known when I started out.

Footwear

Make sure you invest in good supportive footwear. I made the mistake of wearing 6 year old runners and I was plagued with shin splints. Believe me, you do not want shin splints.

Take it handy

It doesn’t matter if Fionnuala on the treadmill beside you is running at 14 kph without breaking a sweat, if you’re happy running at 8kph, you do you honey. The training plans specifically for the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon are a great help.

Music/Podcasts

Create a playlist full of songs that pump you up. There’s nothing worse than a slow song when you’re trying to push through the last kilometre. I’ve also found that podcasts are a great way to keep your mind distracted.

Change Up Your Route

Doing the same route every day can get boring and you’ll lose interest in your training. I like to do a mixture of running on the treadmill and running outdoors. Find a few variations of routes in your area and keep it fresh.

Bring a Pal

Running with a friend makes the task immeasurably easier. My running pal is my dad, Cyril. We use it as a chance to catch up and bond, as well as cheering each other on and pushing each other to go that little bit further. I mean it doesn’t help that my father, who is nearly 40 years my senior, kicks my ass sometimes – but it’s a small price to pay for the benefits and the memories!

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