Are you planning to enter a Cancer Research UK Race for Life event this year? These events raise money for research into all 200 types of Cancer. You can choose from 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events – there is something for everyone.
Once you’ve chosen your event and recruited a group of friends to do it with you, how do you go about training for and getting the most out of Race for Life?
We’ve come up with our Run Mummy Run top-tips for Race for Life…
Running as a group isn’t always easy. If you are planning to run with friends or family it is worth arranging at least one practise run as a group. Running together can be lots of fun and will mean you have amazing photographs and memories from your event. It can also be easy for the slower members of your group to get left behind. Practice running at the slowest persons pace or perhaps you could have a pre-agreed run/walk strategy. If you are taking part together it is important to make sure everyone has the best time possible.
If you are going to wear fancy dress it is definitely worth testing it on some practice runs first. You don’t want to end up with chafing or blisters that will spoil your event. Wear your full outfit on a run at least once a couple of weeks before your Race for Life. That way if you do have any issues you have time to make changes and to heal from any chafing before the big day.
If you have never run before consider joining a local running group Couch to 5K course or download the NHS C25K app and use that to help you to be able to run 5K non-stop. These types of app are great for allowing you to increase the distance you are able to run gradually and safely.
Have you heard of Jeffing? The Jeff Galloway method, or “Jeffing” as it’s affectionately known, is a walk/run/walk method that can help you to run further. It is a great way to help you cover the 5K or 10K distance of a Race for Life event while maintaining your energy levels and avoiding injury.
Race for Life events raise money for a vital cause and help people find fitness but they are also great fun. Don’t take it all too seriously. Relax, dance, laugh and high five small children. You want to make memories and not worry about times.
We have pledged to raise £20,000 as a community for Cancer Research UK this year. You can help us with this by joining our fundraising page when you raise money at a Race for Life event or by buying some of our Race for Life inspired kit, as a donation from each sale will be made to Cancer Research UK.