As we edge closer to London’s best 10k, our Challenge Events Fundraising Co-ordinator Tom shares some advice on how to get the most out of the experience. Having run the Paris marathon in 2015 and the Prague marathon in 2016, Tom has a few tricks up his sleeve...
Get up and go
Getting fit and active has been proven to make you feel better so believe it! Get involved and start running regularly – you will feel better.
Training is key
Whether you are an experienced runner or taking part in your first 10k, training is going to massively benefit your experience. You will be running through the best sites in London on empty roads with other like-minded people and you will want to enjoy yourself! The easiest way to do this is through training, whether it is a month’s preparation or getting active the week before, not having to think about running and enjoying the atmosphere, landmarks and people around you will ensure that you get the most out of the day.
Build up your training; don’t jump in the deep-end
It is important to build your training up slowly; rapid increases in training are a major injury risk.
Training doesn’t have to be boring
Part of training is about getting active and improving your fitness. This doesn’t have to be done solely through running, and if anything, it is a good excuse to try different types of exercise! A training plan will provide you with some structure and it also means that you can add different activities each week.
Get some good trainers
Don’t underestimate how good a pair of trainers can be, they are definitely worth spending money on.
Split up the course into more manageable distances
Aim for the next big landmark that you know you will be running past or the next kilometre. You can always count up the first 5 kilometres and down the final five; this is a good way to stay positive.
Get your friends or family involved
What better way to enjoy fundraising, training and the event, than doing it with a friend or family! After smashing your fundraising target and doing some training as a group, running and enjoying the race together will make the event much more memorable and enjoyable.
You have put the hard work in, now it’s time to enjoy yourself. Make sure that you relax on race day and take it one step at a time. Don’t rush off at the finish line, soak it all in and think about what you have just achieved.
Feeling inspired to run? Join #TeamOCA today – there's still time to register for the Vitality 10,000!
If you have any questions please email Tom@ovarian.org.uk or phone 020 7380 1733.