Turning Your Cardio Into a Fun Run
Many people simply hate running, but why not sign up for a fun run to make it more enjoyable? Hear me out, running can be hard and many people hate it… But a fun run will allow you to spend time with friends, get in shape and make it a little more enjoyable at the same time. Here’s how!
Don’t believe in a fun run?
Are you thinking about signing up for a fun run?
It’s a great way to raise money for your favorite charity while getting fit at the same time.
Run a race with a group of friends or colleagues and you’ll have a blast at the same time – training for a run can be a stress-busting bonding activity for groups.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the big day, so that you can relax and enjoy your race.
Get the right footwear
If you don’t have a solid pair of trainers already, it’s worth investing in the right footwear. Wearing comfortable shoes will make your day a lot more enjoyable. It’s best to get these as soon as you’ve signed up for the run so that you have time to break them in properly.
Create a training schedule
There are many different types of fun runs. If you’re planning to walk a leisurely 2km, you might not need to fit in much training time.
However, if you’re a total novice it’s best to prepare your better a little bit so that you don’t injure yourself during the race. Start off with a gentle daily walk and then pick up the pace over time. You don’t have to spend your training time alone on a treadmill, either. Get a group together for social walks in the park to make it more fun.
Give yourself rest days
There’s no need to overdo the training, and in fact you’ll perform better if you give your body a few rest days. This doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato though. You can still walk or fit in a relaxing yoga session on these days. Your rest days are also a good time to think about fundraising instead.
Ask your friends or family to sponsor you. This will give you good incentive to make it through the finish line during the run.
Choose a costume
Many fun runs encourage participants to wear costumes during the event. Find out if there is a theme so that you have time to pick up the right costume, whether it’s Star Wars fancy dress or wigs and tutus.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Hydration is essential, both during training and during the race. Before the run, drink plenty of water and avoid dehydrating alcohol and caffeine.
On the other hand, don’t down loads of water right before you run or you’ll get a stitch in your side. Sip it consistently to fuel your body. On the subject of fuel, you should also enjoy a healthy breakfast the day of the run. A blend of protein and carbs will give you the energy you need.
Create a plan of attack
Scope out the race route in advance so you know what to expect. You’ll also know just where the important facilities are, like the finish line, first aid area, and bathrooms.
It’s also a good idea to get your running kit ready the night before, including your snacks, water, and anything else you plan to bring with you.
As the name suggests, a fun run is meant to be a good time.
Don’t stress about it, and take breaks when you need to. Put on your costume and remember to smile!