Alex recently wrote an article featured in 'Moor', a local lifestyle and news magazine distributed in the Four Heatons, Stockport. Alex regularly writes pieces on fitness, health and well being for the magazine.
Read some of the article below:
Booking a race is a great way to motivate yourself and structure your training. Selecting the right race is important whether you’re a beginner runner or more seasoned pro. Here are some tips to help pick the best one for you.
- What do you want to achieve – is it for fun, motivation, raise money, accomplish a certain distance or time?
- Consider the time commitment for the race you are choosing – look at training plans online and decide how much time you can commit on a weekly basis and roughly how long you will need in total. Be realistic - I would always overestimate the time needed; there will inevitably weeks when your training is not on track!
- Run shorter races to train for longer ones – for example if you want to run a half marathon and have never ran a race, choose a 10k first and book that in the middle of your training.
- Think about the time of year for training rather than the race – I love the Wilmslow Half marathon and it’s a great January motivator but most of the training is through the cold and dark months of January and February.
- Check out the terrain, if you want a good time then choose a flat course and its surprising how even road races are not always flat!
We have a list of some of our favourtie upcoing races in and around Manchester. Runnersworld and The Running Bug also have good resourses:
Book a race now for 2017, you won't regret it! We offer help with all aspects of your training and will even run the race with you.