Get Prepared for the Event
GetRunning’s Beginner Half Marathon Training Programmes
At GetRunning we help you reach the finish line of the marathon or half marathon you've always dreamed of running. GetRunning was founded by Gaz Brown in 2007 after taking Kerre Woodham to the Auckland, New York and Paris Marathons and subsequently co-writing the books "Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner" and "Short Fat Chick in Paris" with her.
Our Marathon Clinic is a community of runners who enjoy sharing the running experience with other like-minded people working towards similar goals. Our Coaching provides programs specifically tailored to take you to your chosen event and covering everything from pace structure through to nutrition.
We also pride ourselves on our Marathon Tours where we specialise in guiding runners through some of the most prized marathons in the world including Paris, New York, San Francisco and Chicago, and also events right here in New Zealand.
The Get Running training programs are provided by Gaz Brown and Kiri Price (Coach and 50+ marathoner).
To enquire about GetRunning's products and services or for more information please click here.
ACC ActiveSmart is the home of free, online and customised training plans designed to help you reach your fitness goals. Create a plan today and reach your fitness goals whatever they are!
Our plans cover running, walking, cycling or multidiscipline options (including triathlon and duathlon) and are designed by expert fitness professionals. Whether you’re just starting out, starting again or building up for the big event, there's a plan for everyone.
ACC ActiveSmart plans allow you to:
• Monitor your training schedule weeks in advance
• Manage your training and move your sessions
• Record your progress and achievements.
You’ll also receive advice on warming up, weather updates and hints and tips on upcoming events. Click here for your training plan.
A few pointers
If you're new to the running game, welcome. You're in for quite an adventure. We hope it won't be long before you're enthusiastic about running as we are. It may well become a significant part of your life. Which we think is great news but which won't happen unless you get off on the right foot so to speak. A few pointers to get you started.
Ease yourself in
Even if you have some level of physical conditioning, it is unlikely you will be conditioned for the peculiar stresses running places on the body. Don't be afraid to mix walking into your schedule in the first few weeks. Aim to run 5km comfortably within 4-6 weeks (you should be able to talk while running). Then build from there.
A few minutes before and after each run will significantly reduce the risk of injury. But don't over do it, use your stretching time to focus your mind on the run ahead.
Three quarters of vehicle runner accidents are caused by runners so keep alert. Take responsibility for your running. If you run a night, make sure you can be seen.
Mix up your runs
Run on both the road and off road. Introduce variety in your weekly runs, not just the same street circuit.
If you're over 35, get a medical check. Better to be safe than sorry.
If you get injured, respond immediately. Consult medical specialists such as a physio.
Eat more, eat better
Running increases your calorific needs so good nutrition is obviously vital to keep you in good shape. Boosting carbohydrates, reducing fats and processed foods intake is a good way to start. Consult the hydration and nutrition part of the training section on this website for more information.
Record your training in a diary to monitor your progress and to pre plan your training schedule.
Get a running buddy
Find someone to run with or a group of people. Even if this is just once a week, running solo is difficult, while in pairs can mean faster progress.
Stick at it
The first few weeks will be tough, getting out the door may be hard at times, but think of the overall goal. It will get better.
Foot and Shoe Facts
Here is an interesting fact that researchers have discovered:
Self-assessed pronators have a lower arch height, meaning that people with flat feet may think they pronate. But this is not necessarily true! Biomechanically measured pronators do not have a lower arch height than biomechanically assessed neutral runners.
- Runners are unable to assess their own running style
- Self-assessed pronators may actually be neutral runners
- Self-assessed neutral runners may actually be pronators.
Every body pronates, as it is the body's way to absorb shock when you run. Excessive motion in either direction can be a problematic factor with injury. The human foot is made of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons that combine together to give the foot its mechanical and structural strength. Due to the biomechanical complexity of the human foot, the selection of shoes is one of the most important factors when deciding to undertake training and an event.
As we walk or run the foot must be able to withstand enormous pressure, so your foot must be structurally sound to serve as a foundation for shock absorption and propulsion. On average your foot absorbs the impact of your weight (up to 5 times your body weight) as it hits the ground approximately 450-600 times per kilometre (over 10km/21km or 42km that can add up to a lot of weight!)
It's important to know how your foot works rather than foot shape when selecting a shoe. Three different categories of shoes have been designed for the three different types of foot profiles.
Because everybody's foot functions in a different way, adidas has developed shoes that work with, not against the natural characteristics of your foot. The right shoes will offer comfort, performance and a smooth ‘ride' over the bridge.
Control – These shoes are designed to control hyper-pronation (roll in). The main feature of these shoes is the extended second density (grey colour) along the inside of the midsole.
Neutral – Individuals who are biomechanically efficient require neutral shoes. A neutral has no added medial density support but has a strong torsional wrap to provide protection if required.
Cushion – The main purpose of these shoes is to provide full cushioning with very limited support control. This shoe is for individuals who hypo-pronate (roll out) and require additional shock absorption from their shoe.
adidas has designed shoes to fit into these categories and our recommendation is to start with a neutral shoe, then with the right advice, and depending on the way your foot works, we take it from there to find the footwear option that suits your needs.
50% of all runners will develop an injury this year
If you are injured and have been placed in the correct shoe, you have tried a gradual build up of your training volumes, visiting a Podiatrist could be a very valuable investment. Don't wait until four weeks or less before your major event. There is nothing worse than hearing about the runner that got injured in the last few weeks before a major event and hadn't got the correct advice.
Here are a few simple questions to ask yourself
· Have you developed a leg/foot pain during your preparation for the race?
· Have you raced in the event and developed some leg or foot pain?
· Have you got the correct running shoes for your foot type but you still are injured?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions then a podiatry consultation could help you. A biomechanical analysis from Footworks City investigates the alignment of your foot and lower leg. By using Silicon Coach video analysis, we are able to interpret your foot dynamically and assess injury. Any abnormal findings may require the design of an orthotic to help improve foot function and provide better support for efficient walking or running.
Ashley Webster BHSc (Podiatry)
FOOTWORKS CITY Ltd
87 Queen St, Lvl 2
Phone: 09 368 5454
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