Run for Geelong 2019 Prep
Run for Geelong 2019 Prep
When: Sunday 17th November 2019
Where: GMHBA Staduim, Moorabool Street, Geelong
What: Run for Geelong is a fantastic local community event and family fun day out held in Geelong to help support the services provided by Barwon Health.
There are four events being held:
- 12KM Run 4 Geelong
- 6KM Run 4 Geelong
- 6KM Walk / Run 4 Geelong
- 1KM kids Run 4 Geelong
Having the variety of these events mean that there is something suited to all levels of fitness and age groups for you and your friends or family to get involved in.
With only a few weeks to go, there are a few important things to remember when preparing for a longer running event:
1. Practice makes perfect
Making sure that you start your preparation early is the best way to guarantee that you can get through the event injury free and make the most of enjoying this great event, without any added stress of wondering ‘Will my body hold up?
2. Warming up
Before you begin your chosen event on the day it is important to ensure that you have warmed up sufficiently. Running is a great exercise that uses the muscles of the calf, quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles, as well as muscles of the trunk and upper limb. The best warm up will include dynamic movements to increase blood flow to all of these areas to not only work to prevent injury, but also to boost your performance. Just don’t get too overzealous and tire yourself out before the main event, about 10 to 20 minutes is usually enough.
3. To stretch or not to stretch?
Although it has been commonly believed that stretching can prevent injuries, the research does not show that this is technically correct. In saying that, if you feel that you get good relief from muscle tightness during your warm up and run then by all means stretch those muscles! Holding these positions for around 30 seconds is the most effective.
4. Cool down
After the event you may be quite fatigued and not feel like doing a whole heap more exercise. However, there is some suggestion that a light cool down can reduce the soreness of your muscles the day after your run. This can be done by walking or light cycling for around 10 minutes after finishing. Remember, prevention is better than a cure!
5. Not sure how to prepare?
If you are new to running or just don’t feel 100% sure about how to tackle this event, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the experienced physiotherapists as Forefront Physio Geelong to guide you through the preparation to get the most out of your day.