A good run is better than a bad stand

Brendan Doyle and Paul McGrath. Photo: Joe McDonagh.
The third month of 2013 is almost over, and most New Year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy have probably been ignored or forgotten.

The third month of 2013 is almost over, and most New Year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy have probably been ignored or forgotten.

However, hope is not lost. In the coming weeks, various organisations are hosting events that will get you and your resolutions up and running again.

Brendan Doyle, founder of fuel4sport, has to date completed 14 marathons and 2 Ironman triathlons. He offers the following tips for training:

Warm up with a 5/7 minute fast walk or jog. Then do some dynamic stretching – which you can find online.

Always start very slow. Jog 3/5 minutes, walk for 1 minute then jog again. Repeat 3/4 times depending on fitness level.

Your pace should be a little faster than a fast walk (15 minutes per mile) in the beginning, and build it up over a number of weeks.

Try to do a session 2/3 days per week.

Rest days are as important as training days, so don’t do 3 days in a row. Rest a day in between.

You should try and drink at least 2 litres of water each day, bring a bottle with you all the time

Finish your session with some static stretching – which you can find online.

Each week step up the jogging time from 3/5 minutes on week 1, to 5/7 on week 2, to 5/10 on week three and keep a slow pace

If you are going to keep it up, you will need to get a good pair of running shoes. Please use a specialist running shop for this as there are runners to suit everyone. Call me for information on shops.

95% of it is in your head so don’t give up on the first pain. We all get pains from time to time, you have to ask yourself; “is it a pain that will stop me, or a pain I can jog through?”

Any questions, please feel free to call Brendan on 0872241352, email fuel4sport@gmail.com or come join one of my jogging groups in the Mall or in the Green, Edgeworthstown. It’s always easier to do it in a group, he says.

There are a number of planned runs/walks over the coming weeks and months. Here’s a few of them:

Killoe GAA is hosting a 5k and 10k Fun Run on March 24th starting from the clubhouse. Registration takes place from 10am-11.30am. Entry is €10 for adults and €5 for children.

Granard are kicking off their Easter Festival this year with a 5k run at 3pm on Saturday March 30th starting at Kiernan Milling. Entry is €10 for adults and €5 for Under 16s.

The Carers Association have organised a 5k run /walk for charity which will take place on Good Friday, March 29th at 12 noon starting from Fenelon’s Electronics. Entry costs €10

The Cairn Hill challenge will take place on Sunday May 5th as part of the Drumlish Community Centre 25th anniversary celebrations.

Two different routes will be undertaken to test the fitness endurance and stamina of those taking part. The ten mile race will begin at 12.30pm and the 10k event will begin at 12.45pm.

The Mullaghmeen event will take place in Mullaghmeen Forest Park on Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th. Orienteering organised by Setanta Orienteering will take place on April 6th, and the Hill Run will take place on April 7th.

Boherquill Ramblers walking festival will run from Friday May 10th to Sunday May 12th. As this is the year of the Gathering, the club are hoping that visitors from other clubs will attend.