So you’ve entered Cigna Round the Bays 2016, well done!

It’s just under 10 weeks now until race day, so right now is the time when you should be working on your technique, and making running a part of your weekly routine. Running is a physical as well as a mental challenge, so put your excuses aside right now and we can get in to your training.

I don’t know how to run Lucky for you that’s where we come in, read on!
I don’t know where to run! I’ll update you with a new route in each new blog post.
When will I have the time? There are 168 hours in a week, give yourself one and a half of those towards this goal and we’ll take it from there.

When you’re starting a new training program it’s important to start planning ahead and working out when you can fit it in. You’ve made the commitment to enter the race, so make the commitment to train for it and you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more on the day.

The best part of events like Cigna Round The Bays is the free banana and the medal at the finish line, followed closely by the fitness you’ll gain, the sights you will see and the friends you’ll make while you train for it!

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This will be you on the 21st of February, practice your determination face!

Don’t listen to the people who say they are off to run a half marathon on no training. You train for a race for the same reason that you study for an exam. You want to come to the end knowing that you gave it your best! (and the biggest rewards come in the training).

Think about how you will keep track of your running. This is a helpful tool because you can look back a month from now and see how much you have improved. The easiest thing to do if you are starting out is to just use a watch and run for time. Compete with yourself, and try to run for a few minutes longer each week.

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All of the kilometres add up over time, so keep tabs on all your runs.

If you like looking at numbers and analysing things then there are lots of apps out there that you can use to track your progress. Try Nike Plus, Map My Run, or Strava.

If you are doing your Free RTB workouts with a Les Mills Gym
• Talk with a qualified gym instructor about exercises you can do in the gym to build a good foundation of strength to help your running form, these sessions are free! Working on your form now will make the rest of your training easier and more efficient, and reduce your chance of injury later down the track.
• Try out group fitness classes like CX Worx to increase your core strength, you’ll be able to hold your planks for much longer with an instructor there to motivate you!

This week’s running route

Wellington Waterfront- Fergs Kayaks to Oriental Bay (3km)

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Because we’re just beginning our training, let’s start with something easy.

Why it’s good: There are lots of water fountains and toilet stops along the way. It’s easy to get public transport to and from. The course uses this route so it’s great to get familiar with it for the event. It’s one of the few places in Wellington that is completely flat.
Be mindful of: Avoid trampling small children and dogs, try to run early in the morning or in the evenings and you’ll miss all the crowds. Also be aware of the wind!

In the next blog we’ll go over a few tips on the right gear to use for running, and a few things you can do to work on improving your technique.

Have a good week of training and make the most of the good weather while it lasts.

Amanda