What a glorious, sunshiney week we’ve had in Ballarat.
It was amazing weather for run training, so I had no excuses and neither did you!
I managed to get my training for Run Ballarat kicked off with three little runs this week and I even wore a singlet for one. Woah!
Hot! Thanks, Mister Sun!
I got really excited this week when a fellow RB teamie at The Courier who has never done any running in her life got out and gave it a go.
She did a mixture of running and walking for over 3km! Wahoo!
It reminded me of when I started running many moons ago... OK it was only a year ago.
I was slow, I got tired quickly and I was plagued by injuries.
Twelve months later I am still slow, I still get tired quickly and I still have injuries.
But I have picked up a few things so here is my list of Super, Amazing, Sensational Hot Tips to get started running:
- Just do it. Oh... wait. I stole that from Nike. Really though. Yeah, it’s hard, or maybe you’ll start tomorrow – but why not just go now?
- Get a good pair of shoes on your hooves. This is pretty much the most important thing ever. Even more important than the election this weekend, despite what The Courier would have you believe.
- Ladies, your bon bons will thank you if you wrap them up in a decent sports bra.
- Forget about what other people think. Walk if you have to. All those fast, scary runners are too concerned with beating their PB anyway. (Note: PB is personal best, not peanut butter) (Mmm peanut butter).
- Pump some motivating tunes. I listen to Ministry of Sound and cheesy pop music like Pitbull and the Backstreet Boys. Oh yes I do. Just don’t have it too loud because you need to be aware of your surroundings.
- Speaking of surroundings, you need to find a good, safe place to run. Here’s my picks:
- Lake Wendouree Steve Moneghetti Track. This one is 6km and the Olympic star Mona himself is often spotted around here.
- Victoria Park. There’s lots of different routes to take and lots of pretty trees.
- Yarrowee River Trail. This one weaves all the way through town. You can start in the city on Peel St and go north or south, whatever takes your fancy.
- Lake Esmond on Larter St is a little cutie.
- For hill training, check out Bradshaw St in Golden Point, or the Black Hill lookout.
Of course, you can always just run around the streets near your house.
This is what I do but make sure you watch for cars coming out of driveways and also big scary dogs that want to eat you for breakfast.
It’s only five weeks to go, so make the most of the nice weather again this week and get out there!