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Saturday 3 December 2016

Finding an excuse not to run is hard if you have a partner

2fm's Ruth Scott and Ciara King
2fm's Ruth Scott and Ciara King

Ruth scott

Tracksuit on, I step outside. Hey presto, I start humming that song, Here Come the Girls.

After many years of trying to shuffle, jog and pant the 10k Women's Mini Marathon, my back injury and I have decided that a 10k walk will be just perfect this time around.

But just because it's a walk, doesn't mean you can ignore it until the week before, squeeze in a few short strolls and blast the legs off yourself for one day only.

The Vhi fitness expert, Louise Heraghty, tells me the nuts and bolts of it are as follows: three walks of 45 minutes and one long walk per week is a great way to build up stamina for the Women's Mini Marathon.

Forty five minutes is totally manageable; I accidentally did a 90-minute walk last week! Unplanned, but thanks to a particularly juicy conversation with my walking buddy, the time just flew.

Don't make me point out the logic of going walking in this fine weather. EastEnders and Fair City will keep until you get back. Plus, you'll feel extra smug if you're stretching, post-walk, whilst watching TV! Set a manageable goal for the week and stretch in the glorious confines of Carrigstown or the east end of London!

See you next time!

Ciara King

The thing I've noticed since I embarked on this journey to complete the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is the advice I've received from people - 'people who run'.

It's ranged from, "10km? Sure you could run that tomorrow if you wanted to", to people grimacing when I tell them I have to run 10km in a couple of weeks, in an "I don't know if you'll be able to do that" sort of way.

The best advice I think I've received is, "just think that you can do it, and you will".

But, I'm still at the stage where I'm really wondering can I actually do this.

I have thoughts like: 'I'll just train for 5km, and then just find the other 5km in me on the day'.

It really is all in your head. I have to learn to quell the voice that says 'can't' and turn it into 'can and will'.

There have been positives though! The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon app has been a great help. I've been following Louise Hegarty's tips and I have been eating better thanks to Vhi nutrition expert David Gillick.

There's been a bit of upheaval in my life lately as I've been moving house, so I haven't allocated as much time as I would have liked in the past few weeks to training.

One afternoon, I got all decked out in my running gear, took one look outside, felt it was 'too cold' and promptly changed out of all of my gear and stayed on the couch watching re-runs of Friends.

Another day, I couldn't find my sports bra or favourite running pants as all my stuff was packed away in boxes - so I couldn't possibly go out running without them! It's like a mental block.

I also had a bit of a scare lately with my ankle. I went over on it awkwardly and I thought I was in trouble.

The tendons in my ankle were really sore that night and every time I moved my foot, I could feel the pain.

Thankfully, things are okay, and my ankles are fine.

I decided to head to Elverys on Suffolk Street to get a gait analysis which is basically the analysis of a person's walk/running style.

From that I could see if there was any issues in my walking/running style, which can be addressed and might then reduce my risk of injury.

Turns out, I'm perfectly aligned!

In terms of training, I am making up for it now as I'm at home in Connemara, and the weather has been incredible, so it's been easier to get out and exercise. I've walked about 15km, climbed a mountain in Connemara and started running on the local beach in the sand.

I've also acquired a running buddy in my friend Noelle, who has signed up for the run, so we're motivating each other, which is really great. I initially thought I could do it on my own. I'm meeting her tomorrow morning and we have an 8km run strategy planned. Here's hoping! I just have to remember to breathe.

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