Preparing for the Great North Run with Butterwick Hospice

Thu 7th Apr 2016

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Signing up to #RunForButterwick at the Great North Run is just the beginning, you need to put in the hard work to get yourself ready to run a 13.1 mile marathon. 

As daunting as that may seem, we want to help motivate you by offering some helpful tips for getting started with your training and preparation. Before you know it, we'll be in September and you'll be at the starting line and raring to go...! 

You need the right pair of trainers
Head down to your local running shop and get some advice on what trainers will be best for your specific needs.

Plan ahead
Having a training plan in front of you can help to you motivate yourself on that cold Thursday evening to get up and go for a jog. Don’t try and do too much too soon, it takes time for your body to adapt so make sure you schedule in some rest days.

Pace yourself
Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint! Slow yourself to a pace where you can hold a conversation, this will enable you to carry on for a longer period of time.

Try walking
Alternating between walking and running can be very effective when training as it can help you go for longer. By choosing to only run you will notice that you cannot train for as long as you would be able to if you included some walking breaks. 

Keep a fitness diary
Tracking your progress when training for something like a marathon is a great motivator. You will see the progress you are making on paper and become even more determined to improve and try that little bit harder.

Don’t stop
With a busy life it is hard to find the time to train. Whether you have to get up before work for a gym session, or start taking the dog for an evening jog instead of a walk, you need to ensure you’re making your free time work for you.

Do it with others
Training with a friend or a partner can make a real difference, positive motivation from a running buddy will really help you to go that extra mile. You can also interact with other runners by using our hashtag #RunForButterwick on Twitter!

Remember that you are doing an amazing thing by raising money for Butterwick Hospice, as we rely heavily on people like you to fund our specialist care. 

We are able to offer a number of guaranteed places for the Great North Run, so if you would like to secure your place and #RunForButterwick click here.