FOR a runner, the Great Aberdeen Run is one of the most exciting things to have happened in the city for a long time.
It’s not just the opportunity to do a half marathon, but the different choices of race – a half marathon, 10k and the mile-long family run - mean that there is something for everyone, making it a real community event.
I’ve been running since I was six years old, and have travelled across the UK taking part in competitions from 10ks to marathons, so it’s ideal to have this type of event on my doorstep.
Of course, if you are choosing the half marathon option or running a 10k for the first time, training is vital.
Getting ready for the event revolves around building strength, speed and endurance whilst making sure you are eating the right things.
Aberdeen Sports Village has a unique Great Aberdeen Run Lifestyle membership, which, as well as the event entry fee, includes exclusive benefits designed to get you “race-ready”.
The six-month membership is suitable for all abilities, whether you are new to running, want to improve your technique or looking to increase your distance.
The membership includes running-led training sessions with ASV running experts and exclusive, focused workshops which look at strength and conditioning, running technique analysis, nutrition and yoga for runners.
A personalised training plan is included, which will take into account existing fitness levels and individual training needs.
The membership also includes discounts at Spear Physiotherapy, Aberdeen Sports Massage and Run-4-it.
The most common mistake is to try and do too much too soon, or too long a distance, without building up, which in turn can lead to injury.
Planning and training are key to success not just on the day of the run, but how you feel the next day as well.
Training with friends and colleagues can really help – it not only adds a bit of competition but also makes getting started a lot easier.
The Business Challenge is the ideal way to motivate colleagues to get fit together.
Encouraging each other along is great for office morale and challenging other companies will add a bit of friendly business rivalry in Aberdeen.
Teams of four can enter the 10k or the half marathon and there are prizes in each category.
There are also a number of official local charities associated with the Great Aberdeen Run, so it’s also a perfect opportunity to raise money for a cause close to your heart. And once you’ve been sponsored there’s no backing out!
With the right preparation, the Great Aberdeen Run is the perfect way to achieve your fitness goals.
The ASV Great Aberdeen Run Lifestyle membership is available now.
Kyle’s top six tips for running success
- Keep it simple to start with – walk, jog or run as often as you can
- Follow a training plan and record your workouts
- Vary your training workouts to get the best out of yourself
- Set yourself some short term goals before the big race
- Find a group or running partner
- Look out for local races and runs – parkruns are free and great fun