Positive Thinking Change Your Mindset and Run Like The Wind

Our Spa Manager Heidi Grimwood is training for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon 

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Training for a marathon no matter how small even the 10km is no easy task. Like most of us we need to juggle family life, work life and try to squeeze in runs when we can. The colder mornings are not encouraging when you’d rather be relaxing with a hot cuppa rather than running outside. However there is nothing more satisfying than completing a run and the adrenaline that comes after.

Top mistakes I have made over the past couple of weeks include not eating breakfast before my run and wondering why my body doesn’t want to move! Not stretching after the run which is essential and  as a result getting sore knees and back. Finally poor mental attitude – running with a mind set of I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS – does not help you finish your training for the day!!

So, yesterday I woke up with a positive frame of mind even though it is pouring with rain and blowing a gale, ate my 2 slices of gluten free toast with a slice of ham on them and a small bowl of water melon, strutted to the starting line with Mark Hilliard of Finish Line Fitness and set off on my 10km training.  I felt amazing, full of energy and positive. Apparently drivers passing claim to have seen me with a big smile on my face too!! I finished my time 3 minutes faster than the previous week and although a little stiff in the afternoon I felt positive that my training was back on track. I am taking my usual break for the weekend and will resume with a 5km run Monday morning after the school run.

I am enjoying seeing the improvements that I am making in my running but know without the mind and body coaching from Mark Hillard I wouldn’t have got this far so thank you!

For more information on the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon click here!

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Jelly Arms & Legs for Heidi Grimwood, Spa Manager @ Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Our Spa Manager Heidi Grimwood is training for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon 

Here is this week’s update

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It’s a gruelling job training for a 10km run when you never had any interest in doing it before. However I must say I am secretly enjoying the new challenge!

Mark Hillliard is my trainer and is a very inspiring guy. So far I have learned a number of better techniques,  for example, lose ankles when running. I always felt like I was built like a sprinter so would run with tense arms striding along the road, however Mark told me to let my arms go like jelly and let the natural rhythm take over – it really works and feels like less effort to run when my body is more relaxed.

Another great tip is to take full advantage of going downhill and fly down it like you are at the end of your race this will help you make up the time you lose when striding up hill. I have done 2 x 5km runs this week my time being 26 minutes which I am delighted with as a starting point.

I am making sure I eat at about 7am so after the school run at have a good run at 9.15am. I tried to run the other day after eating at 8.30am and running at 9.15am – let’s just say it wasn’t a pleasant feeling in my tummy. So I am meeting Mark Hilliard tomorrow for my official training plan to get the best possible time for myself in the 10km run, very excited about this.

Top tips this week:

-          Make sure you do some sprint training – it can be as simple as sprinting from one lamp post to the next and then bringing your speed down to recover. It’s a great way of challenging your body.

-          Also don’t forget to do the hills, its no use just running on the flat – challenge yourself.

-          Be good to your body by refuelling with low GI foods like brown rice, nuts and seeds, fresh fruit.

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