We asked motivation master and Accredited Running Coach, Damon Bray to provide some top tips to start and keep us running in 2018:
You’ve either said your goal out loud and posted it online or a friend has mentioned theirs to you, right? If you haven’t that’s okay because we’ve got the motivational team at the ready when you do put pen to paper or most importantly –
ENTER THE COMP and commit to that 2018 running goal.
Do it for a cause: If it’s your first parkrun or you’re stepping up from a Half Marathon to tackle the Full 42.2km, you need to put in the training, which we absolutely agree can be challenging, but doing it for others less fortunate than you, along the way such as The Love Mercy Millions Challenge can make it more rewarding when you’re logging those training runs each week.
From the ground up: you need to be prepared for the long runs the hill repeats and those faster interval sets and it all starts with comfort. We’ve all had them and if you’re new to the running game you need to avoid blisters, hotspots and other irritation caused by sub-standard products on your feet, this will let you focus on being a better and more comfortable runner for 2018. Our great friends at Feetures! & Topo Athletic work together to keep your feet in a healthy, natural environment, allowing for better running form & pain-free running. Only available at Injinji Performance
The motivation to overcome/push-through: fatigue can come from a variety of sources, and one of the most proven ways of getting you through that – “ My legs hurt too much. I can’t finish my run.”, is Caffeine. Now the last time we were out running, it was hard enough putting one foot in front of the other, let alone carrying a few cups of coffee to get us to the end – Hence why the convenience of having a Revvies in the pocket is so handy., that you can easily place on your tongue when that fatigue feeling hits you will get you back home.
Do it with a friend – They say having a Goal without a plan is just a Dream so grab that new running partner of yours and set out what your training will look like as you head toward that 1st parkrun, marathon or possibly a personal best at Ultra Trail Australia – Where do you start?? Checkout some likeminded people that have been there and done it and read about their experiences and what motivated them in magazines such as R4YL.
Get the right support – You’re almost ready to launch into 2018 well and truly prepared for your own running mecca and what better way to make new friends or grab that running buddy of yours and join a Running Group to keep you accountable and help you with a few of the finer points of running – The Running Movement are a wonderful recreational runners resource and you can easily join them at their Running Groups and Strength Classes or if you can’t make the classes they’ll allocate you your own personal running coach to help your training in 2018 online.
Time to Get it Done… GOOD LUCK! (But now we know you won’t need it – because you’re prepared and motivated).
ABOUT DAMON BRAY
An elite runner, triathlete and duathlete, Damon’s represented both his state (NSW) and Australia.
Damon’s been a lover and student of running ever since his mum, Kerry coached him as a child in primary school. He’s run every distance up to a marathon and finished at the pointy end most times. Damon has now turned his hand (or feet) to the trails, as he looks to go top 10 at Ultra Trail Australia.
Damon is a Level 2 Advanced Athletics Australia Running Coach and the Co-Owner, with his good friend Andrew Lennon, of The Running Movement. A big believer in improving each and everyone’s lifestyle through recreational running. Damon founded 4 parkrun’s around his home in the South of Sydney: Menai; Cronulla; Panania; and the most recent Dolls Point.
If you’d like any extra running tips or want to learn a bit more about what Damon and The Running Movement can do to ensure you RunHappy then pop him an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing delivers a bigger boost before a workout than caffeine. Not only professional athletes can benefit from Revvies Energy Strips. The innovative product can become part of the motivation of those who hit the gym every day to stay in shape after a hard day of work.
Research shows promise that caffeine may also aid in the recovery process by improving blood flow and speeding uptake and delivery of nutrients19. This improved recovery process has been speculated to also assist in athletes immune function capacity – which is well known to be depressed immediately after a hard workout. Of course it must be stated that recovery will not be improved if caffeine intake disturbs sleep patterns. Athletes need to be conscious of the timing and amount of caffeine consumed and make sure that it does not interfere with optimal sleep.
Team sports are most likely to be contested over a period of 30-90 minutes, with different players participating for varying amounts of time. Depending on limitations such as access to sidelines, breaks in play etc. will also determine best practice for the timing of caffeine intake. In most cases intake would be in the 30 minutes prior to start of competition, with possible additional intake at break of play. It is also likely in these high intensity sports that ingestion of food, and to some extent fluid, is impractical, unnecessary and even detrimental to performance meaning that delivery of caffeine via strips is the most practical approach. Caffeine in these types of sports will provide boosts to endurance capacity as well as ability to concentrate on tactical play and skill maintenance as fatigue sets in.
These sports have the greatest weight of evidence for the use of caffeine as an ergogenic (performance boosting) supplement. Caffeine can be taken either before the start or spread out during the event, especially as fatigue starts to set in. Different methods will work better for different people so this might need some experimentation to see what works best for you as well as what works best given other conditions and race scenarios.
Example of use in a triathlete or cyclist competing in a
– Option 1: Pre race consumption – Several strips
taken in the 30 mins prior to race start (number will depend
on weight of athlete as well as individual sensitivity).
– Option 2: Single strip taken pre race then additional
single strips taken at planned intervals throughout event.
– Option 3: No strip pre race. Single strips taken at
regular intervals throughout event.
Ultra-endurance races – lasting 10-48 hours.
As for endurance sports, ultra-endurance events have good evidence for the beneficial effects of caffeine. Best taken spread out throughout the event. It is also worth noting that for ultra-endurance (and endurance) athletes, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are common. Traditionally caffeine has been pointed out as being a major contributor to the increased risk of these episodes of GI distress28. Orally absorbed caffeine, such as that delivered by Revvies Strips may eliminate GI complaints due to caffeine use, while still providing the performance benefits.
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Exam time has rolled around again! Did you know you can enhance your cram sessions and retain more information if you include some caffeine in your study routine? Check out the latest study from John Hopkins university about how caffeine has a positive effect on memory. https://bit.ly/1eOdrc9
Did you know that small regular doses of caffeine offer the biggest mental boost? According to neuroscientist Chris Chatham as little as 20mg of caffeine per hour may be optimal for that mental boost you are looking for. https://bit.ly/1GB0zs0