It doesn’t matter what sort of shape you are in – if you’re injured you won’t make it to the starting line.
No matter what distance you’ve entered for the Gold Coast Marathon, it’s vitally important that you look after yourself to ensure you don’t waste the training time you’ve already put in.
Firstly, make sure your footwear is in good condition; a pair of running shoes normally is good for about 600kms depending on your biomechanics and foot strike.
Mix up your surfaces. In order of preference go for grass, dirt, gravel, bitumen and concrete, but try to avoid concrete as much as you can.
Substitute a running session each week with a pilates, yoga or stretching workout.
After a hard session, elite athletes have an ice bath or an ocean swim and if it is good enough for them, then it is good enough for you too.
If you miss a training run don’t try to catch up, but actually drop back to where you were two days prior to the missed day.
Keep hydrated to make sure your muscles have the chance to function efficiently and always run in well lit areas to avoid trip hazards.
The best time to stretch is after your run while your muscles are still warm and loose.
When you begin a run, give your body a chance to work up to your goal pace or even start out with a walk to let your body get going slowly.
And for those not running or walking this year, how about lining the various courses and cheering the participants along?
There are some great vantage points from Runaway Bay to Burleigh Heads you can watch from and I can tell you from experience that nothing lifts the spirits of a distance runner more than a cheer, a rousing bellow or a cheeky comment from the sidelines.
Junior Dash reaches from Coast to Cape with virtual events for even the most remote runners
First Nations youth across Queensland’s regional and remote communities will be able to join the charge when the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Junior Dash races kick off this July as part of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon running festival.
A virtual event will enable entrants to run or walk anywhere, no matter where they live in Queensland, with funding from the Queensland Government set to support up to 1,250 First Nations youth to participate within their own regional or remote community at a subsidised rate.
Elite Tasmanian marathoner sets sights on top of the podium at the 2021 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon
Tasmanian Olympian, Milly Clark hopes to switch up her second place from her first Gold Coast Marathon in 2019, for first in this year’s feature 42.195km event in just under four weeks’ time.
The first Australian home in the 2016 Rio Olympics women’s marathon, Clark’s result and PB on the Gold Coast in 2019 moved her into ninth position of Australia’s all-time female marathoners and the fastest ranked female in the Gold Coast event.
Lena’s story – a marathon journey to make her marathon debut.
The seed to run a marathon was planted on the sidelines of the New York Marathon when Lena-Jean Charles–Loffel watched her best friend’s sister cross the finishing line of the world-famous event in 2016.
A Yorta Yorta and Gunai Kurnai woman, Lena started her own running journey on return from the Big Apple and trained for a half marathon first with her sights set on a marathon and joining Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP).