Picture this…you’re cycling down a quiet country road with the wind whistling through your hair, the sun shining on your face and your lungs filling up with fresh air. Well, some cyclists in Ireland would relate to that feeling but some would say that sounds too good to be true. For some it’s all about busy suburban and city roads, where they meet traffic chaos every day on their way into work as they dodge man-hole covers which become lethal in the rain.
The Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs in the Beautiful Grounds of Dublin’s Phoenix Park and Cork’s Blarney Castle is only a few days away. Leading up to the run we have covered a wide range of topics including the benefits of running for your physical and mental health, warming up and cooling down correctly, nutrition and hydration tips and how to create that all important ‘runners mindset’.
Let’s start this week’s post with a great quote from Henry Ford – “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.”
This is true when it comes to ‘Running’ – How many times have you heard someone or even said it to yourself – ‘Oh I wish I could do that’ or ‘I’m not a real Runner!’. How do we overcome these negative thoughts that make us doubt our own abilities?
Leading on from our previous posts, we are now aware of the benefits of walking and running for a healthy body and mind. In order to maximise results and fuel our activities we need to take a look at our nutrition and hydration.
Welcome back to week two of our Preparation Guide for the Irish Sports Council/ Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs. Both runs will be taking place on February 22nd in the Phoenix Park, Dublin and also in the Beautiful Grounds of Blarney Castle, Cork. This week we will be looking at warming up and cooling down correctly.
Last week we spoke to you about kick-starting your new lifestyle with walking and challenged everyone to take part in the Nationwide Walks to coincide with the TV show Operation Transformation. Well done to all those who participated over the weekend, it was a great success and despite the rain their was a great turnout at all 42 locations.
Its January time again and every year you have promised that this is the year you would get fit and healthy. How about making 2014 the year you commit to changing your lifestyle and why not let the Irish Sports Council help you along the way?