Week 3 Newsletter

Consistency

Settle in and create the routine

We are just about into Week 3 of the programme, you have found your feet, you are getting into the routine with the group and settling in.
 

By now you will be finding your flow within the programme so it's a good time to remind yourself that we need to look after ourselves post training with good stretching, hydration and nutrition. All this stuff helps you perform at a higher level.

The other thing we want to stress is how important consistency is with this programme. It progresses each week and consistency is something that we can control - try your best to tick each session off, you will thank yourself on race day! 

Race Day Nutrition

This week we will be sending you an email about Race Day Nutrition. In this email we have a video interview with Ien Hellemans, one of New Zealand's top sports nutritionists.

Ien talks about the importance of nutrition both pre race, during your race and post race and how it can massively improve your performance.

We send this information to you at this stage in the RaceTeam programme so you can prepare and start practicing your nutrition in your long runs coming up from Week 4 so come race day, you will have a nutrition plan in place that has been practiced and you know what works for your tummy. 

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Week 3 Sessions

MORNING GROUP

  • Monday 31 January 6.00am
    Meeting Point:
    Deans Ave side of Sth Hagley Park 
    Map of Meeting Point: Click here

    Pace Session

  • Wednesday 2 February, 6.00am 
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
    Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts

    Track Session

EVENING GROUP

  • Tuesday 1 February, 5.40pm
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
    Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts

    Track Session

  • Thursday 3 February, 5.40pm
    Meeting Point: South Hagley Park
    Map of Meeting Point: Netball Courts

    Pace Session

BOTH GROUPS

Course Description: 10km Race

  1. Run down the middle of the park towards the netball courts. At the end, turn right and run towards Moorhouse Ave and around the perimeter of South Hagley Park.

  2. Continue around through the middle of the parks towards the hospital. Continue around the perimeter pathway to the 5km marker. 

  3. Turnaround and reverse the course to the finish. 

Saturday's Course Map
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This weeks quick tip: 

'Two keys to help reduce the risk of injury - body care work and stretch".
- Sarah 

Education

Fuelling our bodies after long runs

In this week’s education we are covering what nutrition you should be putting into your bodies after the longer runs. This is an important part of your training as what you do post run will have an effect on how your body will recover and it’s performance over the following days. 
 

You want to refuel fast after a long run. Your body is very receptive to absorbing carbohydrates back into the muscles within 30mins of a long run. We also want to get some protein in as this assists with muscle repair. 
 

How much carbohydrate should you put into your bodies?
Ideally you want to get just a little bit less than your body weight in grams. For example: If you weigh 80kg you would aim to get around 75 grams of carbohydrate in: (1 medium sized banana = 25g of carbohydrates, 1 cup of rice = 60g of carbohydrate). 

 

Protein
Protein helps with the muscle repair process. There are some carb/protein drinks on the market that would be a good one-stop answer for the post run nutrition - or a banana smoothie. 

Within an hour of eating your post run snack you want eat a full meal. Aim for 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio here. Now you want the carbs to be complex carbs like rice, starchy vegetables (like potatoes). Mix this up with some lean meat and veges and you’ll be well on the way to being ready for your next session. 
 

And don't forget to re-hydrate with water!

There’s a lot more to running a half marathon than just pounding the pavement. Become great at planning nutrition around your key sessions so that you can refuel and start the repair process as soon as possible. This will increase the chance that you’re body will be in it’s best condition for your next run.

Race Day Nutrition

This week, we will be sending you an email with a video around race nutrition so keep an eye out in your Inbox!


 

Yoga as recovery

We all know that we need to stretch and keep our body flexible when we run to avoid injury, this is a great yoga sequence designed specifically for runners targeting hips, hamstrings and glutes - often tight and troublesome areas for runners. 

Other News

  • It's really important that you get to the physio asap if you have soreness that you feel is serious. Talk to us if you need a recommendation. 
     

  • It is early days in the programme - we have a wee way to go, so listen to your body!
     

  • Blister Free?
    Clare has give us a great recommendation for socks that guarantee no blisters!
    Wrightsock are the biz when it comes to socks to look after your feet and ensure no blisters interrupt your training - blisters can be very nasty! And the best news is - it is a New-Zealand based, owned and operated company ;o)
    Check out their website for more info: Click here