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The annual Aware Christmas Run is taking place on December 10th in Phoenix Park. Aware was founded in 1985 and their main aim is to provide information, support and education to individuals who have depression or bipolar as well as family members supporting a loved one. In its 11th year, the Christmas Run represents for many people a platform in which they can stand up and show support for individuals who suffer from depression. Also, raise awareness about the importance of talking openly about mental health issues.
The Aware Christmas Run offers individuals the opportunity to partake in a fun, refreshing event. It is beneficial for their own health but also contributes towards making a difference in the lives of many others. Registration for the Aware Christmas Run is open until the 5th of December. If you would like to get involved and participate on the day, click here.
The course of this year’s event includes both a 5km and 10km option. This allows individuals of all fitness levels the chance to participate for such a great cause. The event itself takes place at 10am so it is advised that you arrive in lots of time to prepare yourself for the run. Don’t forget to bring your race number and timing chip on the day. If you registered after December 5th, you can pick your race number and chip at the registration collection point on the day.
Although this event is a fun day out to raise funds for a very worthy cause, it is also important to take the proper precautions before taking part in the run. As we are now in the winter months, it is vital that you dress appropriately especially for running in the cold and possibly rain depending on the weather conditions on the day. Make sure to wear a few layers and bring a hat and gloves with you if needed. It is important to be warm without sweating so much that you get a chill so it advisable to wear fabrics with breathable material. Appropriate running shoes are also essential especially if you are running in wet weather.
Warm up correctly before the run. You can do this while you are waiting for your run to start by jogging on the spot or doing some dynamic stretches. Make sure that you also fully stretch all major muscle groups after the run to prevent your muscles from cooling down too quickly and risk experiencing DOMS the next day.
If you happen to sustain an injury on the day, contact us here where one of our expert physiotherapists will assess your injury and provide you with a tailored treatment program to minimise recovery time. Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, we would like to wish all those participating the best of luck and hope you have a great day.