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Training for the Great Pink Run: What you need to know

Training for the Great Pink Run: What you need to know


The Great Pink Run is returning for another year to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland. This is a registered charity established to gather significant funding to support pioneering research programmes nationally. It also aims to promote the education and awareness on the importance of breast checks and breast health among women of all ages.

Breast Cancer Ireland hopes to speed up Breast Cancer discovery in Ireland by creating a National bio and patient profiling resource, a state of the art clinical Breast Cancer research facility and educating women about the importance of breast health. This will all help increase early detection numbers.

In association with Avonmore Slimline Milk, the 2016 Great Pink Run will be taking place on the 27th of August in Phoenix Park at 10am. All race day essential information will be sent out to you before the event along with your race pack. The race pack includes your race number and chip and it is vital that you don’t forget to bring these with you on the day.


Great Pink Run: Training Tips

The Great Pink Run is an event that welcomes individuals from all age ranges and fitness levels. The main aim of the day is to raise funds for breast cancer research while also having fun.

The following tips will help you to make sure that you are fully prepared ahead of the day:

  • Make sure that you have a pair of good runners that give you the support you need. There is nothing worse than having ill-fitting shoes and being uncomfortable during a long run. Do not try out a new pair of running shoes on race day.
  • Start off gradually. Begin your training by going on small runs and gradually increase distance by approximately 10% per week.
  • Schedule rest days during the week to avoid overtraining.
  • Make sure to gently warm up and stretch before and after each run that you go for. This helps to reduce your risk of injury and ensures that your muscles won’t be stiff or sore the next day.
  • Train at a pace that is comfortable for you. If you are beginner, it is important to train at a pace where you don’t that your breathing is too laboured. Ideally, run at a pace where you can comfortably talk to another person at the same time.
  • Incorporate running uphill into your training regime. This will help to strengthen your calves, hamstrings and glutes. If you lean slightly forward and use your arms more it will give you extra propulsion while going uphill.

Remember, this is a day to enjoy yourself and have fun in the aid of a great cause. Listen to your body and don’t over-train, especially in the 2 weeks prior to the run. If you do happen to injure yourself coming up to or on the day of the event, our physiotherapists are expertly trained in biomechanics and treating running related injuries.

If you would like to book an appointment, you can contact us here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic.

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