The Wheathampstead 10k is long enough to provide a real challenge but not too long that it becomes a test of endurance. For many it’s the perfect distance, whether you’re a trembley kneed beginner or a sore footed seasoned veteran.
Preparation for such an event is essential, whatever your experience, so as to avoid injury and enjoy the event.
When training you want to minimise the changes of injuries and problems which arise through running. Pain and discomfort can vary anywhere from the foot and ankle, knee and hip and even within the back. Specific conditions are also common as a result of running including plantar fasciitis in the foot, patella tendonitis in the knee and muscle imbalances, which can affect the mechanics of the whole body.
To avoid aches and pains and conditions associated with running, rest is essential. It allows the body to repair and heal adequately in order to face the challenges of the next training session.
When exercising, it is important to listen to your body. If you experience pain it is the body’s way of telling you that something is not right and should never be ignored or run through, as this can further exacerbate the problem, leading to a longer recovery time.
A necessity for all runners is a decent pair of trainers with plenty of cushioning and arch support. It is far better to wear out your shoes than yourself!
Good luck to all competitors in the Wheathampstead 10k.