Melbourne is good for many things… coffees, late-night restaurants, comedy shows and very good-looking, cool people. But it’s also pretty damn good for fun runs, in particular Run Melbourne on 30 July, which celebrates 10 big ones this year. Over the past decade Run Melbourne has had a whopping 175,000 runners, $12 million in funds raised and over 400 charities supported in the process. To take part, runners can choose from a 5km, 10km and half marathon race.
This year Run Melbourne has partnered with the guys at lululemon and we have been lucky enough to sit down with lululemon ambassador and ultra marathon runner Samantha Gash (pictured above) to find out her top tips for running in this year’s race!
So Sam, what is one mistake that newbie fun run runners make? “Newbie runners often try to build up their mileage too quickly. Focus on a gradual build up and consistency!”
If I can run 10Km, can I run a half marathon? If so, what’s involved in getting there?
“Well, technically, yes!!! The main thing that stops us running longer is our mindset. My suggestion is finding a running program that suits your lifestyle. If you are someone that can only run twice a week you are likely to need a longer build up from someone who can commit to four runs a week consistently. You really just need to increase the distance in your long run which gives you the endurance. As well as building some additional leg strength in your legs through shorter interval work and strength training. “
What are your top tips for the route this year?
“It is an awesome route with some great undulations which is something you should look forward to! You will run through some iconic Melbourne spots starting at Flinders Street station, doing a three quarter loop of the Tan, out the back of Etihad Stadium and the Shrine of Remembrance. This is one of few occasions where the streets are closed off for runners to rule the streets.It is easy to get caught up at the beginning and go a bullet out of a gun but I suggest to ease into it and settle into the crowd as opposed to pushing your way through people.”
Do you have any suggestions for eating before and during a fun run?
“Well, it’s best to make sure you have a plan for your nutrition and hydration, and know where you can access both of these things along the route. If you don’t like what is provided at the aid stations, for example, make sure you bring what you need!”
What is your go-to running wear?
“Sole Training shorts by lululemon are incredible. They have two side pockets that can fit a phone and gels in it, as well as a back-zipped pocket that you could keep your keys in. Long enough to prevent any chaffing between the legs and high waisted as well. The Namastay Put Hipster lululemon underwear. Anyone who runs wants to avoid the risk of chafing and these work a treat for me!! Energy Bra – supportive, super comfy and has padding that you can keep in or take out. I love my Polar V800 GPS watch – it monitors my distance, pace and all of my run data”
Do you run with music/ podcasts/ a friend or solo?
“I do it all. If I am running with people I don’t listen to music unless I am really struggling. If I am on my own, I sometimes enjoy simply running in silence and other times it is nice to be distracted by listening to a podcast or some music.”
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