Guide to training for a fun run or half marathon
Want to start running or take part in a fun run? You can reach 5km in just 8 weeks with training and support. Follow this expert advice to stay motivated and avoid injury.
Fun runs are a great way to get fit and raise money for charity. There are dozens of different runs to compete in around Victoria, with a range of different distances that cater for all levels of fitness.
The RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival on 20-21 May 2023, for example, has nine distances, including 6km, 14km, 23km (half marathon), 44km (full marathon) and 60km (ultra-marathon), as well as 6.5km and 12km trail runs, and 5km and 10km walks.
RACV Club personal trainer Renee Quayle, who supervises the Run Club at the City Club Fitness Centre, says the best place to start your running journey is to consult a run coach or a fitness professional.
“This will ensure you’re addressing your running goals, and training according to your ability,” she says. “Most runners will face muscle soreness, stiffness, or injury from starting out too hard, too fast, too soon. That’s very common.”