If you’re taking on a challenge event like a run, cycle ride or trek – or simply want to get fit – a good training programme is essential. You can find a wealth of recommended training plans online and through your challenge event organiser.
Our Fundraising Manager, Lizzie, who has completed several challenge events in aid of Look Good Feel Better has put together her top tips to help you get challenge ready.
- Choose an activity that suits you – when considering what challenge to take on, choose something you are going to feel comfortable and confident with. It’s great to push yourself out of your comfort zone but ultimately you also want to make sure you enjoy the experience.
- Set yourself a goal – A realistic goal is important for getting the most out of the experience. Sometimes, taking part with friends can be a great way to help you keep motivated and stay on track towards your goals. You also need to set yourself a realistic and achievable fundraising target. The charity will provide you with lots of support to ensure you reach your target so be sure to utilise their advice.
- Allow plenty of training time – It’s important to give yourself time to build up gradually to the distance, event or discipline you are taking on. For example, if you are targeting a marathon you will need to start training some months beforehand, even if you run regularly – you could take part in a 10k and half marathon as smaller targets to get you prepared for the main event
- Get into a good routine – Consistency is key to a good training regime – little and often can be the best way to build towards your goals and stay injury-free. Recovery is as important as the effort, too, and make sure you are well hydrated and fuelled for exercise.
- Make sure you have the correct kit – Having the right footwear, clothing and equipment can reduce the risk of injury, and it will help improve your performance and comfort while exercising. Event organisers should advise you of the kit you will need to complete your challenge.
- Enjoy the experience! – You will have put a lot of energy and time in preparing for your challenge so it’s really important you enjoy the experience on the day. Having friends and family to meet at the end of the challenge or in training can also be really helpful.