The UGM Runners’ Blog: Tapering Tips

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Tapering Tips

Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share suggestions to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about supporting our group of 2019 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!   There are just under 4 weeks to go until Race Day, so it’s time to start thinking about a key ingredient to any training plan: Tapering. This is essentially where, as your event approaches, in the final stretch of your training you run less and rest more! Some runners feel quite uneasy about this, especially after months of training hard, as they don’t want to lose any well-earned fitness before Race Day. However, there are a lot of reasons to embrace tapering. Firstly, you won’t lose any significant fitness by decreasing your mileage at this point, and resting now will actually turn you into a stronger runner as your body is allowed time to heal. Furthermore, decreasing your mileage will reduce the chances of picking up an injury or getting ill (eg. catching a cold) with the event getting close now. And perhaps the best news of all: an average performance improves by 3 percent from good tapering. That can equal 5-10 minutes off a marathon time and a minute off a 10K! Like many things in running though, it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ and training plans...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Using Hill Training in Your Preparation for Uganda

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Using Hill Training in Your Preparation for Uganda

Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share suggestions to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about supporting our group of 2019 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!   When I trained for the Uganda Marathon in 2015, I was relatively new to the world of running – my training mainly focused solely on upping the distance of my long runs week-by-week, with some shorter runs in between, gradually building my weekly mileage. However, as I became more familiar with what the course in Uganda entailed, I knew I needed to (somehow) recreate the conditions as best I could in the UK. One of those key conditions, aside from the heat and trail paths, was the elevations and descents. From that point on, I tried to gradually introduce hill training into my preparations, and it really paid off come Race Day! And that’s what this post is all about – hill training and how to include it in your training!   The Why- The Ups and Downs of Running in Uganda So, why would I recommend adding in some hill training sessions into your prep for Uganda? Well…(and I hope I’m not breaking this to you for the first time)…but the course is well, hilly. There’s a lot of elevations and descents, so the more practice you can get...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Top Tips for Kicking off your Fundraising

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Top Tips for Kicking off your Fundraising

  Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share suggestions to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about supporting our group of 2019 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!   The 2019 edition of the Uganda Marathon aims to fundraise more for our partnered Charity Projects than ever before, and leave an even bigger impact in Masaka! And the key to that… YOU! Our incredible bunch of 2019 International Runners. Many of you have already started fundraising which is amazing! But if you haven’t yet, with now just under 100 days to go until Race Day, what better time to start? Whether you’ve already begun and you’re looking for some more ideas to mix things up, or you’re yet to set up your online fundraising page, here are 9 tips to get your fundraising off to a great start…     1. Getting started – chose your cause! As with anything, the hardest part can often just be getting started. But once you do, it won’t be long before those donations start rolling in! The first step in your fundraising is a simple one – from our selection of projects, choose the top three which resonate the most with you. Think about the causes which align with your passions, as this will give you added motivation...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Setting Up Your Online Fundraising Page

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Setting Up Your Online Fundraising Page

Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Every Sunday, we’ll share new tips to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about helping our group of 2018 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to help!   Following our posts over the last fortnight about kicking off your training and fundraising, this week’s blog is all about helping you, our amazing runners, to set up your online fundraising pages. First, we’ll run through the process of setting up your page. Then, we’ll share some top tips to make it awesome!   Setting up your fundraising page Once Szilvia has confirmed your Priority Project, you”ll be set to start building your page on BT MyDonate. 1. Go to the Uganda International Marathon 2017 event page on BT-MyDonate by clicking here. Then, click on the ‘Start Fundraising’ button (pictured right). 2. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your personal login. 3. It’s time to get creative and make your page personal! We’ve got more tips on this in the second half of this blog, but in summary aim to: Give it a catchy title and summary Write a punchy description about you, your challenge and a touching description of the project you’re supporting Write a personal thank you email message to give it all that extra personal touch! 4. Email Szilvia with your fundraising page web address to complete the...
10 Great Reasons Why our 10K Race could be the Perfect Challenge for You

10 Great Reasons Why our 10K Race could be the Perfect Challenge for You

When people hear the name ‘Ugandan Marathon’, they naturally think about the prospect of running an entire marathon (26.2 miles) in Africa. However, what some don’t realise is, alongside the full-marathon and half-marathon (13 miles), we offer a hidden gem – the 10K Race. And that’s exactly what this blog focuses on – our very special 10-kilometre course through beautiful Uganda. Here, we list 10 reasons why it could be the perfect challenge for you this June…   1. You’ll experience running a 6.2-mile race in rural Uganda Running in Uganda is an amazing experience, and even better during an event. You may only be covering part of our course (see image below), but our route is designed so you still get all the best bits and same overall running experience as those doing the longer distances. You’ll experience: an amazing crowd cheering you on, Ugandan children sprinting to join you as you run past, beautiful scenery, a grandstand finish in Liberation Square, and a big feeling of achievement, knowing you’ve completed a 10K race – in Africa! And if you’re thinking running 6.2 miles in Uganda seems like a daunting task, don’t forget we hold the event at the end of the rainy season when temperatures should be slightly cooler. Plus, the race starts at 8am, so you can expect to finish before the sun gets too high in the sky.   2. Running a 10K Race in Africa is an amazing thing to do for charity! Don’t think because this is our shortest race, people won’t sponsor you. A challenge for charity is all about doing something that is challenging for you personally, in the aid...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: 10 Great Tips if Uganda is Your First Race

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 10 Great Tips if Uganda is Your First Race

  Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Every Sunday, we’ll share new tips to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about helping our group of 2018 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to help!     So Uganda’s your first race? (Or you’d like to brush up on the basics!) No problem! Everyone has to start somewhere- whether Uganda is your first race ever or the first time you’re tackling a particular distance, here we’ll go through the basics so you’ve got them covered. When I signed up to the Uganda Marathon’s 42K in 2015, my fitness was practically zero and I knew very little about running. But before long, I really got into it and it became routine. Your body will adapt and you’ll pick it up quicker than you expect, so don’t worry if you’re literally starting out. And if you’ve got some running experience under your belt, but would like to brush up, that’s great too! Here are some tips to help, which can sometimes get missed in the midst of training. Here are 10 tips to get you started and to bear in mind over the coming weeks, whether you’re running the 10K, 21K or 42K in Uganda…   1. Break it up When I started running, I found a marathon distance pretty scary. Heck, even a 10K...
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