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: 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...
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...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Chloe Moss

Interview with a UGM Runner – Chloe Moss

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. Passionate about education, Chloe, from London, ran our 42K race in support of Bugabira Primary School. The fastest female International Runner at the 2017 marathon, she talks about the race, training, volunteering at the projects, and the special experience she had staying at the Athletes’ Village.   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? The Uganda Marathon had been on my radar for a while and when a friend of mine, Chris, from Project Awesome told me he’d signed up and that I should too, it became a no-brainer. It was clear this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.   2. In the lead-up to the event, you participated in some of our social training runs in London. Could you tell us about your experience of these? These were great. Admittedly, before signing up I had assumed everyone else would be super-competitive, elite runners looking for an extreme endurance challenge… But in reality, the people who sign up do so for a plethora of reasons; the prime being for the experience (not the race). A massive proportion of people have never run a marathon before (!) and it was very reassuring to see the range of running abilities in the group. But most importantly, it was great to...
Guest Blog: My Story of Race Day – by Simon Fox

Guest Blog: My Story of Race Day – by Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners tells his story of Race Day and running the full 42-kilometre marathon course through rural Uganda. An experienced runner, Simon shares his story – from waking up early in his tent in Athletes’ Village, to being out on the course, crossing the finish line, and being awarded his medal at the closing ceremony of the 7-Day Adventure.   A 4:45 am alarm buzzed on the Garmin and the 4 eco-tent boys were up. New-found friends after a week of intimate camping and eco-showering we were buzzing for the pre-race porridge and eggs. Fumbling around and nervously checking that the final preparations had all been made, we were ready. A mini-bus costa trip down to the start line was infused with more nerves and a morning song with a bus full of newly formed friends. Anticipation, an African delayed start, a warm-up of stretching along to local disco beats, a chat with a local 2 hour 16 marathoner on his warm up, and we were off! Caught up in an early adrenaline-fuelled pace I looked to test whether a 3-hour target would be possible. Ups, downs and a harsh, bumpy terrain inside the opening few k gave me a quick realisation of probably not! The route wound through traditional Ugandan backstreets with locals sat outside selling whatever would grow in their back gardens, up steep hills on roads of red dirt cracked in two by gully’s. Locals laughed and cheered as I came through as the first mzungu, may be surprised to see my pasty white skin run past their front door! Cameraman Rich whizzed past on...
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