VHI Womens Mini Marathon 2023

Intersport Elverys is delighted to partner with the VHI Womens Mini Marathon for 2023.

For the last 19 years we have been offering unique product, advice and benefits to marathon participants.

We absolutely love sport! From grassroots all the way to the very elite, supporting Irish athletes and sporting organisations dates back to our very origins and is part of our ethos.

We’re one of the biggest supporters of Irish sport in the country and we’re at the heart of sport.

During your mini marathon journey make sure to check out our socials and blog for advice, competitions and more.

For all your running and sporting needs make sure to visit your local Intersport Elverys store or explore our range on Elverys.ie

Between now and the big race day, we will be giving you tips and advice on how to get yourself ready and on the road to the VHI Womens Mini Marathon.

Below, we have some really important advice from chartered physio Michelle Lyons, while we’ve also gone to the trouble of picking out some of the best running shoes, leggings and sports bras for you.

VHI Womens Mini Marathon: How to Be your Best

Chartered physiotherapist Michelle Lyons talks to us about how to be at your best for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and how to ensure your training continues smoothly!

“By now, hopefully your training is well underway as June is only around the corner!

“I’ve worked with lots of female athletes (both professional and beginners) and there are often a couple of niggly problems like back pain or a bit of leaking when you run….that may be holding you back.

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“Often it can be an issue with your pelvic floor – did you know that 1 in 3 women have some sort of pelvic floor problem? But don’t panic, there’s a solution!

“Your pelvic floor muscles run like a sling from the front of your pelvis to your tailbone and they have a number of jobs, like giving you control over your bladder and bowel and keeping your pelvic organs where they are supposed to be.

“But they are also really important when it comes to preventing low back pain, as they provide stability for the joints of your lower back and pelvis.

“The muscles can become stressed during pregnancy and childbirth or if you have chronic constipation, which can lead to problems with low back pain, some leaking from the bladder or bowel or even a dragging feeling as if things are moving down and out.

“For many women, leaking when they run is a very common problem. I say common, but it’s really important to remember that leaking is NEVER normal and there is almost always something that can be done about it!

“Probably the best way to address the issue is to check in with a women’s health physio who also works with athletes; she will be able to not only help you address your pelvic floor issues but also look at your running form.

“Remember: most women don’t need pelvic floor strengthening (no more kegels!) but they do need to re-learn coordination of the pelvic floor with the breath.

“In the meantime, here are some tips to help you get started”

VHI Womens Mini Marathon Tips

Know your floor!

“Your pelvic floor muscles do a number of jobs, including controlling bladder and bowel function.

“Find your pelvic floor by taking a deep breath in, and as you exhale, relaxing all the muscles in and around your pelvis.

“Take another breath in, and this time as you exhale, close your anus and lift up and in, (as if you were trying to stop gas escaping) Count to 5 out loud (to make sure you’re not holding your breath.

“Then (this is the most important part!) fully relax your pelvic floor.

“Congratulations! You just found and activated your pelvic floor muscles!”

Coordinate with your breath.

“Now that you know where the muscles are, practice coordinating with the breath. This will give you more stability during your run and may help with your endurance.

“Take a breath in and feel how both you lower tummy expands a little and your pelvic floor drops a little.

“As you exhale, your tummy should gently move back in by itself and your pelvic floor rises a little.

“This cycle should happen with every breath but if you are worried about leaking, you may not be fully relaxing the pelvic floor, which might be making the problem worse!

“Try this exercise standing, sitting or lying still, and as you get the hang of it, try to incorporate the breath and pelvic floor muscles into your running.”

Watch your alignment.

“Keeping your ribcage over your pelvis when you run can help manage the pressures of running on your pelvic floor.

“Wearing supportive clothing like a good sports bra and EVB shorts can really help improve both form and function when you run in my experience.

“If you are worried about leaking or painful breasts when you are running, that can actually make the problem worse by causing extra tension in the body and can lead to other mechanical problems or injuries.

“Set yourself up for success and enjoy your run!”

VHI Womens Mini Marathon Running Shoes

A good set of running shoes are going to be absolutely crucial for this event.

So check out our Top 5 Runner Review Blog ahead of the race or click on the link below.

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VHI Womens Mini Marathon Sports Bras

As Michelle mentioned, a good quality sports bra will make life much more comfortable.

We have more advice in our Guide to Finding a Sports Bra blog or click on the link below.

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VHI Womens Mini Marathon Leggings

Leggings will make you feel good and look good, so what’s not to like.

We’ve compiled our Guide to Finding the Right Leggings for you, or check out our full range below.

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Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this blog and found it helpful ahead of the big race.

We’re proud sponsors of the VHI Womens Mini Marathon and we can’t wait.

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Find The Right Sports Bra: Size Guide

For active people, your sports bra is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll own – so this sports bra size guide is sure to help you.

Especially if you’re entering the 2023 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, whom Intersport Elverys are proud sponsors for 19 years now.

Even if you’re not entering it and are just a casual or serious sports person, this should be seen as an important investment in comfort and support.

Look at the care and precision we put into choosing our running shoes; the same level of scrutiny and detail should be put into the choice of sports bra.

Just like you do with your leggings too, which we have prepared this Leggings Size Guide BLOG for.

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It’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong type/size of sports bras which can result in breast pain, soft tissue damage, chafing among other issues.

Choosing the right sports bra is essential for women of any size, shape or activity level.  It’s important to make sure you have adequate support so you can lead an active lifestyle without unnecessary discomfort.

Read below or find our latest blog on this topic HERE

 

SUPPORT
Low Medium High
Activity Walking Road Cycling Running
Yoga Hiking Aerobics
Light gym work Active gym work Contact sports

Sports Bra Size Guide: Support

Light Support Bras

Usually, low energy activities will consist of little sweat.

Activities such as walking, yoga, or stretching would be considered low energy. For these workouts, you won’t need as much support as high energy exercises.

Choose lightweight sports bras with narrower straps and bands. An adjustable strap is not necessary for support during low energy workouts.

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Medium Support Bras

These workout activities will be in between low and high energy, like gym sessions or cycling.

Just like the energy level, you’ll need a medium support sports bra to accommodate your body.

Unlike low-energy workouts, you’ll need a wider strap, and since you’ll be breaking a sweat, you need a bra that restricts breast movement more than low-support bras.

 

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High Support Bras

Any high intensity activity, like running, will require a high support sports bra, as your body will constantly be in motion and you’ll need to make sure everything stays comfortably in place.

Find high support sports bras with wide bands and adjustable shoulder straps to adjust while you’re working out or after.

 

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What size should I choose?

You should stick to the size that you wear in a standard bra (once you’re confident you have been fitted/measured properly).  Various brands will offer size conversions either on in-store signage or on the product packaging.

Sports Bra Size Guide: Features

Band

The main source of support comes from the band, which forms the foundation of a sports bra. The band should be snug around your rib cage, but comfortable.  If it feels too tight, it is.

If you can fit two fingers between your body and the band (but not more) that’s the sign of a good fit.

Shoulder straps should feel secure and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement.

Straps that fit properly should not slip, and they should also not dig into your skin.

Adjustable straps allow you to fully customise the fit of your bra.

Closure

Some bras are pulled on over your head, some have a back closure with hooks.

Bras with back closure are easier to get on and off, and gives another option to further adjust/customise the fit.

Underwire

The benefit of underwire in a sports bra is that it supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement.

Wicking fabrics move moisture away from your skin and keep you comfortable.

The more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its sturdier fabric and construction.  Look out for moisture-wicking technologies.

Strap Types

Please note, thin straps are generally easier to hide, however wider straps offer more/better support.

Tank top: This style is most similar to a “normal” bra. The straps are often adjustable so you can customise the fit.

Criss-cross: These straps cross over each other and usually provide good support. The straps are often adjustable so you customise the fit.

Racerback: Sports bras with a racerback have shoulder straps that come together between your shoulder blades to create a Y-shape. This style is more suited for medium- to high-impact activities, but they are typically not adjustable.

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Conclusion

It’s recommended that you re-assess/update your sports bra every 6 months to 12 months as over time the fibers, elastic and other components weaken, which compromises support.

More even more content that could benefit the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in 2022, check out our Running Shoe Size Guide. 

Shop our entire range of sports bras HERE


How To Find The Best Leggings: Size Guide

Love them or hate them, sports leggings are a staple in the wardrobe of any active person – so having a leggings size guide is super helpful.

This year Intersport Elverys is delighted to partner the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon for 2022 and like the last 18 years, we;re committed to offering the best advice and the leading products to all participants.

So whether you’re going to run, walk or jog the marathon.

Or if you’re not taking part at all and are just committed to a sport, training for your own fitness journey or simply wanting to look good, feel good and perform good, then this guide will help you.

Because we know leggings aren’t all about sporting performance, they are a great way of expressing your personality thanks to all the unique styles.

 

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Leggings Size Guide: Where do I start looking?

There are a few things to consider when trying to find a great pair of sports leggings.

Don’t forget, every sport and every body has its own individual needs, so deciding on a few main factors before you start your search will help pin down the perfect leggings for you.

Choosing the best leggings for your sport

If you’re dedicated to one sport and looking to invest in the perfect pair of leggings to improve performance, our quick guide will point you in the right direction.

Running leggings

Many running leggings offer higher compression, designed to help reduce muscle fatigue and speed up recovery.

They usually use temperature-regulating fabric technologies and tend to have a lower waist band to avoid any chafing.

The Nike Dri-Fit Fast Leggings in Black are great.

Gym leggings

Generally speaking, training leggings tend to offer medium compression and have a higher waist band to support controlled movements.

For high impact training like HIIT, seamless high waisted gym leggings will provide great support and ensure comfort throughout your workout.

Try the Puma Logo Eversculpt Women’s Training High-Wasted 7/8 Tights are a great option.

Yoga leggings

Yoga leggings tend to have a lighter compression, wider waist bands and fabric that allows for maximum stretch so you can easily slide from downward-facing dog to baby cobra.

They can come in tight and flared styles, with features like drawstring waists.

The new and amazing Casall Seamless High Waist Yoga Tights are amazing.

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Will you be committed to one type of training, or are you more of a jack of all sports?

This decision will help determine your first step on the treadmill to finding the best leggings for you.

Consider your own style – do you want colourful or black gym leggings?

The cherry on top of the best gym leggings is of course style.

Modern gym and yoga leggings come in a myriad of colours and styles, from solid prints to mesh panelling.

If you’re not sure what to go for, black gym leggings are a fail-safe option that slim and streamline every body shape. Hone in on your favourite shades to wear and take it from there.

We’ve got leggings like the Puma Flawless High Waist in pink or the Nike Yoga Dri-Fit in blue as well as a big array of black leggings.

Leggings Size Guide: Choose your rise

Where the waist of your leggings sits is just as important as your leg length:

Low rise sports leggings: Low rise gym leggings sit well below the waist, across the middle of the hips.

Mid rise sports leggings: Mid rise leggings usually sit somewhere between the belly button and the top of the hips.

High rise sports leggings: High waisted gym leggings sit at the belly button or slightly above it.

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The waist of your leggings will be determined by how much support you want, as well as the kind of look you’re going for.

High waisted gym leggings provide the most support and will help streamline any wobbly bits in the tummy area.

The Nike Pro Mid-Rise above are proving very popular.

Low-rise gym leggings, in contrast, provide virtually no tummy support, but can be much more comfortable for those that don’t like feeling constricted. They’re particularly great for running, as they won’t chafe your midriff.

Unsurprisingly, mid rise leggings are a great middle ground, and the best bet if you’re really not sure which fit you’ll find most comfortable.

Leggings Size Guide: Choose your leg

There are a few different lengths to choose from for your gym leggings:

Full length leggings: These gym leggings cover the entire leg, ending just under the ankle.

7/8 leggings: Very slightly cropped, 7/8 leggings cover most of the leg, ending just above the ankle.

Capri leggings: Capri leggings end just below the knee, covering the entire upper thigh.

leggings size guide

A great place to start when choosing leg length is by examining your workout environment.

Outdoor workouts like running will often benefit from full length gym leggings to keep you warm throughout the seasons, whereas something indoors and sweat-inducing like HIIT will be more comfortable in capri leggings.

7/8 leggings are great all-rounders for all sports and environments.

Leggings Size Guide: Consider material

Leggings or pants made for sport will offer breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you cool and dry, which is what sets them apart from the everyday leggings you might use as loungewear.

Features of gym leggings

When it comes to leggings, fit is everything.

Whatever the workout, you want to be able to give it every ounce of your energy and attention; you definitely do not want flapping legs or sagging waistbands ruining your performance.

A well-fitted pair of leggings can go beyond the gym, too – you might find you’re so comfortable in them, you just can’t take them off!

High compression vs low compression gym leggings

The compression level of your leggings is the biggest contributing factor to how supportive they’ll be.

Compression basically refers to how thick and tight gym leggings are, so they usually come in high compression or low compression options.

High compression gym leggings are thicker, tighter and generally best suited for sports with a lot of movement, like running, pilates or HIIT, as they don’t tend to shift as you move.

High compression leggings can also be used for lower impact sports like yoga, but if you find a looser fit more comfortable, low compression works well too.

When choosing low compression, go for a sports leggings with a drawstring waistband to avoid any sagging or twisting while you work out.

Leggings Size Guide FAQs

Can you run in normal leggings?

Running in normal leggings isn’t advised, as they don’t offer the same support and benefits as running leggings and can cause chafing and other discomforts.

Running leggings are made from specially designed fabric that wicks sweat away from the body and allows skin to breathe during long runs, which will help keep your body at a comfortable temperature and avoid chafing.

Running leggings are also usually made of high compression fabrics to provide maximum support.

Should I wash my gym clothes everyday?

Yes, it’s best to wash gym clothes after each use. Your gym leggings are constantly absorbing sweat while you work out, so can harbour all sorts of bacteria and other nasties.

If you need to deep clean a pair of sports leggings after a particularly hot and sweaty session, try adding some anti-bacterial detergent to your normal washing detergent and wash your leggings on the highest temperature setting stated on the care label.

How tight should gym leggings be?

This really depends on what you want to use them for.

Yoga benefits from lightweight, low compression leggings to allow for bending and stretching, whereas high impact training and running will be much more comfortable in tighter, high compression leggings that give you the best support possible.

As a rule of thumb, if your leggings are too tight on the waist and causing bulging, size up. If they’re saggy at the crotch, size down.

Why do my leggings roll down at the waist?

This can happen for a few different reasons.

First, your leggings could simply be the wrong size. If your leggings are a little loose all over, then sizing down should fix your problem.

Your leggings might also sag if they’re not the right fit for your body shape. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so finding a pair of gym leggings to fit waists, bums and tums can take some trial and error.

Try out different rises to see which one prevents your leggings falling down at the waist.

Finally, it could simply be that the elastic has worn out in your leggings. Invest in a new pair, and make sure to follow the care instructions to the letter to make sure they last as long as possible.

Conclusion

No matter what you wear, the most important thing is staying active, and feeling comfortable doing so.

To help stay motivated, connect with us on social media where we’ll offer daily advice and content to support your workouts at home.

Intersport Elverys is one of the biggest supporters of Irish sport in the country and we’re at the heart of sport.

Make sure to check out our amazing full range of leggings below.

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How to Start Running: The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Starting something new can be intimidating as well as exciting, but having support along the journey can really make a difference. If you ever wonder how to start running, now is your opportunity to experiment and give it a chance to fit it into your lifestyle.

If running is completely new to you or something that you keep stopping and starting, we thought we would help guide you toward a proactive start with all the necessary info needed for a running beginner.

Irish Runner’s Killian Byrne has featured a blog on the Health Benefits of Running if you’re interested?

We’ll cover how to get started, from your footwear to your warm up and to your training plan, and everything else in between to show you how to start running.

If you’re not new to running and just want to change up your plan, check out our blog on Tempo Runs.

If not, let’s kick things off.

Advice on How to Start Running

Athletics Aficionado Frank Greally shares his tips on getting started:

“If you’re new to running there’s nothing worse than slipping on your trainers and setting out at full speed, only to be out of breath and feeling deflated after a few hundred metres. There’s no shame in starting out walking and building up gradually.

“One thing to remember when training is that A Little- A Lot will always trump A Lot- A Little. In other words, Hasten Slowly!  It’s all about consistency and making the best of your Gift Of Days- each of them- One Day More And One Day Less that you have to celebrate on Planet Earth.”

Whether you’re a feisty first-timer or back after a little break, it’s important to pace yourself. Remember, you’re striving for progress not perfection. So why not walk your first run?

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Yes, walking uses the same muscles and joints you use when running, so it’s a pretty sensible place to start. Plus, a decent power walk can still boost your mood and burn calories.

Of course, if you feel like breaking into a jog — or even a run — while you’re walking then go ahead. Just don’t pressure yourself into continuing the run once you get tired. It’s fine to stop and walk again. Regular runners do this all the time — they call it taking an ‘active rest’ in between higher-paced runs.

Why not get started today – try walking for a few minutes with 30 seconds light jogging intervals built in.

After a few weeks you’ll have built up your baseline fitness. You can then look at progressing to Athletics Ireland beginner 5k training plan below.

Running for Beginners Training Plan

Having a goal at the start of any exercise programme can be a great motivator and in many cases can make the difference between sticking with it or giving up.

For someone starting an exercise programme for the first time or just getting back into exercise after a long break it can be a difficult and daunting experience.

How much should I do? How far should I run? What pace should I run at? What rest should I have between runs? These are all questions that are common, so if you have asked yourself any of them, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

The good thing about starting out on a beginner’s programme is that the terms ‘walk’ and rest’ are used quite a lot! Once you have decided on the run to take part in you should work backwards to however many weeks programme you are following. This sample programme lasts eight weeks and is aimed at getting you to the finish line.

It assumes that you have no major health problems, are in reasonable shape, and have perhaps done at least some jogging or walking beforehand.

The following programme is only a suggestion and should be adapted to suit your work and home life and the days of the week that is most convenient for you to exercise. As with all exercise programmes you should always do some gentle warm-up exercises beforehand and some stretching exercises to warm-down afterwards. If you have read this then you have taken the first steps towards getting fit enough for the 5km run!

Happy Running!

Terminology:

  • Walk: Brisk walking pace (faster than walking to the newsagents).
  • Jog: Gentle running (able to chat easily throughout).
  • Walk/Jog: Periods of walking followed by periods of jogging (vary the times and number of walks and jogs depending on total target time/distance).
  • Run: Faster pace than jogging but still able to chat (not continuously though).
  • Rest: Either a day off exercise completely or other exercise such as swimming, aerobics or cycling.

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Warming Up Women

How to Start Running: Warming Up

Whether you are running for 2 minutes or 2 miles, you need to put time aside for warming up and down – your body will thank you.

Start with a simple fast walk or slow jog before getting started at your normal pace.

A warm-up can take as little as a few minutes. Even when you’re strapped for time, going through a quick list of specific motions will help prime you physically and mentally.

Check them out below.

Knee to Chest:

Stand straight, bring your right knee to your chest while keeping your left leg straight, and rise up on your left tiptoes as you clasp your hands in front of your right knee. Take a step forward and alternate legs, hugging your left knee to your chest while rising up on your right toes. Keep your core engaged and strong.

Quad Stretch:

Lift one leg up behind your back while holding it with your hand and feel the pull in your quad. Repeat with the other leg.

Lunges:

Step one leg out and bend to a 90 degree angle and bring the other knee down towards the floor and repeat.

Calf:

Stand with one foot in front of the other, bend your front leg while keeping your other leg straight. Keep the foot that is behind firmly flat on the ground and don’t bend the knee. Straighten your back and hold the pose for 10-seconds and repeat with the other.

Toe Touches:

Standing with your feet out wide bend your body over keeping your hips straight and reach your hands down to you toes. Hold 10 seconds. For variations move your hands in between your feet and both hands to one side. Do as you see fit.

Leg Swings: 

Get an area of support to stand by, swing one leg in front and backwards and continue for up to 10 motions. Repeat with the other leg.

Hip Rotation:

Standing straight up, make exaggerated hula-hooping-style circles with your hips, rotating in one direction, then the other.

Full Arm Circles:

Keeping your arms straight and out to the side, circle your arms forward and then backward. to get the shoulder moving before running. 

Visit Our WARMING UP – WHEREVER YOU TAKE RUNNING for more exercises to warm up and down.

 

As well as warming up, make sure to warm down too!

We hooked up with Irish long-distance runner Grace Lynch to teach you how to do it correctly.

 

How to Start Running: Footwear 

This is one area that we would advise to get before you start off running, as a good pair of running shoes can seriously improve your run.

If it turns out you don’t run that often at least you will have a solid pair for spontaneous runs in the future.

There are so many different brands, technologies and pricing options nowadays with running shoes and it can be overwhelming to know which pair to choose. Once you know your foot type and what shoe you should be wearing, it’s all about brand preference then.

Things You Need To Consider Before Buying:

Finding Out If You Require a Neutral Or Stability Shoe

You can do this at home by completing a Wet Foot test or you can get your foot analysed in select stores.

You will then choose a shoe that is suited to your foot type.

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What does overpronation, pronation/neutral and supination mean?

Pronation is the natural side-to-side movement of your foot as you run or walk. As your foot/heel connects with the ground, your arch begins to flex/flatten and absorbs the shock acting as your natural shock absorber for the body.

Overpronation: When your foot strikes the ground, it rolls inwards to absorb the shock.

Neutral Pronation: When someone has a normal arch the foot experiences a normal amount of pronation on impact.

Supination: (Underpronation) Not as common as the other 2 foot types. It is typically seen with a high arch and as a result the foot isn’t able to naturally pronate.

This guide on how to Run Injury Free will help you pick the right shoes too.

Comfort Levels

At Intersport Elverys, we have 3 levels of comfort in our shoes. Find out all the information that you should consider when choosing the level of comfort below:

Regular Comfort + We would recommend for anyone just starting off or don’t require a large amount of cushioning.
Extra Comfort ++  Perfect for those longer runs, for those wanting an increased shock absorption.
Maximum Comfort +++ These are best suited for those who are looking for best shock absorption, with extra or maximum comfort.

Visit our Top Running Shoes Review for 2024 blog here.

How To Measure Your Feet

Step 1: Standing straight with your feet firmly on the ground, heal flush to the wall and a blank piece of paper taped to the floor beneath your foot.

Step 2: Measure the largest part of your foot (heel to biggest toe) using a pencil to make your markings. Repeat this on the other foot, your left and right foot may vary in size.

Step 3: Using a ruler to measure the markings you’ve made from heel to toe.

Visit our HOW TO MEASURE YOUR FEET AT HOME blog for more information on this and to see different brand size guides.

Foot Measuring Graphic

 

This blog on the Top Eco-Friendly Running Shoes is not to be missed.

Conclusion

You’re now ready to get out there and begin your running lifestyle, we hope this information will be a lot of help throughout your journey.

If you need additional advice on technical and compression clothing, running tech, accessories and nutrition then;

View all things running HERE and avail of Free Delivery over €60 and store returns.

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The Health Benefits Of Running: Is It Good for Your Heart and Lungs?

When you consider the health benefits of running, it’s easy to understand why it is so popular right now.

Running is a popular workout since it is inexpensive and can be done at any time that is convenient for you. Fun runs, sports races, and marathons are all popular among runners, so don’t forget to contact your local running club if you want to compete with other runners.

In this blog, Health and Fitness advocate and former Ironman, Killian Byrne of the Irish Runner magazine, is going to talk you through some the health benefits of running, he’ll answer if running is good for your heart and lungs, and other things.

And don’t forget to check out our other running related blogs, such as a Beginners Guide to Trail Running.

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The Health Benefits of Running

“The saying goes ‘You’ll never regret a run’ and while many might dispute the sentiment, there is overwhelming evidence that being active is one of the best interventions we can undertake to improve our wellbeing.

“While it’s clear that moving more can increase our cardiovascular health, weight loss, improve muscle function and help in regulating pain, recent studies show that exercise can be used as part of a treatment plan for more than 20 conditions including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, chronic back pain and in some cases, exercise can play a role in preventing certain types of cancer.

“Parkrun, the global provider of free 5k events for walkers, runners and volunteers, undertook research to examine the benefits being active has on our physical, mental and emotional health. The results were so strong that parkrun teamed up with GP practises around the UK and Ireland to actually prescribe exercise as a tool in the doctor’s arsenal towards improving their patients lives.”

Is Running Good for you Heart and Lungs?

“What’s becoming clear to the medical profession today is the role exercise can have in supporting our personal mindset.

“Regardless of our age or fitness levels just getting outdoors can help lift our mood. All too often nowadays we find ourselves consumed with the pressures of work, family, finance and home life, concerns which have heightened in the enforced lockdown the Coronavirus has brought upon us. 

“We are encouraged to get 30 minutes of activity a day and for many even that is becoming a problem.

“But all is not lost, research from Sport Ireland highlights that since the start of the pandemic over one million people in Ireland have become more active, with running being top of the list of activities we like to do and a study by Asics during the pandemic found that 78% of runners said the activity helps to ‘clear their mind’.

“So what benefits of running are people getting out of it?”

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Relieves Stress

“Running gives an opportunity to ‘de-stress’. Getting up, out and away from the desk allows us to forget the pressures of life for a while and whether you chose to run through a forest or jog by the sea the opportunity for a change of scenery provides a rush of endorphins you’ll not find when sitting at your computer in the kitchen. You don’t always have to work up a sweat but being active is an ideal way to boost the body’s ability to deal with tension.”

Enjoy More Family Time

“It’s a chance for family time we may not have had in the past. Long commutes, late meetings, increased workload and lifestyle pressures has meant that previously, families rarely spent any meaningful time in each other’s company. Today, we are not only spending more leisure time together but are actually getting out and exercising together. Children will relish the chance to run with their parents; Parents will treasure the new found time with their children. We’re beginning to understand that the really important things in life are those that are closest to us.”

Achieve Your Goals

“With our running, we get to set personal goals rather than professional ones. The motivation to reach your 10,000 steps, weekly mileage distance or 30 minutes activity a day all work towards deflecting your effort away from the pressures of ‘life’ and focus your emotions towards yourself. Personal goals give us an incentive to maintain the effort we may have planned in our January resolutions. Pick measurable, achievable targets and reward yourself when you reach them. Then when you do achieve your goals, set some more and start again.”

Receive Greater Emotional Support

“Support from friends and family – important because humans are essentially social beasts. Exercising with our family and those in our safe bubble allows us to continue the social connection that has been lost in today’s online ‘zoom meeting’ world. Remember though, exercise connects us emotionally even if we can’t connect physically. We encourage each other to get up and active and reach goals and targets together. Large scale national initiatives like 100 days of walking provide support while helping people reinforce friendships along with building new ones.”

Focus on You

“Most of all though exercise can provide ‘you’ time. Your run, walk, hike or swim is time you can spend in your own thoughts. It is time to think, to contemplate and work through the emotions that may have been weighing on your shoulders with no opportunity for release. Running allows you to direct your attention to yourself rather than on the problems others set you. You’ll be surprised by how much breathing exercises, mindful thinking and mood boosting podcasts can make your run some of the most personally productive time you can get.”

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The Benefits of Running for You?

“If you run then you are a runner.

“There’s no special distance or time to reach before the benefits begin, you just need to run. You don’t need to be fast, run far or enter races, you don’t need to have ambitions to run a marathon or collect medals, you just need to start.

“One foot in front of the other. You might jog, then walk, then jog again but consistency will see you get used to being on your feet and what once seems impossible will become normal.

“Three 20 minute runs a week are better than trying to run for an hour every weekend. Don’t overstretch, listen to your body and remember that we never have to run but we do get to run. How we frame our run is key, running is enjoyable and should always be fun.

“The benefits of being active are well documented. It calms us, it makes us more productive, it boosts our brain. Running helps manage stress and improves sleep. Running makes us more productive and increases creativity it. From head to toe the advantages of running are no longer disputed. You might start running to take care of the body but you’ll continue because it’s good for the mind.”

 

Avoiding Health Risks

Running injuries are common because it is a repetitive, weight-bearing exercise that requires you to work against gravity.

Because shoes help cushion the impact of landing, certain factors, such as not wearing the proper running shoe, can make runners more prone to injury.

However, the most common cause of injury in runners is doing too much too soon. Runners can avoid injury by keeping track of their fitness and making sure they aren’t overtraining.

Injury can occur if you increase your weekly running distance too quickly.

Rest, ice, and pain medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen can be used to treat most overuse injuries.

Our Ultimate Guide to Running for Beginners will tell delve into detail on this subject even  more.

But remember, the benefits of running for outweigh the risks.


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A Weekend of Running

This weekend, Intersport Elverys are backing a whole weekend of fantastic running events, with something for everyone, right across the country.

It all kicks off on Saturday with your local Parkrun. Why not bring the family along to your local event where we’re proud sponsors of this fantastic community-based weekly run!

Then on Sunday, we’re down south, backing the pace runners in the Cork City Marathon by kitting them out in Asics running gear!

Finally, on Bank Holiday Monday, if you’re out and about in Dublin, why not head along to the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon where it promises to be a fun-filled day as always. As one of the sponsors of this event for the past 14 years, we’re extremely proud to be right behind it.

So here’s a quick look at each run this weekend; which one will you be heading along to?

Saturday 3rd June-  ParkRun Ireland

Running for Fun Times, Not Fast Times!

Parkrun organises weekly 5Ks all over Ireland, with each location kicking off every Saturday morning at 9.30am. It’s a wonderful way to get active, get social and get moving, all while exploring the outdoors. There’s no better way to kick start your weekend!

So tie up them laces and grab a friend. If you’re in need of any running advice, why not head down to your local Intersport Elverys store, which is THE destination for running gear and get booted up with our top of the range running shoes or check out our online running range here.

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Sunday 4th June – Cork City Marathon – Irelands largest Marathon Event

We’re proud to be backing the pace runners for the Cork City Marathon this Sunday. Catch the very talented runners rocking their Intersport Elverys sponsored Asics race tees! Be sure to give them a shout of support and a maybe a sip of water! The day, as always, will have a fantastic vibe, full of enthusiastic runners, so why not pop along to lend your support.

Monday 5th June – VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

This Monday, women from all over Ireland and further afield will come together to raise much-needed funds for Irish Charities. We’re also proud sponsors of this fantastic annual event.

There’s no better way to kick start your #MondayMotivation than popping along to cheer them on.

Check out our Mini Marathon ambassador, Hayley Coleman’s last minute advice to her fellow runners!

Finally, best of luck to all runners taking part over the long weekend! Happy Running!

Intersport Elverys Ambassador Hayley