Training tips for Chariots Teams

With Chariots of Fire quickly approaching, a Cambridge based massage therapy clinic, are looking forward to taking on the challenge and raise money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

With Chariots of Fire quickly approaching, a Cambridge based massage therapy clinic, are looking forward to taking on the challenge and raise money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, to support the charity’s quest to build a new hospice. Their team of experienced therapists work on athletes of all levels at their Cambridge clinic and expect to be treating many runners who are taking part in Chariots of Fire this year. 

A senior therapist at the clinic said “it’s great to be part of the event and support the great cause of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. We always see an increase in customers coming to see us around the time of large events such as Chariots of Fire. If you have not already registered a team, I would urge you to do so, it’s a great atmosphere with a wide variety of runners of all ages and fitness levels taking part. My team are looking forward to running and helping to raise money for this important charity. See you on the start line.” 

To help participants train for Chariots on the 21st September, featured below are a few hints and tips provided in preparing your body for the event and also ways improve your running throughout the year. 

Prepare like an athlete. You may not feel like a wor­ld class runner, but it is very important to treat your body like one. Make sure you warm up correctly for each training session and the race itself. Always do a bit more dynamic stretching and loosening off than you think you need. Perform at least 10minutes of body weight movements and stretches before you start. 

Listen to your body. Many of the customers we see at our clinic have problems due to overtraining. Be sure to make recovery an important part of your weekly schedule, if you feel worn out take an extra day off or perform a light session with more stretching. If you have a niggling pain or injury don’t run through it, get to a professional as soon as possible. It is better to be safe than sorry. 

Chest up / Be positive. Having good posture when running really makes a difference with how your muscles work. Try keeping your chest up through the run, you will deliver more oxygen to the system. Being upright helps you to stay positive and push on even when you are tired, so chest up and smile, it does make a difference! 

Wear the right footwear. There’s no single 'best shoe' – everyone has different needs, one person's ideal shoe may not work for another person. Make sure you have a comfortable fitting running shoe, consider going to a specialist running shoe store, they will ensure you have the right shoe for your body. Don't pick running shoes based on the colours or style, Just because they look cute doesn't mean they'll be the best running shoe for you! 

Nutrition. Avoid overdoing the energy drinks and food before the race. Ensure you eat a breakfast with some carbohydrates at least 1 hour before the race. Your body cannot digest food and run at the same time, otherwise you will feel uncomfortable and could even get a stitch. Having a good post session intake of quality nutrients if you are training will also help with the recovery process.

 The race takes place on Sunday 21st September, starting from Queens’ Green with teams of six each running the scenic 1.7 mile course in relay format through the city centre and Kings, Clare and Trinity colleges.