Ben who is a Sport Brighton Duty Officer gives us his running tips for running during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ben is an experienced runner with a personal training background. He has ran 7 marathons, 2 ultramarathons, countless half marathons (including the recent Brighton half as Pete the Panther) completed various OCR races and has completed a handful of triathlons, up to an Ironman 70.3.
Here are his tips:
I highly recommend taking advantage of the Boris approved daily exercise to get outside. We all know that being outside and regularly exercising is excellent for our physical and mental wellbeing, however please be responsible as the priority, over your training. See my tips and today's run below.
- Keep hydrated throughout the day, avoid large amounts of water just before your run. You'll only generally need to take water with you if you run for 40 minutes or longer.
- Think about the route. Try and choose one that will generally be quieter, or a cycle path that is wide, to allow for space to overtake/pass people
- Go through a dynamic warm up outside, away from others
- Run from your home (avoid extra travel)
- Run by yourself (running with people you live with is fine)
- Track your run on a tracking app and connect with people virtually
- Keep away from other pedestrians as much as possible. If it is safe to do so, cross the road or run in the road to overtake them, then rejoin the pavement. Only do this if you have full visibility
- Only wear sunglasses if they are secure, because you want to avoid constantly touching your face to push your glasses back up. Same principle for your headphones.
- Avoid pressing the button on road crossings. The roads should be quieter so I recommend just waiting for it to be clear to cross. The buttons are gross anyway and we're not going for PB's.
- Cool down, including stretches in your garden or street, away from others.
- You shouldn't have needed to touch anything, but still wash your hands as soon as you get inside.
Stay safe and enjoy.