First of all, Happy New Year from everyone at the Cardiff Half Marathon. Instead of worrying about all the food and drink you’ve consumed over the festive period, let’s focus on your health and fitness New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re looking to simply get fitter, we’re on hand to help. It doesn’t just happen overnight, though. Following our plan to get fit in 2018, you’ll be in prime condition and stand confidently at the start line of the Cardiff Half come October 7th.
First couple of months:
Starting from scratch and rebuilding your fitness is often the largest stumbling block. Plucking up the courage to get your running gear on and head outside is the biggest commitment. That’s why it’s your New Year’s Resolution after all. For the first couple of months in the year, ease your way through the gears and focus on turning lighter jogs into true pulse-raising work. During the cold winter months, this is enough of an achievement on its own and will keep you feeling fresh and healthy.
March 25th: The Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run
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What better way to kick off Run 4 Wales’ new 10K series than to try out the Cardiff Bay Run at the end of March. This flat and fast course combined with a feel-good atmosphere and bags of entertainment gives you the first spring in your 2018 step. Use this race as a marker of discovering where you’re at, what you want to work towards and what you want to achieve over the course of the year.
April 29th: ABP Newport Wales 10K
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Another date for your diary. Just over a month on from the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run, you can test yourself and your times in a new environment. Get involved in one of Run 4 Wales’ premier events for 2018, the ABP Newport Wales Marathon, and benefit from a huge boost in motivation by surrounding yourself in other like-minded keen runners. Feel inspired by others and take on a new challenge in a revamped Newport centre.
Working towards summer:
Continue to run regularly and enjoy a springtime full of running leading up to your next big event. Regularly clock your times and challenge yourself to keep pushing further and further, eventually building your fitness and getting you into shape for October. Many people enjoy running over this period in the year as spirits lift and the sun shines for longer.
August 5th: Brecon Carreg Barry Island 10K
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Another fresh course bought to you by the Run 4 Wales team around the sunny seaside resort of Barry Island. Enjoy sea views and running past all of Barry Island’s iconic landmarks as you once again test yourself in competitive conditions. Immerse yourself in a gratifying seaside run and make the most of your summertime momentum.
August until October – Up the ante
With the weather improving, you’ll likely find yourself more willing to get out there and run your heart out. With the Cardiff Half quick approaching, you’ll have to turn those 10Ks into 15Ks and beyond. With all the buzz and excitement surrounding the big one on October 7th, find that final surge of motivation within and push yourself towards the best time you can possibly achieve at the Cardiff Half.
October and beyond – Keep it up
By now you’ve probably got the running bug… but most importantly, you’re feeling good within yourself and are fitter than you were at the start of the year. Post Cardiff Half, give yourself time to recover before preparing for another year full of events and improving your times and fitness. Maybe we’ll see you for a marathon soon…
Don’t forget that you can still register for the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 7th October 2018. We’re expecting it to be busier than ever, so don’t miss out on the chance to immerse yourself in one of the UK’s most popular half marathons.