The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane – Preparation is key!
The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane is widely recognised as our city’s biggest community event, uniting friends, family and neighbours together for a cause close to them and in celebration of our great city. Brisbane City Council is proud to partner with Bridge to Brisbane, supporting in creating opportunities for residents to be active and healthy.
Fun-run or not, if you’ve run Bridge to Brisbane before with no training or preparation, you’ll know that it isn’t a walk in the park! To help you with your preparation, below you will find five of our top tips!
A good warm up is essential for everyone! Start each workout session with something gentle, like jogging on the spot or a brisk walk, remember stretching is a crucial part of your warmup (and cool down!). Easing into your workout will increase blood flow to the muscles, lungs and heart, and will help to prevent fatigue and injury.
Every runner’s body is different, so choose your own goal and build up to it over time. Bridge to Brisbane has both 5km and 10km races, making it easy for you to choose what’s right for your level. Don’t be put off by the distance – with race day start times to cater from the elite runner through to the walkers!
Start your training sessions with obtainable mini-goals such as a 1km run or brisk walk that increases your heart rate and build from there, increasing the distance every time you hit that target feeling as though you have more in the tank! You’ll be amazed how quickly you can reach your goals with regular training.
Mix it up
In your preparation for the 2019 B2B, you don’t need to just stick to running or walking with your training. Mixing it up with activities such as cycling, social sport or swimming. Varying your workouts will help to keep exercising fun and interesting! Brisbane City Council has over 20 pools around Brisbane and 2000 CityCycles to help you vary your training.
Get fit for free
Did you know Brisbane City Council offers a variety of free fitness and exercise opportunities? Work on your overall fitness and make the run easier by using the outdoor gym equipment provided at more than 150 Council parks, or bring a friend along and take part in free group fitness sessions and boot camps at selected parks.
Visit What’s on Brisbane to see what’s happening at your local park this weekend.
Don’t forget to factor in rest days to give your body time to repair and strengthen itself. We have all been there, needing the arms of a chair to sit down after a tough workout! So it is important to listen to your body, and don’t force exercise if you feel like you haven’t fully recovered. To ensure you recover well, stay hydrated, sleep well and don’t forget to stretch your body after a hard work out.
So, there you go – with these five top tips we are sure you can get the most out of your race and the fun-filled community day! Bridge to Brisbane is a great way to enjoy our city’s beautiful climate, and view Brisbane from an entirely different perspective – register now: www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au.