Eimear Hutchinson shares another mini marathon tip

In her weekly column Eimear Hutchinson shares tips on getting race ready for The Echo Women's Mini Marathon Virtual 6K Your Way in September
Eimear Hutchinson shares another mini marathon tip
Wow columnist Eimear Hutchinson getting ready to take part in this year's The Echo virtual Woman’s mini-marathon registration is now open at theechominimarathon.ie. Picture Dan Linehan

Eimear Hutchinson is the brand ambassador for The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon virtual race

IF you are doing any bit of running or walking, I find having my smart watch really useful. I am not competitive when it comes to running (any more!) but it is nice to have a small element of achievement when it comes to sports.

I usually set out on a run, decide I’m going to do a certain distance and aim for a certain time, usually 5km in under 30 minutes.

I also find it great for pacing myself, I used to be notorious for starting off too quickly and running out of steam too early but with my watch I can keep a steady pace all the time. This has made a huge difference to the distance I run and also to how much more I enjoy it, I’m not huffing and puffing like I used to.

Choosing a watch depends on a lot of things, I wanted one that could operate without my phone so it has built-in GPS and also music so I can set off with my Garmin watch and my wireless headphones and I’m all set.

HOW TO TAKE PART...

The event ‘6K Your Way’ is free to register, on https://theechominimarathon.ie/ You can complete it by walking, running or jogging. When you are registering you will have the option to purchase a souvenir medal. We are encouraging people to do the 6K on September 20, adhering to all government guidelines. Upload your results on the website and download a certificate of completion. If you can’t complete your 6K on September 20 you can also do it from September 18 to September 27.

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