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Catch Me if You ‘Dan’

The Liberty’s Office Manager, Daniel Bade is running the Havering Half Marathon for the shopping centre’s chosen charities of the year, Haven House and Cancer Research UK. Both charities do great work in the community, which has inspired Daniel to fundraise for them. Daniel’s training is well under way, so he’s sharing his top tips for long distance running!


Beat the blisters

Wearing the right socks when running is paramount if you want to avoid painful blisters. These Nike White and Black Cushioned Crew Training 3 pack from Schuh (£10) are perfect as the cushioning helps protect areas prone to rubbing in trainers. Don’t underestimate the importance of quality socks!


Research your training plan

Before signing up for your first 10k, half marathon or even marathon you need to have an effective training plan. The best way to do this is to research with running advice books such as Runner’s World Train Smart Run Forever available at Waterstones (£15.99). The book tackles the dangers of over training and the stress of achieving personal bests (PBs) and concludes with a useful training program to enhance fitness so you can carry on running even after you race.


Listen to tunes on the go

Listening to music on your run is a great way to distract yourself from the run itself and to help keep a consistent pace. Songs with various tempos can help motivate you to keep up with the beat or to keep you at a steady pace so you can run for longer. Try the Lightweight Tech Armband from Superdry (£10.49) for easy listening whilst on the go.


Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Staying hydrated is really important before, during and after your training run. Make sure you take on plenty of water throughout the day so you’re not fatigued and to avoid signs of dehydration such as headaches and dizziness. Maintaining hydration on your running days will also help increase your stamina and prevent cramp. Drink water in style with the S’ip By Swell Bottle from Holland & Barrett (£22) and reduce your plastic use at the same time!


You’re only as good as your trainers

Avoid injury by making sure you’re training in quality running trainers. Enhance your performance in these Charged Rogue Storm trainers from Under Armour at JD Sports (£75). Featuring a padded ankle collar for a secure fit, these trainers also have Charged Cushioning to the midsole for a comfortable run, even when you’re reaching the last mile!


Donate to Haven House and Cancer Research UK by visiting Daniel’s Just Giving page and pledge your support for two wonderful charities.


If you’ve been inspired to fundraise or to take up running, let us know through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!



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