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Tips for Running Success: Royal Runners Race Ahead

By DavidFriday 10th May 2013

royal runners Have you noticed more runners circling the park lately? Since the Olympics came to the UK in 2012, our national enthusiasm for watching Brits such as Mo Farah bring home the gold has seen a rise in sports participation, especially running and cycling. And, I’m not talking about a little jog around the block. I don’t know about you but it seems like everyone from the IT guy in the office to my couch-potato neighbour is signing up for a running challenge. My cousin has recently returned from a Racing The Planet challenge in which he trampled 250km in Chile across sand dunes, salt flats and rivers. Not only did this make me think “wow, what an amazing achievement” but I actually considering digging out my trainers. Meanwhile, my friend is soon to head off to Dirty Weekend (11th May) for some adrenaline-filled days of running. Part obstacle course, part music festival, it breathes new life into a sport with a reputation for being a solitary pursuit. Plus, when the weather finally turns for the better you can step off the treadmill and into the outdoors. The running bug has even spread to our Royal Caribbean Runners who have been pulling on their trainers across the country. So, what are you waiting for? Here are our top tips for running success.

1)   Challenge Yourself

Running challenges are a good motivator to beat your personal best while also giving you a target to work towards. But, it’s important to pick a goal that’s suitable for your fitness level and achievable, to keep your interest. If you’re a beginner, aim to increase speed, distance or frequency or even sign up for a 10km challenge or fun run. Royal Runner The challenges don’t stop there. Each year thousands of participants train eagerly and run marathons (26-mile courses) en masse while encouraging crowds cheer from the side-lines. If you don’t fancy running in one of the most famous races in the world, the London Marathon, there are similar races happening around the globe. From Norway’s Midnight Sun Marathon, to the Bahamas Marathon in which runners pass miles of exotic coastline, there is plenty to keep you inspired. Meanwhile, in some parts of the world, a marathon event is a challenge too big for some. The Gaza marathon was cancelled this year following rules imposed by authorities in Gaza stating men and women can’t run together.

2)   Run with a Group

Training for a challenge or running for fitness doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. Having teamed up with Sport England, our Royal Caribbean Runners are groups of up to 15 people in locations around the UK who run together. Anyone can join a Royal Runners group and improve their fitness over a 9-week period. With group encouragement you’re sure to reach your goal; whether that’s to lose a few pounds, get fit or even run a marathon. You’ll meet people in your local area and beginners will get help and support from a trained leader during each run. If that’s not enough to convince you, runners get a free t-shirt, a running jacket after 9 weeks, and there’s an iPod shuffle up for grabs for anyone who starts a group of more than 10 runners. If you’re looking to get involved to keep fit then find a Royal Runners group near you or sign up to start your own group here.

3)   Music is a Motivator

We think listening to music while you run is a brilliant motivator. Create a playlist featuring songs with a steady beat to keep you on your toes. Check out our top picks from Spotify playlists below or check out Rock My Run for inspiration… http://open.spotify.com/user/1124659552/playlist/5cnaM4hxjR132auYn8mGrL Running is a great way of keeping fit and having fun on your cruise holiday – remember the treadmill isn’t your only option on board - which is why all our classes of ship feature a running track. Imagine running outside, fresh sea air in your lungs, surrounded by blue seas. Quite an image right? Take a look.  Here’s what our guests think about running on board… ‘I love doing the deck mile each day morning then I can relax knowing you have had an enormous amount of exercise and needn't do anymore!’ - Ann Robinson ‘Running round the track as the sun's coming up and the ship approaches land - Amazing!’ - Catherine Bridget Hines ‘Loved running round the outdoor track on liberty! Was even better with the sun on my back’ - Heather Mason

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What are your favourite tunes to run to? Have you set yourself a running challenge or joined a Royal Caribbean Runners group? We’d love to hear about your experiences so feel free to share your thoughts below.

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