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Your ultimate 2018 running guide

Alison Senti

For many women, ‘running’ is intimidating – something only done by the fittest of the fit.

But it’s a fantastic and flexible way to get fit, make friends and discover your city. One way to get into running is to reach out and find yourself a fitness tribe; a group of people who can encourage you, mentor you and importantly, keep you accountable.

If your 2018 resolutions are running focused, you needn’t look far. Luckily Canberra is blessed with a great number of running and fitness groups that can help you stick to your plans, get results and provide an enjoyable journey along the way.

There are some great social clubs, like the Realm Running Group, Females in Training (FIT), Parkrun at various locations throughout Canberra, local athletics clubs, 180 Running and plenty of other options. You might also like to check out Running Mums Australia.

One of the most popular is the YMCA Runners Club of Canberra (formerly the ACT Cross Country Club). With about 1,000 members ranging from new runners through to veterans, you’ll find camaraderie and support – and there are training groups to make sure you’re prepared. The 5km Training Group is aimed at beginners who may not have run before or who are coming back after a long break, and the Women and Girls’ Jogalong is held on the first Sunday of every month – with the February event marking the 40th anniversary of the Jogalong!

The YCRC Half Marathon Training Group is sure to help you complete the challenge of your first half marathon, or set a new PB. Fees include a 12-week program, entry into the Weston Creek Half Marathon and the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon, mentoring and advice from running veterans, a YCRC training shirt, and a pre-race dinner with the group for that all important carb loading.

Being part of a running group is such a great experience. It’s a lot easier getting up early in the morning when there’s the assurance of friendly faces and there’s the added motivation of people who will know if you don’t show up. The advice that you get from experienced runners is invaluable, and many of the YCRC team have numerous half marathons and marathons under their belts.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people, start your day with that glorious endorphin high and make some serious progress towards achieving a new challenge – so make sure you get on board!

Dates for your Canberra running diary

February Womens & Girls’ Jogalong

Saturday 14 April – Australian Running Festival – 5km and 10km run

Sunday 15 April – Australian Running Festival – 21km Half Marathon, 42km Marathon,  50km Ultra Marathon

Sunday 13 May – Mother’s Day Classic – 5km run or walk and a 10km run

Sunday 27 May –  YMCA Canberra Half Marathon – 21.1km half marathon

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Alison Senti

Alison Senti is a child-rearing, part-time working, globe-travelling, gourmet-gutsing, marathon-running, shoe 'collecting' second generation Canberran who likes to take life by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shake. Most of her stories on Her Canberra are selfishly of interest to her personally! More about the Author