With the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon just a week away my attention turns from training to kit. After my race rehearsal last week I’ve been checking I have everything I need for race day.
You’ve put in the miles. You’ve avoided injury. You’re in your taper. Your training has set you up for a PB performance. And it all starts to unravel on race day morning. With my first marathon only 2 weeks away, today I had a dress rehearsal.
Thirteen weeks ago I started training for my first marathon. I’ve pushed myself more than ever, setting both personal firsts and bests. This weekend sees my training peak and embark on my first proper taper.
Winter has been kind to me. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the first day of Spring. My hardest marathon training session so far was strangely satisfying.
Marathon training is hard for non-runners to comprehend. Even harder when you say you’re disappointed because you ran too fast.
Back in January I was asked to get involved as an #extramile ambassador. As a thank you they invited me, and my fellow ambassadors, to a marathon training day led by top coach and Marathon Talk host, Martin Yelling. It was a great day so I’d like to share the key hints, tips and advice to help with your own marathon training.
Marathon training is tough. There’s the increase in mileage, the test of mental toughness, not to mention the dilemma of choosing your race fuel, so it can be easy to forget about hydration. But after reading this post you’ll have no excuse!
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As ever when you’re training for a running event, the weekend is all about the Long Slow Run. Only after I started training for the London Marathon and doing the lab test did I realise that I’ve never run the LSR slow enough! With the distances required for the marathon I’ve had to discipline myself to keep it steady. Today was due to be my longest ever run but it didn’t quite go as I expected.
As part of my London Marathon training plan my coach wanted me to find an early half marathon to really test myself and help inform the rest of my training. I chose the Watford Half, 12 weeks before the London Marathon, and it definitely turned out to be a test!