It’s only four weeks until the London Marathon, and I’m that sure many of you will have your preparations well underway and will be clocking up the mileage as we speak. By now you may have months and months of preparation under your belt, for what will be another monumental event in 2014, so it is important to maximise this final phase of preparation. Whether you’re a marathon virgin or a seasoned professional looking to add an extra edge to your performance; here are my top 5 marathon preparation tips to make sure that you make it to the start line in top shape!
You should be wearing footwear that is both lightweight and supportive. The best brands for specialist running shoes are Asics, Mizuno and New Balance. Make sure you get a few weeks of training (or at least 10 miles) in your shoes before race day to “wear them in.” When it comes to socks go for breathable and specialist running socks such as @compresssportUk. Our main aim with footwear is comfort and avoiding blisters.
Around four weeks prior to the marathon you should be aiming to race. Enter yourself for a half marathon, not only will this provide you with a strong mental boost but it will be great for your training too. Aim to run the half marathon slightly quicker than marathon pace.
You should plan your longest run (up to 26 miles) around four weeks prior to the marathon. Aim to run the first 20 miles easily and with just 6 miles to go try to up your pace. This will teach you how to dig deep when you are feeling fatigued.
Never refuel with water, you should be consuming a sports drink during your training that combines carbohydrates for fuel and electrolytes to replace lost salt through sweating. If you are on a budget, you can make this at home using simple orange squash and a pinch of salt.
Avoid last minute marathon panic of trying to cram in extra mileage prior to race day this will only hinder your performance. The aim is to taper your training in the last few weeks by reducing your mileage so that you feel fresh on the day.
Keep your eyes peeled for my tips on race day preparation and check out my pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/thepodiumeffect for some delicious gluten-free meal ideas to spice up your training plan and boost your immune system.