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Marathon training is tough, it’s a physical slog and a mental challenge. In this article I will hope to give you some vital tips to navigate your way through the next few months.


Pick a sensible and consistent programme
Pick a training programme/schedule that works for you. We all have busy lives for various reasons but it is vital a consistent and realistic programme is in place. Generally running 3-4 times a week is the best routine. Try to make sure you have balance within your schedule and include work, family, social commitments. There are many sites that will write a plan for you, runners world are a great option.


Gradual and progressive loading for the WIN!
Have variety in your running, not all the running you complete should be hard. One long run per week is usually sufficient, combined with a mixture of effort runs, hill work and intervals this should help maintain interest and help load for an endurance event.


Don’t let a niggle put you in a pickle!!
Deal with pain early – if you get a niggle its best not to leave it, it may not be stopping you from running now but if not dealt with it can hinder training. Seek guidance from a physio and take their advise. With good guidance you will be back training pain free in no time.



Get marathon strong!!
Strength training is a very important part of any training programme, it is great for injury prevention and enhancing performance. I find a simple 3 runs a week with 2 strength and conditioning sessions works well. The S&C session can work also to maintain strength and flexibility throughout your training.


Support and routes
Pounding the pavements can become a lonely slog, try to find others that are training or join a running group. Local groups include Liss runners .

It is also an opportunity to try some new routes and explore new areas. Increased distances means new places to find!

Have a look at a plan set by the running physio Tom Goom below.

Marathon Training Tips

The key points are – gradually build up a baseline, think about your training schedule and deal with any injuries. Don’t forget to smile and enjoy what is a great challenge!!!!

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