Running Up to the London Marathon

runnin2For many people living in London, running for the bus is a daunting prospect, let alone the 42.195 kilometres that make up the annual London Marathon. For many people running is something to be avoided at all costs, and the Marathon is much easier to watch on TV than to partake in. Even then, watching all those sweaty, struggling runners can for many people bring back painful memories of the dreaded cross-country run in P.E.

But what often gets forgotten is that the Marathon can be run by anyone and everyone – with enough preparation, training and willpower you can finish the Marathon in good time. Or, if you’re not used to running long-distance, simply finishing the Marathon is in itself an impressive feat. The next Marathon is scheduled for 33 April 2013 – plenty of time to get yourself used to long-distance running. A couple of useful things to get you started:

Diet: First things first. If you’re eating badly, chances are your body will cope badly when you start your training regime. Studies have found that breakfast is key! It doesn’t have to be all raisins and muesli either. I’m not saying fry everything in your fridge, but a glass of orange juice, a couple of boiled eggs and a bit of toast will see you right. For snacks, think nuts, fruit, anything filling that will slowly release energy throughout the day instead of give you a quick fix that only keeps hunger at bay for an hour or so.

runninAsk for help: If you’re not used to running regularly, it’s worth checking up to make sure you’re doing it right. Stretches and breathing are important; if you do these wrong you could be doing more harm than good. I would suggest checking out physiotherapy in London. There are various clinics and centres who can offer personal advice and one-on-one training in the run up to the Marathon, and these trainers can give you skills and knowledge that will last you a lifetime.

Little and often: It’s important to make time for your training. Doing nothing throughout the week then one big jog on a weekend won’t be very helpful. This is why you need to work your training around your schedule, no matter how busy it is. Get up at 5:00am if you have to! Do a jog around your local area before or after work to keep your health up, then at the weekend do a longer run to practise your endurance.

Hopefully these tips will help you in your preparation for the London Marathon. Whether you’re a full-time parent, unemployed or simply trying something new, I can guarantee that it’ll do you good. So don your headbands, trainers and inappropriately short shorts, and get out there!