Last Minute Marathon Training Tips
1. Eat for energy
Nutrition is as important as training. You need adequate nutrients now to optimise both your training and after the race, for your recovery. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can eat ‘what they want’ because they’re training more, which often leads to poor training, recovery and often weight gain. The fact that you are training hard probably means that you need to eat better, not just ‘more,’ to help the body recover.
2. Find a running buddy
A good running partner or social group is worth their weight in gold in those long runs when your head is telling that you’ve had enough.
3. Stretch out
The repetitive nature of long distance running will lead to muscle tightness. Stretching will help keep the system in balance and go some way towards keeping potential injuries in check. Common areas are the calves, quads and adductors. It’s tedious, but worth it.
A foam roller will work wonders for keeping muscles healthy and joints functioning optimally. Focus on the entire body, but particularly the calves, thighs and the thoracic spine (mid-back region). It will likely be uncomfortable, but it’s worth the effort!
4. Run for fun
If you’ve stuck to the training you’re good to go. Now just make sure you actually enjoy the very thing you have trained so hard for.