We are 11 weeks out from the marathon! How is training going? This month we will talk about trainers, what to do about those niggles that are popping up, eating healthily and motivation tips for training. And we have a special offer for our clients running the Virgin London Marathon...
The type of shoes you are choosing to do your training in should be the same shoes you plan to run your marathon in.
Once you have determined the type of trainers that work for you, it is wise to purchase two pairs and alternate training in them.
A few weeks out from the marathon, choose the more comfortable of the two and plan to run in those.
A month into your training, you are most likely feeling little niggles here and there. Here are some steps to try and handle these on your own:
Look at your trainers (see section above)
Warm-up and cool down. If you have not implemented a proper warm-up and cool down it’s time to start! As you increase the miles your muscles need proper pre and post stretching to ensure they recover properly and are not overstrained. A combination of foam rolling and stretching is key (see our VLM newsletter #1)
Recovery meals/snacks. After your run, it is important to refuel the body with protein. Protein will help the muscles recover properly before your next run. For specific nutritional information you should contact a registered dietician.
If you have checked off each of the above points, it may be time to have the “niggle” assessed before it turns into a more serious injury.
Have a niggle assessed if:
It gets worse when running
It continues after 24 hours of rest
If SHARP is present
It alters your gait when running
It keeps you awake at night
While training for a marathon is a grueling process, it is important to take care of yourself outside of training.
Start off by ensuring you are getting the proper amount of sleep, staying hydrated and eating healthily.
A balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals will help to keep the immune system strong and fight off the common cold this winter.
Remember not to use your training as a method of weight loss. You are training for a fitness event and your body needs the proper fuel to guarantee proper recovery; this is not the time to reduce your calories.
Be smart about your food choices; think of filling your body with quality food sources so you can get quality training in return.
Although we are finally starting to see more daylight hours, it’s no secret that it can be difficult to find the time to get your runs in; not to mention get outside in the cold weather!
Here are some tips to help keep your motivation up: