Not Long Now!

Winter Run

As a follow up to the “dreaded 26.2 miles”, this is a gentle reminder to those who have a place at the start line of the Virgin London Marathon 2013. At the time of writing you have exactly 95 days till you have to set off on your own personal battle against the clock/distance. Doesn’t sound like a lot does it? Do not fear, if you put in the training right now you still have time. It is over the next 12 weeks where the bulk of your training has to take place. So what should you be doing?

The obvious answer is simply running. Lots of it. As per the last article you should have at least one long run and one tempo run in your weekly mileage. Keep your running progressive – at this point in time you need to start pushing yourself to run further and faster. Your base training will have given you a decent aerobic base and it is over the next months where you take that basic fitness and make yourself into a lean, sleek speed machine.

I woke up this morning to find that my room had turned into a freezer overnight. I dared not get out of bed for fear of my feet sticking to the frosty floor. Sir Ranulph Fiennes wouldn’t have ventured out. That might be a slight exaggeration but you get the point – it is bloody cold at the moment. This can present various issues to those (me) without a gym membership who have to run outside. Not only is it dark but the arctic weather presents a substantial deterrent to running outdoors. Unfortunately there is not much that I can say about this except for get some good clothing and stop being a sissy. Just remember the saying, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. So get yourself a warm running top, some warm socks and tights, then try not to overthink the cold.

Finally, now that your legs are reasonably strong, it is definitely worth considering adding a strength training session to your weekly schedule. You should already be doing core strengthening work on a regular basis (as per previous advice) but getting yourself to the gym once a week for some squats and lunges will improve your running significantly. This increased strength will help endurance and should not detract too much from your running. Seriously…its worth it. PLUS you get to stay warm. If you have never done squats or leg weights before then either get yourself a strength and conditioning trainer like or stick to the machines. I would advise using free weights as they are more beneficial than the machines. Either way, get some strength training done.

So pray for some crisp sunny winter days rather than the ubiquitous overcast drizzle that the UK is destined to throw at you. And get running and lifting. The most important thing is that you get on with it. Not long now.

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