Now the new ballots are in and lots of people are now eagerly awaiting the results of who’s in London Marathon 2018!
Ben Hope, Shauns Personal Trainer throughout his training has some good advise for anyone who is hoping to run the London Marathon next year.
“Once you have confirmation of your place within the marathon, the next step is to Prepare, Plan and Practice! Start preparing a schedule for your mileage. Plan the runs so that your mileage can be achieved. Start with low mileage and build it up gradually with the final target practice distance approximately one month before the day. Try to aim for at least 24 miles at this point and keep this as your longest distance. Once this stage is reached, lower your mileage but keep running until at least a week before the event. Start then to decrease your training and focus more on keeping flexible. Sudden increases or unrealistic targets will ultimately end in injury and cause sever delay within your training programme.
Plan for 3 runs per week (one long run) and then twice a week completing a strength and conditioning programme to help build strength within your upper and lower body, your body will need as much help as possible to complete the 26.2 miles! Remember your rest days as well! It is important that your body has time to recover in between training, 2 days a week, which ever days suit as long as they are not together.
Remember your nutrition! Try to pick foods that are low GI if possible as these will fuel you for longer and help you from feeling fatigued. Jelly babies are a great way to boost energy when you are out on a long run! And remember to always keep hydrated!”