13) Stress less
Stressing out will affect your performance in a negative manner.A lot of my friends and family were very aware of the amount of stress I put on myself back in 2014. I give everything I do 110% and would get worried if I missed a run or if it wasn’t as quick as I had wanted it to be. I now realise in hindsight that stressing out would not make me run quicker. If you miss a run, let it go, focus on the next run you have on your plan and have fun.
14) Don’t kick yourself if you miss a session
As above, life gets in the way sometimes and we can’t always train when we had originally set out to. If you miss a run, don’t fret and don’t think you need to make up the miles elsewhere. Carry on with your plan and resume as normal.
15) Eat well
Eating a balanced diet will compliment your training. Think of your body like a car, giving a car the right fuel will make it work well and run efficiently. Our body is exactly the same. Give it what it needs and it will perform well. Eat a carbohydrate based meal 1 – 2 hours before a run and refuel with protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. A lot of research relies on a carbohydrate based diet for runners, but protein is also key to help build and repair muscles.
16) Stretch and rest
Recovery and stretching is just as important as the running itself. Your muscles will be worked to their maximum over the upcoming months and will take the strain. Treat them well and they’ll be kind to you. I would also advise you to book in for a regular sports massage every 4 – 6 weeks of your training. It will help to prevent injury and keep you in peak condition. Physio isn’t only for those that are injured.
17) Surround yourself with like-minded people
Training for a marathon takes up a lot of time and you have to be very committed and dedicated. If you’re new to running there may be people around you who do not appreciate this and won’t understand what you’re doing. Grow your support network and link up with others who may be running a marathon. Instagram and Twitter are great for this. Follow others who are running a marathon or even if someone is running for the same charity as you. Talk and support each other through the good and hard times. I recognise now that you shouldn’t undervalue moral support others can give to you. Feel free to follow me at @cleancoachkatie on Twitter and Instagram.
And feel free to send me a message if you are running London too.
18) Join a running club
When I last trained for a Marathon I did most of my training solo. The best piece of advice I could give you is to join a running club. Most clubs aren’t professionals and there will be runners of all ages and abilities, welcoming you with open arms. You will be able to gain free knowledge from others who have gone through the process already, have others to run with when it’s dark and cold at this time of year and build a fantastic support network around you. Joining Redway Runners in Milton Keynes was the best decision I made. I’ve formed friendships for life and these people will make this journey over the next 4 months very enjoyable. If I can’t commit to a club run, I know I have friends to run with outside of the timetable, therefore having many opportunities to train.