#AskMike: Top Five Marathon Tips
Following this week’s Marathon Master Class in our Soho, London boutique, founder of The Running School Mike Antoniades will be hosting an exclusive live Twitter takeover on Wednesday, 23rd October at 1 pm GMT / 9 AM EST.
Mike will be poised to answer all marathon training questions – for now, he’s given us his top five marathon tips.
1. Plan your training
Even if you have been running for years, you need to plan for your marathon. You won’t get across the finish line unless you make a plan and incorporate your training into your lifestyle, setting aside training time every week. It’s important that you begin training early and include strength training, recovery time, flexibility, nutrition, hydration and the right running kit.
2. Evaluate your current level of fitness
Have a clear idea of where you are now and how much training you need to get to your marathon goal. You may not realise it, but over the next few months you will be training like an elite athlete! Do a test 5k run to assess your current level of fitness. If you have any concerns about health, fitness or training, seek advice from experts.
3. Get advice on how to train
Unless you are an experienced runner, it is very hard to coach yourself. Getting a coach can help keep you motivated and get the right advice on technique & training from an experienced specialist. If it hurts every time you run, something is wrong. Poor technique can slow you down and lead to injury. Get your running technique analysed and corrected early.
4. Keep your training volume & variety in check
If you are new to marathon training, don’t try and increase the volume too quickly. If you have been running for some time, vary your training & intensity. It’s not all about the long runs. Doing the same training all the time can be boring and lead to injury. Try short speed sessions, hill runs and short races. For every day of hard training, you should have a couple of easy days.
5. Enjoy it and have fun!
Running shouldn't be a chore. It's something you do to boost your health, wellness and vitality. Let yourself enjoy it.
Got a question? Mike has the answer. Don’t forget to Tweet us your questions @sweatybetty #AskMike for Mike’s live Twitter takeover Wednesday at 1 pm.