20% Off To Marathon Runners
And that's not all- as an extra prize for crossing the finish line, Sweaty Betty will be offering all the dedicated runners of any 2014 marathon an exclusive 20% off.
Exclusive 20% Off... Runners of any marathon in 2014 will receive an exclusive 20% discount on all our beautiful lines of activewear - simply come into one of our boutiques and show us your marathon medal. More of an online shopper? Email a photo of you and your medal to Customer Care, and we'll send you a 20% discount code to use on our website. This offer is available on all Sweaty Betty workout wear from 6th - 20th April 2014.
But before the discount, comes the race! Here's a little marathon motivation...
- British runner Paula Radcliffe achieved the fastest female time of any full-distance marathon in 2003, crossing the finish line of the London Marathon at 2:15:25.
- From the beginning of their marathon training to the end of the race, the average runner will run around 880 miles, which is roughly the distance from Lands End to John O'Groats. As the largest fundraising event in the world, the London Marathon has raised over £500 million for charity since its first event in 1981.
- The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, running since 1897.
In 2012, former professional footballer Lloyd Scott completed the London Marathon wearing a diving suit weighing 59 kg. It took him a total of 6 days, achieving the world record for the slowest marathon time, and he raised more than £100,000 for charity.
- The fastest ever recorded marathon time is 2:03:23, achieved by Kenyan athlete Wilson Kipsang during the 2013 Berlin Marathon.
It's a well-known fact that runners need to stay hydrated, but how much is enough?
Research has shown that marathon runners lose between 2% and 8% of their body weight during the race, due to dehydration. A 2% loss may sound insignificant, but this small loss can cause up to a 20% drop in performance. Or put another way, that 2% can mean the difference between beating your PB...and not.
Stay well hydrated prior to the race by drinking at least 2 litres of water per day; more if training in warm conditions. On race day, however, it is equally as important not to over-hydrate as this has been shown to cause bloating and nausea, which will impair your run. A loose guide to how much you should drink is to assess approximately how many calories you burn during the 26.2 mile run, and increase your water intake by 1 litre for every 1,000 calories burned.
Water is the ideal choice to keep you hydrated for the first hour of your run. After 60 minutes of running, however, experts suggest switching to certain sports drinks containing sugar or maltodextrin (slow-release carb) to help speed recovery and provide a boost in energy, thereby reducing your race time.