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PBs, Training & Taking On The London Marathon

posted on Monday, 14th April 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness, Nutrition
Each year, when a sporting event as famous as the London Marathon comes around, the Sweaty Betty team are the first to put their name in the ballot; eager to get their running shoes on the start line and try to smash their personal bests.

For the 2014 Marathon, it was Clare Fraser - Assistant Manager at Sweaty Betty Walton, whose training and fitness achievements particularly caught our eye. Just 24 hours after the London Marathon, we caught up with Clare to look back at her marathon training, and find out what time she achieved on race day.


Congratulations on completing the 2014 London Marathon! How many times have you run the full 26.2 miles?
Clare: Yesterday was my fourth full marathon, and my first full distance of the year. Earlier in 2014, I ran the Dorney pace race and Surrey half marathon in Guildford. Last year, I completed the London Marathon in April, followed by the full-distance Florence event in November.

SB: So you are quite the seasoned runner then! What is your marathon personal best, and what was your time yesterday?
Clare: Before yesterday, my London PB was 3:36:25. I managed to cross the finish line more than six minutes faster during yesterday's marathon, finishing with a time of 30:30:35 - just 33 seconds slower than my overall marathon PB of 3:30:12, which I achieved in Edinburgh. I have now completed three marathons in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes - including my Florence time of 3:30:36.



SB: Take us through your marathon training schedule...
Clare: My training for yesterday's marathon began in January. During an ordinary week, I usually run around 25 miles, so for the first 8 weeks of my training, I increased my mileage to 35 per week. For weeks 9 and 10, I upped this to 45 miles, and then increased to 50+ miles for the two weeks after that, before easing into the taper (the reduction of exercise when race day draws near). During the four weeks before the taper, I completed three long distance runs of 18 miles, 20 miles and then a duration run of my intended time - 3 hours and 30 minutes, which took me to just under 25 miles.

My marathon training schedule follows the same schedule each week; lower mileage speed runs at the beginning of the week and 8-10 mile sessions on Thursdays and Fridays, then I tackle the long distances at the weekend. Even when not in training, I always run 5 days a week - and I love it!

SB: Do you do any other workouts aside from running?
Clare: I teach Tababta and Bootcamp classes five times a week, during which I spend half the time doing the class full-out, and half the time correcting posture and explaining the workouts and benefits. I also swim on my rest days, and will go cycling during the taper. I focus on runs during pre-marathon training, but now that London is over, I have switched my focus to cycling in preparation for the Windsor Triathlon on 15th June.



SB: When did you first become interested in running?
Clare: As a teenager, I was part of the Windsor, Slough and Eton run club, but I gave it up when I was 17. I got back into running about 10 years ago, beginning with a couple of triathlons before running my first half marathon in 2008, in Windsor. I have increased my competitions over the last two years to longer endurance events such as marathons.

SB: You've already mentioned the Windsor Triathlon, but what's next on your 2014 fitness schedule?
Clare: I'm currently training for a half Ironman competition, and I'm planning to run the Windsor half marathon and the full Bournemouth Marathon later in the year.


DON'T FORGET! BRING IN YOUR MARATHON MEDAL FROM ANY FULL DISTANCE EVENT IN 2014 AND RECEIVE 20% OFF ENTIRE SWEATY BETTY COLLECTION. FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO CLAIM, CLICK HERE.
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