How to launch your TCS London Marathon training
If you’re new to marathons, the weeks of training that build up to your 26.2-mile challenge may seem daunting – but they needn't feel that way. Read on to find out how to help your TCS London Marathon training go as smoothly as possible.
Before you begin your marathon training, we recommend visiting your doctor for a once-over – this is particularly important if you’re a smoker, ex-smoker, are overweight, or have a history of heart disease in your family.
Once your doctor’s given you the go ahead, it’s important not to overdo things – so avoid training too hard and too fast in the first few days. Jumping straight into a rigorous routine is a common cause of injuries and muscles.
A great way to prepare for your training is to spend 30 minutes walking or jogging, four times a week. When you feel comfortable with this, start setting yourself distance or time goals to work towards – for example, running for a mile without stopping, or running at the same pace for 20 minutes.
Once you’ve done a few weeks of steady running, you should be ready to start our beginner’s training plan...
Following a gentle start, your training routine should develop at a natural, healthy pace. If you’re finding it hard to train alone, consider teaming up with other runners in your area – you’ll benefit from the added support and motivation they can offer, especially on chilly mornings and dark winter evenings!
If you feel any niggles come on during training, be sure to tackle them early before they potentially become serious – take time to rest and recover and see a specialist if necessary.