So you got into London marathon or maybe you decided to run Brighton or Paris marathon next year.

You may have been running for a while but it’s the first time you are stepping up the distance.

What should you do?

You may have had a look at some training plans, most marathon training plans are 16 weeks. If it is your first marathon even if you have been running for a while, you should go with a beginners marathon training plan that focuses more on building up spending time on your legs and increasing distance than speed/intervals etc.

Complete newbies to running should start with a Couch to 5 k plan and slowly increase their weekly running mileage. Once the 5k distance has been reached training up to 10k can be your next goal. Don’t look at the overall distance you will have to run in 7months time, take it one goal at a time.

Plan Ahead

If you have run a or several marathon(s) prior then chose a plan that fits your goal but also your lifestyle, there’s no point in choosing a plan which required you to run 6 times per week when family and/or work allow you to 4 or 5 runs a week, So to avoid frustration and plan ahead.

Until the actual marathon training kicks in at the end of the year, make sure you can easily run the distance on which your training plan starts (often between 8-10 miles).

Also, if your plan requires you to run 5 times per week, make sure you increase your weekly runs so that you’re not too far off this target, if you are increasing your weekly runs and therefore mileage too quickly, you will be more prone to injury.

Now is also a good time to get your running technique checked out by a running coach and to gain some running specific strength, during marathon training you will want to maintain that strength.

I offer a number of different services and packages:

  • Running technique evaluation, Mobility and strength assessments
  • 1:1 Running specific Personal Training Sessions
  • Training plans
  • Online coaching (running and strength)