ABOVE ALL, STAY HEALTHY

Fol­low th­ese best prac­tices to en­sure you reach the start­ing line

Runner's World (UK) - - Coach / Training -

Since he be­gan coach­ing marathon­ers in the 1970s, coach Jeff Gal­loway has maintained on­go­ing con­tact with run­ners; through the years, he’s talked with more than 400,000, he says. His sur­veys show that only about five per cent (!) of first-time marathon­ers who be­gin train­ing to go 26.2 miles ac­tu­ally cross the fin­ish line that sea­son. Some get too busy, others burn out – and many fall vic­tim to in­juries. ‘If you talk to sea­soned run­ners and ask what they’d do dif­fer­ently, they al­most al­ways say, “I should have put more ef­fort into tak­ing care of my body”,’ says ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Greg Mcmil­lan. For­tu­nately, ex­pe­ri­enced coaches and ex­er­cise sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied key be­hav­iours that keep ath­letes strong and healthy as they prep for the marathon. Build the fol­low­ing habits into your rou­tine from the be­gin­ning.

MANCH­ESTER Race day April 2 Start train­ing De­cem­ber 12

BRIGHTON Race day April 9 Start train­ing De­cem­ber 19

LON­DON Race day April 23 Start train­ing De­cem­ber 26

ED­IN­BURGH Race day May 28 Start train­ing Jan­uary 30

LIVER­POOL Race day May 28 Start train­ing Jan­uary 30

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