Bri­tish cham­pion Lily Par­tridge’s top five point­ers

Athletics Weekly - - Expert Advice -

1. Don’t fo­cus on the race.

It’s counter-in­tu­itive be­cause you won’t be able to for­get about it but try and fo­cus on one week at a time and mak­ing sure that you are be­ing as con­sis­tent as you can ev­ery week. If that means tak­ing a few eas­ier days or cross train­ing to be able to do those long runs prop­erly, then do it.

2. Don’t get caught up on dis­tance.

If you miss a long run or can’t go as far as of­ten as you’d like then take con­fi­dence from what you have done and just en­joy the process of get­ting fit and the rest will come to you.

3. Eat. Don’t diet.

Fuel your train­ing and make sure you’re eat­ing good qual­ity meals, es­pe­cially in the 24 hours be­fore you have a harder or longer ef­fort dur­ing train­ing – it helps mas­sively!

4. Buy two pairs of good qual­ity run­ning shoes

(one of which you’ll run the race in) and stick to them; don’t be dis­tracted by mar­ket­ing!

5. Run on a range of sur­faces and at dif­fer­ent speeds.

Use the op­por­tu­nity of need­ing to up your run­ning to ex­per­i­ment with ter­rain and pace. It’ll keep you from get­ting stag­nated and will help build all-round strength and fit­ness.

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