British champion Lily Partridge’s top five pointers
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.