MARATHON FIT­NESS

This 12-week train­ing plan will help you pre­pare fully for your next 26-miler

Trail Running (UK) - - Contents -

If you’ve signed up for a big race in 2019 and are wor­ried about how to pre­pare, this train­ing sched­ule will sort you out

It’s about this time of year many of us find out whether we’re in next spring’s Lon­don Marathon, or not. Agreed, it’s not a trail race but as off-road run­ning afi­ciona­dos you’ll al­ready know you have an ar­moury of se­cret weapons in your arse­nal com­pared to those less-well-in­formed run­ners who favour sim­ple Tar­mac for all of their train­ing.

Strength, en­durance, power, mo­bil­ity and a greater sense of achieve­ment are just a few of the ad­van­tages trail run­ning pro­vides, so it’ll be no sur­prise to hear that the best run­ners in the world use it to pro­vide that all-im­por­tant base. In­deed, as you’ll have read else­where, great run­ners like Euro­pean 5000m sil­ver medal­ist Eil­ish McCol­gan (page 66) never ac­tu­ally run on the road, such is their love and be­lief in all things off-road.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a plan, so here we have struc­ture and con­sis­tency from which you can build strength and con­fi­dence. Oh, and a bit of speed to en­sure next spring is one to re­mem­ber. Good luck!

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