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