If you have been granted entry to the London Marathon for 2020, you will be participating in one of the world’s most popular marathon events. Congratulations!
You will be running 26.2 miles along with some of the world’s most accomplished runners such as Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder for the fastest marathon time.
Marathons are no easy feat to accomplish, and you will need to prepare well, in order to ensure that you complete this race well, and in good health.
Here are our top three tips to help you prepare for your London Marathon 2020 entry:
1. Get Medical Advice
Running a marathon will take a significant toll on your body. This is not something to jump into without taking a good degree of caution. Before you even begin your training, you should seek advice from your GP, to be sure your body can safely handle the rigours of running a marathon.
2. Run Consistently
Runners are advised to start endurance training from at least a year prior to their marathon run. You shouldn’t just get out there and run, however. Here is an easy-to-follow guide to aid your marathon training:
- Build up your base mileage. For beginners, in particular, getting your body used to doing a certain amount and intensity of running is crucial. Base mileage is the running that you do at a moderately intense pace. It helps to build stamina as well as enhance your slow-twitch muscle fibres — the muscles most actively engaged during endurance training.
- Incorporate a periodic long run. In addition to your base mileage, going for a longer run of 20-30 miles once in 7-10 days is recommended.
- Speed training. Marathons are certainly not about speed, but some speed training will help improve your aerobic fitness and stamina.
- Rest and recovery. Adequate rest and recovery periods are necessary to allow your body enough time to replenish lost nutrients and heal any sore muscles. Intensive marathon training without sufficient rest will likely lead to injury.
3. Be in Peak Physical Condition
Stronger muscles make a better runner. The first reason why this is true is obvious — the fact that you use your muscles for running. Other than this, however, stronger muscles can also help to cushion the potentially damaging effect of repetitive impact on your joints.
Also, long-distance runners tend to lose significant amounts of muscle and fat, and if this drops below reasonable levels, your body could experience several effects, including damage to joints.
To build stronger muscles, doing good amounts of resistance training in addition to eating a healthy, protein-rich diet is strongly recommended. You can also try Sixpad’s completely innovative EMS devices.
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Running any marathon can be an exciting and rewarding experience. The London Marathon, in particular, is one of the world’s most popular and most competitive ones, and you will need to be in excellent physical condition in order to get through it safely. Hopefully, you will apply all the tips we have shared with you!
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