Centres
Book Online
Buy a Membership

 

How to prep for race day – The London Marathon

on in Hints & Tips

It’s that time of year again, you have seen people running on the treadmills for hours and running in the streets at all times of the day and night, it’s time for the London Marathon.

I caught up with our resident Marathon man & Gymspace Supervisor Kyle Stephens to ask for his top tips for anyone running the London Marathon this Sunday, here is what he said:

Ok, so from my 7 marathons here are my top tips...

When I’ve got to Marathon week, my last run is usually on the Thursday, a nice 6 miles/10k and then that’s it. Then its feet up and rest!

If I was going to have a sports massage, I would do that 2 days before the run but I would make sure the therapist knew I was running on Sunday to make sure my legs were recovered.

Beetroot Juice!! I swear by A little sport shot called 'Beat-It Juice' - beetroot juice widens up the capillaries and allows more oxygen in! The nitrate in the juice mixes with your saliva to produce Nitrite... Nitrite plays a great part in cardiovascular health! I swear by it and drink shed loads in the days leading up to the marathon because it works within hours! But be warned it turns everything red (I mean everything- Yuk)

A big tip to all runners is to not get carried away with the crowd and start off too fast... It’s so easy on the day, emotions run high, adrenaline kicks in and before you know it you are running faster than your race pace- meaning you will not finish strong because you have used too much energy at the beginning. The best thing to do is start slow- laugh in your head at the people running past you and remember you will be the one running past them later!

Don’t just drink the Sports drinks provided. Drink water too- I always run the whole thing with a bottle of water in one hand and sports drink in the other- Never gulp! Always sip!!

Don’t try anything new on race day! Race day is not the day to be trying anything new!!

Shock Horror - even as a personal trainer I would be adding salt to my food right now, in the pans with the veg, potatoes, on my dinner everywhere - it’s an electrolyte and the electrolytes are going to be depleted through the marathon and cause CRAMPS!! This has helped me in the past (I’ve also run with a money bag of salt and kept putting it into my mouth before and throughout the race).

Bananas - Also great for trying to keep the Cramps away – it’s the potassium in them that helps.

And finally, unfortunately, I want to say it’s very normal - its 7am on race day, what’s just happened in the toilet is called runners trots and 22,000 other people are panicking about the colour too! It’s completely normal.

Now all that there is left to say is:

The training is all over, you have done everything you can to prepare yourself, there’s only one thing left to do- and that is - ENJOY it!

promo 242x123

safeguarding

Parking

Sportspace Athletics Track
Sportspace Berkhamsted
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead
Sportspace Kings Langley
Sportspace Longdean
Sportspace Tring
Little Hay Golf Complex
XC

Sportspace Berkhamsted

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 6.15am 10.00pm
Tuesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Wednesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Thursday 6.15am 10.00pm
Friday 6.15am 9.00pm
Saturday 8.00am 8.00pm
Sunday 8.00am 9.15pm

 

*Gym opening times differ, please click for more information.

Sportspace Athletics Track

Centre Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 2.00pm 6.30pm
Wednesday 2.00pm 9.00pm
Thursday 2.00pm 6.30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10.00am 2.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 2.00pm

Sportspace Hemel Hempstead

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 6.15am 10.00pm
Tuesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Wednesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Thursday 6.15am 10.00pm
Friday 6.15am 10.00pm
Saturday 8.00am 8.00pm
Sunday 8.00am 10.00pm

 

Sportspace Hemel Hempstead is open from 9am-10pm on bank holiday Mondays.

 

*Gym opening times differ, please click for more information.

Sportspace Kings Langley

The Sportspace Kings Langley team operates various classes and courses for all ages in local venues. Please note that these classes are not included in the Gymspace Direct Debit Membership.

 

For more information, please call 01442 507100.

Sportspace Longdean

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Wednesday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Thursday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Friday 4.00pm 10.00pm
Saturday 9.00am 2.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 9.00pm

 

Please note Sportspace Longdean is closed on Bank Holidays.

 

*Gym Opening Times

Sportspace Tring

Centre Opening Times

Monday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Tuesday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Wednesday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Thursday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Friday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 9.15pm
Saturday 9.00am 8.15pm
Sunday 9.00am 9.30pm

Little Hay Golf Complex

Opening Times

Summer Weekdays 7.00am 9.00pm
Summer Weekends 7.00am 8.00pm
Winter Weekdays 7.00am 6.00pm
Winter Weekends 7.00am 6.00pm

XC

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 10.00am 10.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am 10.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am 10.00pm
Thursday 10.00am 10.00pm
Friday 10.00am 10.00pm
Saturday 10.00am 10.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 10.00pm

 

*Please call reception on 01442 507100 for the specific opening times of each activity.