How to prep for race day – The London Marathon
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!