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Make your diet work for your marathon training programme

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Make your diet work for your marathon training programme. So you’ve got your training programme sorted; now is the time to think about your marathon training diet. It’s hard to know what will work best for you with such a wealth of contradictory information available, so here are our key ideas on how to design a diet plan to complement your programme. Remember that a good diet is all about getting a balance between the main food groups. Salads and raw vegetables are extremely important, as they lose no nutrients during preparation. Protein...

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Make sure you keep a training log

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Make sure you keep a training log Writing down what training you’ve actually done quantifies your results. Even if you think you’re keeping track of your running in your head, once its written down you can actually see what you have to focus on, as well as showing you how much you’ve improved!

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Try new types of training

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Changing the type of training you do every now and again can really benefit your overall fitness. Fartlek training involves running flat out for a while, then slowing to a jog before sprinting again. Hill running will stress your lungs and your muscles, improving your fitness in the long run. Both of these are high intensity forms of training that will really benefit you in the long run.

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Do other activities as well as running

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Do other activities as well as running Remember that running doesn’t just mean having strong legs and a good respiratory system – you need a solid core in order to keep the right running posture up for a whole 26 miles! Try to fit in a weekly fitness session incorporating press-ups, crunches, squats, burpees and reverse curls in order to get an all-round work out.

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Keep testing yourself

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Keep testing yourself By competing in shorter races as part of a training programme you are able to gauge your own fitness and progression. In booking onto this races, you are forced to put time constraints on your training, thus forcing you to train harder and meaning you’ll be race ready come marathon day!

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Focus on your pace

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Focus on your pace Learn how to judge your own speed, and try to make sure you remain consistent. By knowing what speed you should be running at, you set a target to beat. Whilst sounding quite obvious, by keeping track of your time you won’t find yourself running too fast and tiring yourself out before you’ve even reached the half-way point.

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Remember your arms

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Remember your arms Often you can get bogged down with concentrating on your feet, but remember that your arms can be just as helpful. By moving your arms forward your knees will follow, so by creating a bigger movement with your arms, your legs will move further and more quickly.

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Is backwards training the way forward?

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It might sound like something you’d do as a charity stunt, but backward running can really benefit your training. The idea originated in the early 20th century, but became popular in the 1980’s when doctors began recommending it as a form of rehabilitation for injured athletes. The concept is simple- begin by incorporating some backward running into your warm up and cool down, and then gradually increase the time spent running backward. Make sure you are choosing a proper training ground to avoid injury; running backwards down the street will...

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Think about your feet!

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Some useful running tips to remember during your training of the Leicester marathon… Think about your feet Try to make sure that heel strikes the ground first, instead of the ball or side of your foot. If you hit the ground with the wrong part of your foot, injuries such as shin splints, runner’s knee or back pain can be caused, hindering your running progress. Visiting a podiatrist, coach, or even staff in a specialised running shop will give you tips on changing your running style to prevent these injuries....

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