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Running & Marathon Training

Running is an extremely effective form of cardio and it helps our clients to lose weight and keep it off. Our focus is on delivering individually tailored running programs that cater specifically to your goals and physical condition, whether you are a seasoned competition runner or a complete beginner.

Furthermore, we add excellent body-weight workouts and interval training, to help you to tone-up and improve your muscular strength. This will not only add variety and new challenges to your workouts, but it will help strengthen your legs, so to improve your running and to further alleviate the risk of injury.

Our personal trainers provide the motivation, education and support to enable individuals of all levels to achieve and exceed their personal running goals. We teach our clients how to best prepare, warm-up and subsequently warm-down and stretch, before and after running. The sessions can take outdoors in a park of your choice and at times in the week that suits your schedule.

Half Marathon Training

  • When signing up to run a half marathon, you will need to be prepared to cover 13.1 miles. It is very important to start training for this event well in advance, and if you do go on to completing a full marathon to train twice as hard. When signing up with one of our Personal Trainers, they will specialise in specific training for you to complete the event. Just to be clear, this doesn’t mean that we will be running for 60 minutes each session. We believe this is not the best use of your time or your trainers time. They will focus on improving your cardio, all over body strength including core, and running technique. We will expect you to schedule your runs outside of sessions..
  • It is very important to focus on other aspects other than running. For example your core strength. This training alines your hips, pelvis, lower back, and abs, making sure that they all work in sync. Keeping your core tight ensures that your torso doesn’t move too much and keeps you from deflecting energy, so therefore, you will run faster.  
  • Your Personal Trainer will also spend time focusing on conditioning work and will implement a lot of stretching within the program. This will ensure there is a reduced risk of obtaining an injury. It will also help with flexibility and will increase your range of movement (ROM). This, in turn, will lengthen your stride which will improve your running.

Marathon Training

  • If you want to train for the full event you will run for 26.2 miles. This will require even more training than the half marathon. However, the same training principles will apply, but you will have to train for longer prior to the event and harder. Having a focus will implement a lot of drive and determination.
  • The difference between running a half marathon and a full marathon is that throughout the half marathon your body has enough glycogen stored to use as energy. However, in the full marathon, your body has to use fat to utilise and gain energy. Therefore, within your marathon training, you will need to participate in long, long runs to put your body in a state where your body has to utilize fat.

Key Considerations as part of your Marathon Training:

It is imperative to focus on creating workouts to strengthen your core, which will in turn improve your running posture, and also to work on your flexibility to lengthen your running stride. Both will considerably improve your running

Meal plans and nutritional care is, needless to say, imperative. A heavy breakfast full of good carbs, proteins and healthy fats (porridge, eggs, nuts, fruit, avocado etc.) is the best way to start the day.

Aim to do 2 runs in the week. A medium distance run (say around 6 miles) on midweek evening and a long-run (over 10 miles) on a weekend morning. Track your times and analyse your progress. You need to be building up the distances of your long-run slowly and aim to do your longest run of, ideally around 20 miles, a month before your scheduled marathon.

Allow time to recover and rest in the week also, without being completely idle. Active recovery such a long walks, light swimming, brisk cycling, etc. is required.

MotivatePT’s Ultimate Guide to Marathon Training:

For more in-depth information on how to train and how best to prepare for your marathon, view our Ultimate Guide to Marathon Training.

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