With less than 40 days to go until the Chicago Marathon, it’s all beginning to feel very real. In the next few weeks I am doing my best to get to the starting line in tip top shape and ready to run. Here’s my advice to you (and myself) to get fully marathon ready with 6 weeks to go:
- Stretching & foam rolling. I’m making sure to stretch and ice my legs like crazy after my runs, plus multitasking when I’m watching TV by foam rolling and icing.
- Address any niggling injuries or strains. I’m taking advantage of the physio at work to iron out my knee issues. It’s nothing super serious, just a very tight ITB! I’ve also been getting my knee treated with acupuncture whilst I’m there for migraine attention.
- Iron out any knots with a sports massage. These have been key in my past three marathons to get the knots out of my tired legs. I know that previously I’ve had really tight hip flexors and IT bands, however this cycle I’m also struggling with tight calves. I booked a session last week at ML Chiropractic in Fulham for a massage and it highlighted how in need I was of some attention to my muscles. I was beginning to get a little discomfort in my shins and discussed this with my therapist, Ashlyn, who worked some magic. I appreciated the extra 10 minutes that Ashlyn took to talk through my training, and previous injuries before my 30 minute session. Plus, although sports massages aren’t exactly enjoyable, I found this experience fairly relaxing. The next run after my massage was one of the best speed workouts of the whole training cycle! I’ve booked in another 3 sports massages in the coming weeks to ensure my legs are in top condition for 11th October.
Yes this was a really awkward photo to get.
- Make every run count. When you take into consideration a 2 week taper, there are only actually 3 and a half weeks of proper training left. I’m ensuring that I’m working hard during each and every run, nailing my paces and using each run for it’s intended purpose, whether that’s speed work, a long run or a shake out run.
- Get lots of sleep. Sleep is so crucial to help our bodies recover, recuperate and repair. I’m trying to get into bed by 10.15 and asleep by 10.30pm to get a decent 8 hours sleep a night. Marathon training can be exhausting!
- Eat well. Fuelling properly before, during and after runs is really important for successful training. I make sure to bring healthy snacks with me in my bag for emergencies, as well as elevenses and tea time snacks- I am a grazer!
- Don’t overdo it. Now is not the time to sign up for a Tough Mudder, try a Judo class or add in some hardcore weights into your routine. Stick to your plan, rest plenty and don’t try to do too much!
Plus I’m planning our trip to Chicago, including where we’re going to eat before the marathon, what I want to buy at the expo and what my post-run treat will be! Have you been to Chicago? Any tips on must do’s, places to eat or things to see? Would love some advice!
This post is sponsored by ML Chiropractic, tight muscles are all my own!