Do you hate the word hack? I know I do.
And sorry if you came here for some marathon training shortcuts, there aren’t any. The training really does take the 12-18 weeks that those plans outline however, these ‘hacks’ may well ease the process…
Choose a plan that fits with your life and your running style
If you don’t have time to run six times a week, then avoid the Hansen method plan. You don’t have to run everyday, infact my previous training plans have only had me running 3 times a week but were pretty hard runs. Other plans have you running less mileage but over more days- find a plan or make one that suits you.
Find a Friend
Having a training buddy or group will help keep you accountable as well as someone to chat all things running with. Long runs are more enjoyable when you have a group to go with, or at least someone to text about your early morning speed workouts.
Rotate your Shoes
There’s nothing worse than training in a pair of shoes for your entire cycle then needing to replace them just before the big day. Prolong your marathon shoe life by swapping to a different pair for your speed work and cross training workouts.
I’ll be wearing the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 for my long runs, and Vazee Breathe for my speed workouts and some tempo runs.
Figure out your Fuel
Practise your long runs with your fave pre-run breakfast and energy gels or foods. There is nothing worse than underfuelling and bonking during the run, or having something new on race day and it not agreeing with your digestive system!
Socialise while you Train
Your friends might not be down for running, but I’m sure some will join you at a yoga class or weights workout. It’s the perfect way to catch up and work on your strength or flexibility, then go for brunch/drinks after! I love doing my long runs on a weekend morning, then meeting friends for barre or Pilates. Cross-training is almost as important as your actual runs, especially if, like me, you’re dealing with some niggling injuries, do not use time as a excuse not to train!
Multitask with your Recovery
Keep a ball under your desk, a foam roller next to your sofa and a water bottle in your bag. Often post-run recovery is overlooked, or the first thing that gets thrown to the wayside when it’s vitally important for your training as a whole. Keep a tennis ball or similar under your desk to roll your feet over, and foam roll those tired muscles as you catch up on *Love Island* (*Tom is obsessed!).
New York Marathon training has officially started – what hacks would you give to newbie marathoners?