Let me introduce Susan (hers and my legs above) one of my clients who has decided to run the London marathon! Great. You can also see Susan shaking around on one of my vibration platforms on my home page (ironically after that photo shoot we discovered that the platform was Susan least favorite piece of equipment :0( ).
Susan and a group of work colleagues have secured places in the 2011 London Marathon and will be running it in support of the charity Shelter. We have over 20 weeks to get cracking on her training, keep her injury free, motivated and well fed!
I will be blogging her progress every step of the way which should be interesting as it is never easy, always a roller coaster, often dramatic, sometimes scary but always unbelievably rewarding for me and my client.
Get ready for chapped nipples, blisters, chronic stitch, 10 mile elation, black toenails, bad tempers, training highs, “why did I think this was a good idea” moments, 20 mile elation, tight calf muscles and much more. Knowing Susan you should also expect, immaculate nails, glamorous ear warmers, reserved bad language and one hell of a lot of determination.
The very first step for any one who would like to train for a marathon is to get your running fitness levels to a suitable standard ready for the beginning of your 20 week programme.
The best way to do this is to reach a point where you can run approximately 20 miles a week for 4 weeks prior to your big 20 weeker programme.
It is worth almost immediately thinking about your nutrition, like what is going to work well for you in terms of timing, quantity and content. The basic rule of thumb is to replace what you have used up during your run in preparation for your next one and eat from a lean, clean, fresh well-balanced selection. How marathon runners go about this is very personal and takes some time and effort to work out what is best for you.
This article below sums it all up nicely.
So keep your eyes peeled as Susan’s training story un folds as I expect it will be fun, interesting and informative…
Good luck Susan and keep on running.