The London Marathon is one of the most popular races on the planet for over thirty years. Thousands of runners take to the streets of the great city each year in order to push themselves to the limit to complete a marathon. If you are ready to take on the challenge of a lifetime, there are a few training tips to consider when preparing.
When training for a marathon, you will be running, a lot. A great way to keep yourself from getting burned out is by running on local hiking trails. Due to the physical nature of the trails, running on them can be a challenge, but there is no better way to train than by lacing up your Nike’s and heading outdoors! In addition to getting a great workout in, you’ll also be taking in the sights and sounds of nature, the perfect way to change up your training. A word of caution, in addition to the physical nature of the trail, be sure to be on the lookout for other runners and hikers, as well as any wildlife that may be on the trails. You may want to run trails without focusing on time, and be sure to take a cell phone with you incase you need to contact someone in the event of an emergency.
While trail running is a great way to switch up your training, you shouldn’t expect to do it every day. You should be focused on getting a feel for running on the road. The London Marathon won’t be taking you through any wooded areas, so treat trail running as a reward for all of the hard weeks you’ll be putting in on the roads and treadmills. It will be a great way to challenge you while keeping your routine fresh.
The London Marathon, and any marathon, is going to challenge you in ways you haven’t even considered possible. With good training, on both trails and streets, though, you’ll be able to handle the course with ease.