The Brighton Half Marathon
Sunday February 28th 2016
Last Sunday Paul (he’s the one in the red shirt) ran the Brighton half marathon. It was his first half-marathon and his first serious running event!
Paul is a keen cyclist but he had never done any distance running before. Well not since he was at school! He was not at all sure he could do it.
But with heaps of determination, plus a little guidance and support from myself, he did it! What an amazing feeling when he crossed the finish line!
13 miles in 2 hours 18 minutes. Wow!
How did he manage it?
How do you move from occasional casual running to completing a marathon?!
Well, here are 3 things that Paul paid attention to:
1. Nutrition and Hydration
- During the run take energy gels to keep your energy levels high
- Have a good breakfast to give you slow-release energy. Porridge is ideal
- Hydration – drink lots, before and during the run
2. Body temperature
Maintain an even body temperature. Race day was very cold, so Paul wore lots of layers until the start of the race to keep his body warm. The layers could be removed as his body warmed up during the race.
3. Steady does it!
- Take it steady for the first half of the race. Then speed up if you are able to.
It’s tempting to go full pelt from the off, but that can lead to burnout. Pace yourself for the first half and only speed up if you have the energy to do so. That way you don’t drain your energy levels.
Time to Celebrate!
Paul was absolutely thrilled to complete the half marathon in a great time (just over 2 and a quarter hours) with no significant after-effects. Just seriously aching legs!
Paul rewarded himself with a nice lunch and a couple of glasses of his favourite tipple! Very well-deserved.
If you would like to follow in Paul’s footsteps and run a half-marathon in a fab time without suffering injury or burnout, get in touch.
I would love to help you!
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