The Half Marathon is the first major running event of the year in Brighton. I’ve entered it for the last 5 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Running with so many other people is great fun. Unfortunately, this year despite having a place I won’t be running due to injury (I won’t bore you with the details but may write another post about how to avoid Patellar Tendinopathy AKA Jumpers Knee). I will however come down to watch as a spectator and cheer on some of my clients and the other competitors.
Anyway by now you’ll be thinking what’s he on about? Well, the reason for this post is to give tips and advice on training for the Brighton Half Marathon:
- Follow a training plan – You should be following a plan that fits in with your time goals, availability to train and level of ability. If this is your 1st half marathon (and you have not done a 10k) I would suggest seeking the advice of a running coach like me.
- Know your pace – Pacing is very important in any race and gets more important as the distance increases. You should be working out your pace in training and testing it. This can only really be gauged by wearing a running watch (Garmin, Polar) that tells the pace you are running. Not only will it tell you pace per mile but it will stop you from running out too quickly which is an easy mistake to make when you run with lots of other people. This can lead to disaster a few miles later. Equally running too slowly at the start and saving yourself for later will lead to a slower time than you can achieve. If you don’t have a watch, use your smart phone as there are so many apps like Runkeeper, or Mapmyrun that will record your speed and distance – giving you the same information. However these apps can be unreliable so make sure you test it in training.
- Drink water sensibly – While you are training get used to carrying or taking water regularly. 2 or 3 mouthfuls every 10 minutes is plenty – over hydration and needing the loo is often a problem in races as people take water or energy drinks at every station. If you are not used to the energy drinks I’d suggest leaving them alone.
- Eat well the night before and morning of the race. If you have been following a plan it is likely your long run will have been on Sunday morning the week prior to the race. The meal the night before should contain protein (chicken, turkey, fish or tofu, soy for the vegetarians), maybe a portion and half of carbohydrates and some vegetables. Pick your favourite meal as it is important you eat it and like it. There is nothing worse than force feeding yourself piles of pasta if you don’t like it. In the morning, stick with the same breakfast you have used while training – people who don’t eat before the race always do worse than those who do. Porridge or muesli are good starts on a cold morning. Personally I have a meal replacement too (Herbalife) to give me extra energy and keep me full until the race.
- Prepare all your kit the night before – There is nothing worse than rushing around in the morning finding your clothes, race number, watch etc. Write a list and get ready!
- Don’t drink too much before the race – You don’t want to go to the toilet during the race. And avoid coffee and tea in the morning as they will make you want to go.
- Enjoy it!
If you need any further advice on training for the Half Marathon contact us to book in your Free Complimentary Consultation! We will be happy to help. In the meantime #KeepRunning
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