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26 MARATHON ESSENTIALS

MARATHON SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US. TO HELP YOU HAVE THE BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE, WE’VE COMPILED A 26-TIP LIST ON HOW TO BREAK DOWN THE WALL, STAY INJURY FREE AND, OF COURSE, AVOID THE DREADED RUNNER’S NIPPLE.

1. TREAT YOURSELF

Buy a good quality pair of running shoes. If you’re not sure what’s best for you, go to a running store, where you can get your running style analysed and the appropriate trainers provided.

2. BACK TO BASICS

Mike Peace, one of 15 runners to race every London Marathon, told us: “Don’t be afraid; be excited, because it’s a hugely exciting event. Get the basics right. Then, come race day, you can enjoy it.”

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I never had any desire to run a marathon. Yes, I watched it religiously every year from 1984 when Charlie Spedding set the then-English record and marveled at the speeds. But it didn’t hold any appeal for me. I was a track runner, a thoroughbred, an out-and-out speed merchant; the thought of running 26 miles consecutively, back-to-back, was just too monstrous a thought. And then I started working in running and I realised that, for 99% of the population, running IS marathons. No one ever says ‘ah, you’re a runner, what’s your 1500metre time?’. The first question anyone asks is ‘have you run a marathon?’. Fortunately, I’m now in the happy position to say yes. Several in fact. And more half marathons than I can actually remember. But running a marathon still isn’t easy. If it was, more people would have done it. It takes training, and work, and effort and a resilient mindset that says ‘I’m not going to give up on this journey’. In this special issue, we reveal the secrets, the highs and lows and the training that can get you round a marathon. There’s something here for everyone, even if you’re an experienced marathoner. As Emil Zatopek famously said: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”