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FINE TUNING

FOLLOW MARTIN YELLING’S ADVICE TO ARRIVE AT THE START LINE IN THE BEST SHAPE POSSIBLE

It’s vital that, as race day draws closer, you stay focused, on top of your training and confident you can reach your goals. The hard work you’ve put in, the miles you’ve nailed, the beers you’ve declined and the fitness you’ve gained is all coming to fruition and it’ll soon be time to cash it in and run the race of your dreams. But first you’ve got to get your last few bits of preparation bang on or risk jeopardising your goals.

COMMON MISTAKES IN RACE-DAY BUILD-UP

1. Playing catch up. It’s all too easy at this stage to make the classic mistake of doubting the training you’ve done to reach this point, think you haven’t done enough miles, panic and try to run more in the final month than you’ve run in the past three. This simply won’t work. You will not get any fitter by smashing out extra long runs or testing yourself as the race draws closer.

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Haruki Murakami, author of ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ has an apposite quote for describing our sport: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’ve thought a lot about this quote over the years - and it’s taken me just as long to understand what he’s trying to say. My personal take on it is that we all know that running hurts, it’s just how we channel that pain and deal with it mentally that makes the difference. Over the years, Men’s Running has delivered hundreds of articles about how to train to make the pain as painless as possible. We’ve talked to experts about how to train intelligently for every distance and brought you training plans to nail PBs from 5K to a marathon. We’ve rounded up the best of these and brought them to you in one guide so that you can simply run faster. And, remember, suffering is optional!