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Marathon guide for runners

March 11 2024

Embarking on a marathon or similar challenge is an exciting journey, and we're here to help make it accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Read our practical tips and expert advice on training, pacing, and preparing for the big day, all designed to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.

Thinking about running a Marathon or other challenging distance? Here are some top tips from us.

Pick a training plan

There are plenty of free training plans available but why not check out this full set of training plans, designed to help you reach the finish line regardless of your skill level.

Find a plan that fits

The best plan is the one that you can stick to and that comfortably fits into your lifestyle.

Pace yourself

Remember to pace yourself. Gradually build your running up from whatever fitness base you are currently at.

Include strength training

Include strength training in your plan – this can help injury prevention, as well as lead to greater improvements to your performance.

Have a pre and post event plan

Wake up in plenty of time on the day and give yourself sufficient time to get ready, eat and get to the start line so you’re not rushing.

Prepare your running kit

The day before the challenge, do a final kit check and don’t plan to wear anything new – this includes running shoes, leggings and any other workout kit. Stick with what you know and are comfortable with. There’s nothing worse than running with new, painful shoes!

Overcome the mentally tough parts

With long distance running there will be ups and downs. Think about how you will overcome them with positive motivation. Remind yourself of all the hard work and training you have put in and the satisfaction that will come from completing your challenge.

Break it down with smaller goals

The overall distance can be daunting. Make it easier for yourself by breaking it down with smaller goals– use distances or landmarks and reward yourself when you reach them. Remember that Rome was not built in a day.

Pace yourself

Make sure you don’t set off too fast, as you’ll come to regret it later in the run. Pick a suitable running speed that is sustainable. You can always speed up later if you feel you still have more energy.

Enjoy yourself

Make sure you enjoy the experience! You are attempting an amazing personal challenge that will not only improve your physical and mental health but also by fundraising you are spreading kindness into the community.

Want to get involved?

We host and take part in numerous events across the UK in our continuous efforts to raise awareness and funds. Taking on a challenge or joining us at an event can be a great way to get involved with our work at Livability – and enable people with disabilities to live life to the full.

View our ultimate fundraising guide for all the tips that will guide you from the start of your journey to the finish line. Getting involved has never been easier.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about joining an event with Livability. You can email us on events@livability.org.uk or call 020 7452 2129.

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