Run like the Wind on Race Day!
Expert tips and advice on last minute marathon preparation from fitness expert, Lucy Wyndham-Read!
You’ve perfected the training and now the countdown until race day is on! With the London Marathon fresh in the nation’s minds attention now turns to the rest of the year’s marathons.
We’ve partnered with top YouTube fitness expert, Lucy Wyndham-Read to bring you some last minute tips and expert advice so that you’re ready for your big race day and in the best state of mind to give your best performance in your race of choice, and if you’ve had some last minute inspiration to race this summer, it’s not too late!
Literally warm up before heading outdoors
Even though spring is here, early morning training can often mean you’re out in the crisp air or April showers. With the summer’s marathons on the horizon, staying indoors isn’t an option, so why not try an alternate way of getting warm? Before layering up and heading outside, place your exercise clothes over a radiator (even your socks) for at least 5 minutes.
Make sure your final layer is bright and visible then you’ll feel warm from the inside out, as your clothes start to cool down and your body warms up during your workout.
Catch some ZZZs
When it comes to race week you won’t be doing any strenuous workouts and you should have some more time available as a result of cutting back on running ahead of the big day. Use this time wisely to get some valuable shut eye. This will help to replenish your energy so that you’re ready to give your best performance.
You’re about to embark on the race of a lifetime so don’t get wrapped up in worry and concern about how it’s going to go. Laughing and enjoying yourself in the run up to the race will help to keep nervousness under control. Just think to yourself how great the sense of achievement will feel when you cross that finish line.
The final countdown
The morning before race day, invest in a 15-20 minute jog. This will help to ease tension and put you in a good state of mind ahead of the big day. Remember to warm up and cool down thoroughly with a range of static stretches, held for no longer than 15 seconds to avoid lack of oxygen to the muscles you are focusing on.
Good luck and let us know on Twitter how you get on!