It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday especially round the picturesque Dorney Lake in Windsor. Perfect for hosting our Virgin Money London Marathon Training Workshop for the winners of our January Prize Draw.
If you missed the live Social Media coverage here’s a snippet of the top tips given by our guest speakers:
- Martin Yelling – ex-international athlete and running coach.
- Benjamin Garcia – Lucozade Sport Specialist and nutritionist.
- Jonathan Parry – Personal Trainer from Virgin Active.
- Ed Parker and some members of the Walking with the Wounded Team.
- Helen Symonds from Virgin Money Giving.
Martin Yelling’s gems of advice:
Just getting to the start line of the London Marathon fit, well and not injured is something to celebrate in itself!
Your training schedule may have changed in the lead up to race day as well as your targets. But remember this could change even up to the start line as well as during the race itself. Don’t let that worry you but just assess how you feel and go with it.
On race day, be patient, don’t go off too quick and if it gets tough then change your focus from the pain you’re feeling to the crowd around you, the music playing, the person handing out oranges, anything to distract you just for a few minutes.
Benjamin’s top nutrition tips:
As little as 2% dehydration can affect your running performance. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout your training, leading up to race day and on the day itself. Your pee should be the colour of straw as a matter of fact!
On Race Day there will be water stations every mile and Lucozade stops every 5 miles.
Wrong! Recovery starts immediately as you cross the finish line and stop running so a good snack that includes protein and carbohydrates is perfect straight after the run.
Jonathan’s stretching and core exercise class:
Flexibility and core exercises – these help you to stay strong and injury-free. Miss them out and you could regret it come race day. A picture speaks a thousand words…
The Walking with the Wounded Team – Ed Parker, Guy Disney, Ibi Ali and Duncan Slater, share their experiences:
The team all agree that, whatever the challenge is, it’s 95% about training your mind to stay strong as well as your body.
Sometimes the plan can change – during the Walking with the Wounded South Pole challenge lots of targets changed depending on the weather on that day. This could be the same on the Virgin Money London Marathon day so don’t worry about changing your plans part way through.
If you’re finding it tough, remember “there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going”.
And finally one piece of gold dust from our very own Helen: