Anna Bartlett Fitness Blog
  • 2015

Preparing For A Marathon

Marathon training will be challenging, but it should be fun and enjoyable. Finishing a Marathon is accomplished by less than 1% of people in the world, so it is a massive achievement. If you are a regular runner, haven’t run in a long time or have never run before, you can finish a marathon. The Importance of preparing from a marathon makes all the difference.


- You must have the right plan in place for you! If you’re a beginner there is no point in following a programme of someone who has achieved multiple marathons.


- Building the mental stamina is essential. If you can master the training you can conquer the race! Its easy to motivate yourself to start training, it’s a challenge to stay with it every day.

- Give yourself rewards for reaching certain distances

- Buddy up with someone or a group of people to help you through the training (with different people each one will be doing a small amount so will stay motivated for you and drag you out on the days you find tough).

- Staying motivated and developing a proper mindset is the key to enjoying training and crossing the line with a smile on your face.


- You must have the right goals and the right reasons for running in order for it to be a success! Finish time, weight loss, charity or “just finish” goals, we all have a reason to want to run a marathon.


- Nutrition plays a big part towards your training. You need to be fueling your body with the right nutrients to get the best training from it. During marathon training your calorie intake should be 65% complex Carbohydrates, 10% Protein and 25% unsaturated Fat. Be sure to get the nutrition you need to keep your body strong.


- You should not run every day! You need to take rest in between your runs to allow adequate recovery for your body to repair and grow stronger along with the right nutrition. It’s equally important to rest as well as run!


- On runs longer than an hour, consume 200ml every 20 minutes. Make sure that you have fully rehydrated yourself within one hour after running. Weighing yourself before and after running will give you a rough idea whether you have rehydrated yourself.


- Your mileage should be gradually increased each week. Your longest run should be 18-20 miles. You should then taper off in the final weeks leading up to the marathon leaving yourself enough time for your body to recover from training and be strong for marathon day. Having a 20-mile run under your belt will give you a major psychological advantage on the day!


- Maintain the pace you have trained at. You are racing yourself and your own goals! You’ll be passing the ones that sprinted past you earlier.