Time to slow down Tapering your marathon training

There’s less thanMale taking a break from running 2 weeks to go until race day! All of the miles you’ve run, the cold evenings, early starts and your amazing dedication have got you here. Finally, the start line is in sight.

In these last few days, there’s not a lot you can do to improve your preparation. But if you’re not careful, you could hinder it.


The golden rules

When you’ve devoted 4 months of your life to regular training, it can be quite a shock to suddenly stop, especially when you’re so close to the race.

Some runners can start to feel anxious. Others can feel restless as they struggle to adjust to the sudden dip in physical activity. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the experience of preparing for the marathon.

Here are a few easy tips from our training partners RG Active, to help you taper down for race day:

    • Don't panic about your preparation
      Most marathon runners often wonder whether they’ve done enough to prepare, it’s perfectly natural
    • Do keep your running this week light and easy
      A few short, steady runs (2-3 miles) will help you burn off excess energy and pre-race nerves
    • Don't feel the need to do one last long run
      You’ve done the hard work. Pushing yourself to the limit now would only risk an injury
    • Do rest up
      Take this opportunity to rest up, get a massage and make sure you’re energised for the big day
    • Don't feel guilty about eating heartily
      Carb-loading's an important part of your pre-race routine

The tapering schedule

Follow the plan below for the next 2 weeks to fine-tune your preparation and make sure you arrive happy and healthy at the start line for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon:

  • Monday: 25 min run (medium exertion)
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 60 min run (medium exertion)
  • Thursday: 30 min run (medium exertion)
  • Friday: 20 min run (medium exertion)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: RACE DAY

Good luck to Team NSPCC

The countdown to this year's marathon has officially begun! We're gearing up to support our amazing Team NSPCC runners as they get ready to complete the 26.2 mile race.

With less than a week to go, it's time to get ready, lace up your shoes, hold your head high and remember that every step and every mile, will help keep more children safe. 

Our staff wish our Team NSPCC runners good luck for the Virgin Money London Marathon, taking place on Sunday 24th April 2016.

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