Some of you might have read my post announcing my marathon participation but if not I’m going to be taking part in the Cancer Research Shine Walk marathon next month which I am kindly being sponsored by the people over at Flexitol. The marathon is completed through the night – I started around 11pm – and takes in 26 miles of sights right the way across London. Last year I had issues as my friend was ill and left at the beginning so I tried to make up my time and proper steamed ahead and then buggered up my ankle, massive mistake. This time, I plan on pacing myself a lot better and just try and beat my time from last year which was about 8 hours.
I wouldn’t say I am unfit as I go to the gym regularly, walk as much as I can and take part in obstacle runs, but I am nowhere near at peak fitness levels so I’ve had to do a lot of walking to prepare my body. Last time I was quite unprepared I didn’t think about what I’d need during the race or what I’d need for my recovery so here are some bits I’ve learnt.
Take a small rucksack and have some snacks on the go- Last year I took a bumbag and relied on the small snacks we got every 4 miles or so during the race, but I did find myself flagging so I want to take some easy to eat snacks to ensure I don’t lose energy. Things such as cashew nuts, fruit, jelly babies and cereal bars are going to be my go to snacks.
Sleep as much as I can beforehand- I definitely don’t think I slept as much as I could have the day prior to my race last year which meant I did get a little tired. My plan is to sleep until mid afternoon on the Saturday if I can so I can keep going easily until Sunday morning.
Pre-plan my journey home- Last year my ankle hurt so much I’d have struggled to get down the stairs to the tube so I had to get my parents to drive all the way to Bank to collect me and I could not have been happier that they agreed to. This year my brother has agreed to come and pick me up so I need to pre-plan with him where to meet etc.
Make sure I have my Flexitol products on hand- Last year I didn’t use anything for my feet but to help with my training Flexitol sent me a collection of goodies and they have been a godsend. I struggled to walk for a few days because my feet hurt so much so I have been using these when training and it definitely pays to care for your feet. The moisturising foot cream provides my feel with a lot of hydration and is perfect post race while the heel magic does the same with to my heels.
Make an epic playlist- Because I am doing the marathon on my own this year I want to create an epic eight-hour playlist to keep me motivated to carry on. Last year it got a little tough being so quiet and some music would have definitely made such a difference. Not only do I need to make sure I have the playlist but I need to make sure I have a fully charged Ipod.