Prepping For My Marathon

Prepping For My Marathon

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 moisturizing 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.

Do you have any tips which might help me?


  1. Beautyqueenuk
    August 26, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    well I am definitely wishing you luck with your Marathon, I hope you have some comfy insoles too x

  2. August 26, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    I flipping love Flexitol, I have dreadful heels (mainly from wearing open sandals) and it’s the only thing which fixes them up.

  3. Hannah Latoya Bond
    August 26, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Good luck for the marathon. Not sure i could do one though x

  4. Melanie Edjourian
    August 26, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Good luck with the marathon, you’re brave for giving it a go.

  5. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    August 27, 2016 / 8:00 am

    A good playlist is essential. Good luck, I hope it goes well!

  6. Helen Clark
    August 27, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Wow well done for doing this again and good luck! A good playlist would be my essential too x

  7. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    August 27, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Well done Rhian!! An awesome playlist always helps me if I ever work out!

  8. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    August 27, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Wishing you lots of luck! I’ve never run half a mile even so I have no advice haha

  9. Francesca Nelson
    August 27, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Oh wow, good luck for the marathon, you’re a better woman than I! I am so ridiculously unfit its almost unfair haha I’d die running a marathon so well done!!

  10. August 28, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Ooh good luck, I’ve down one of these night walk marathons in Oxford and it was incredible. I think you’re pretty much set up for yours, I made the mistake of not sleeping enough before mine and not having any music!! Have a great time and good luck!

  11. Vicky Hallnewman
    August 29, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Wow good luck with this, I have done walks for charity before but never a marathon – thats really good of you

  12. August 30, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Really, good luck with this! I ran a half marathon earlier in the year and that was tough.

  13. Alexshebar
    August 30, 2016 / 7:20 am

    I have a bunch of runner friends and I’m going to send them this right now! And good luck, you’ll be great!

  14. LaaLaa
    August 30, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Good luck honey. You’re being prepared and wise. Flexitol and sleep are going to be your best friend! Don’t guzzle any water, take sips, stitches will not be your friend lol x

  15. August 30, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Oh good luck! I did the Moonwalk a few years ago with a sore tummy – despite that I still had a great walk!

  16. Ickle Pickle
    August 30, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Oh wow – I am so inspired by you – Good Luck! I could never run – or walk a marathon and so admire those who do. Kaz x

  17. August 30, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    I agree an epic playlist makes everything better. Good luck with your run hun I hope it goes well!

  18. August 31, 2016 / 10:07 am

    I’ve never participated in a marathon so I can’t offer any useful suggestions, I’m afraid, but good luck! You can do it!

  19. August 31, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I’ve never taken part in a marathon so can’t really offer any advice. Good luck though!

  20. September 1, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I dont know if I would ever participate in Marathon being I am asthmatic and I cant run for too long without feeling like I am dying lol…but It sound fun and healthy. Good Luck!!

  21. Annie Brooks
    September 1, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I did the breast cancer moomwalk in 2010. It is really hard on the body doing it at night because it naturally wants to shut down. I would say where very comfy shoes as a main importance… painkillers, backpack…& jelly babies for a sugar boost! 🙂

    • September 2, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Yeah I made the bad choice of taking a bumbag last year so couldn’t take much and it wasn’t comfortable, rucksack all the way! Thanks x

  22. Bex Smith
    September 1, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Good luck in the marathon, I have every faith you’ll do brilliantly! Rather you than me lol x

  23. September 2, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Good luck in the marathon, it sure sounds interesting and a lot of effort. I always admire people who do this kind of thing, unfortunately I don’t have the best health so can’t attend any!

  24. September 3, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Running with snacks in a bumbag is a great idea!! Why have I never thought of that?! Best of luck 🙂

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