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?
August 26, 2016
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  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

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

    August 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Colette B

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

    August 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Anna Nuttall

    *high five* I wish you the very best of luck with your marathon. Great stuff and I hope your feet doesn’t hurt too much after. xx

    August 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

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

    August 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

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

    August 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    That’s amazing you are doing a marathon, good luck and I hope it all goes well for you! xo

    August 26, 2016 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

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

    August 27, 2016 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Helen Clark

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

    August 27, 2016 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

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

    August 27, 2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

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

    August 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Francesca Nelson

    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!!

    August 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Georgia C

    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!

    August 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Vicky Hallnewman

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

    August 29, 2016 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

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

    August 30, 2016 at 5:48 am
  • Reply Alexshebar

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

    August 30, 2016 at 7:20 am
  • Reply LaaLaa

    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

    August 30, 2016 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

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

    August 30, 2016 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Ickle Pickle

    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

    August 30, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

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

    August 30, 2016 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    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!

    August 31, 2016 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Culinary Travels

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

    August 31, 2016 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Leslie Hernandez

    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!!

    September 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Annie Brooks

    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 1, 2016 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      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

      September 2, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Bex Smith

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

    September 1, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Brand & Beauty

    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!

    September 2, 2016 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Laura Hartley

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

    September 3, 2016 at 6:07 am
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