My running history includes the London Marathon, the Brighton Marathon and the Paris Marathon. Some great events!
My best time was 4:11 for the Brighton Marathon. For me the actual motion and endurance needed for running a marathon wasn’t something I found particularly difficult. The hardest part, in my experience, was actually not getting bored whilst training – the atmosphere and the interest of the course really keeps you going and boosts you on the day of the event, so it’s not a problem then!
As a result of struggling with the boredom, I didn’t get that many long distance runs under my belt during my training. I predominantly did shorter 6-8 mile runs after leg sessions, in order to get used to running with heavy legs. For me, this was a great way of simulating the conditions I’d be experiencing towards the latter stages of a marathon, but without needing to pound away on the roads or trails for really long sessions alone.
My top tips for long distance runners would be to break the run down into sections (for a marathon I broke the overall course into sections of 5 miles) which is a great psychological help. Also running with someone of similar pace will help keep you going.
After the run I recommend a magnesium salt bath and have a massage booked in for the next day.
Good luck to all the Tonbridge Half Marathon runners! It’s a tough course so definitely breaking it down will help you overcome those hills. Have a great run, everyone!