MOVE FROM #HALF2FULL
YOU cross the finish line. YOU have run 21.1km.
Now you imagine starting again and completing a marathon. 42,2km. No. Not ever. Ever. EVER. A few days later your medal still lying in a prominent space as you head out on a recovery run in your bright half-marathon shirt. Well this feels a lot better than I thought. A marathon? No. Well perhaps? Maybe?
Let’s just explore this a little deeper. After all there is one in September. The greatest footrace on the continent over the official Olympic marathon distance of 42.2km. After all you can’t call yourself a real runner until you’ve ticked off the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, now can you?
Of course not. #ChallengeAccepted?
So, come and sit at the feet, yes, these tired feet that have run over thirty marathons and trained thousands more successful finishers. Have they been easy? HELL NO. Have they been worth it? You bet every single step of every single one. So, listen up.
If you can run a half-marathon, you can run a full. #Half2Full
You simply take what worked for you and you increase the duration of your long runs slowly and over time. My tried and tested program requires 18 weeks training. This includes three weeks of taper before the event.
Remember we are training to run far not fast.
Time on your legs getting used to the exhaustion that comes with extended exercise is key to preparing yourself physically and mentally for the event. Rest is rest and part of protecting yourself. Do regular stretching and foam rolling on your rest days. After long runs a good rub down is essential. Run the slow runs really slowly. Do the time trials at race pace.
Okay so you have taken the challenge to complete your first marathon,
You have got your 21km in the bag and now it’s time to start planning the next 21 weeks to add 21km!
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