A nice crisp winters day is actually one of my favourite times of year to run. I would much rather run on soft snow through a field than trek around the London marathon in searing heat and humidity. OK there are times when the blanket scenario seems very appealing but once you get wrapped up and out there its not too bad after all. It can clear your head and focus your thoughts, and usually everywhere is quiet! Christmas day morning is one of my favourite times to run for this reason. And of course you feel that you can enjoy the festivities later in the day guilt free! Its that time of year when you want to snuggle underneath a fleecy blanket and not come out until Spring but the fitness you have worked for all year would not thank you for that. Fitness deteriorates very quickly, within just seven days of not training blood volume decreases which affects your ability to perform aerobic work. After just three to six weeks of not training, fitness can drop to pre-training levels, this in itself is enough to get me out of the door, whatever the weather. So this article includes a some tips and advice to keep you moving through the winter weather.
Well are you in or are you out? The time has come where thousands of runners find out if they have got a place in the Virgin London Marathon. For most people the response is the same. "Oh No I'm not in". And more often "OH NO I AM IN". Whatever your emotion - pleased, terrified, relieved, excited you have got a lot of work to do to get to the finish line. Training is not to be taken lightly and needs to start months before the race. Many runners do not know where to start, how far and how often to run, what to wear, what to eat and drink. This causes people to give up on their training and get despondent, or injured. On the other side of the coin they over train and arrive on the start line exhausted and in no fit state to run a marathon. My marathon advice takes you through training plans, food, drink and clothing and relates to any marathon, I am just using The VLM as an example. I have ran 5 marathons over the past 3 years, some good, some (very) bad, but all hard work.