Cross country running is hard work but great fun and a fantastic workout. It uses all the big muscles in your body and stabilises your core. I used to hate cross country at school and frequently would be caught hiding somewhere on the school field trying to look like I had been running. How things have changed! The cross country races are now the ones I look forward to the most. They are hard work, muddy and cold, but the sense of camaraderie between runners and teams is fantastic. Everyone supports each other and there is plenty of friendly rivalry between teams. Because all runners are in club vests these races feel like a real team event rather than everybody running for themselves. What other workout can leave you shattered, smiling and head to toe in mud?
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.