Marathon Training Tips

Marathon Training Tips.


Here are our top marathon training tips for 26 milers and other endurance athletes.

These tips will also help you if you are training for a triathlon, half marathon, or a 10km or 5km run.


Buy a GPS watch.

This takes away the guesswork from your training.

A good GPS watch will allow you to track exactly how far you cover and at what pace you run.

This allows you to pace your runs, and to be accurate when you work out your weekly training mileage.


Eat fermented food.

Eating fermented foods such as sourkraut, kefir or kimchi will strengthen your immune system and balance your gut flora.

A strong immune system and a healthy gut mean you will be less likely to catch a cold, get ill or feel run down during your training.

Marathon training can last for several months and missing training through illness can often set you back to square one.

Improve the odds of staying healthy during your training by eating fermented food with (or before) one of your main daily meals.


Drink beetroot juice.

Beetroot juice has been found to improve athletic performance in endurance athletes.

Fire up your juicer and drink 600ml of organic beetroot juice daily – many runners take two 300ml ‘shots’ a day.

Drinking beetroot juice for a few weeks before your race will reduce blood pressure, oxygenate the blood, reduce inflammation and improve performance times by up to 3%!


Add Epsom salts to your bath.

Regular hot Epsom salt baths will aid your recovery during tough marathon training programmes.

Just add a large handful of Epsom salt to your bath and soak your aching limbs for 15-20 minutes.

Epsom salt baths help flush toxins from the body, which aids recovery time.

They also reduce muscle pain, inflammation and joint pain, which increases the odds of you staying injury free during your training.


Buy a foam roller.

This will aid recovery and help you stay niggle free during your training.

Foam rolling for a few minutes after training runs will reduce muscle soreness, improve range of motion and increase mobility.

Some studies have suggested that post exercise stretching becomes more beneficial when performed after foam rolling.

Pay particular attention to foam rolling your back, hamstrings, quads, calves, shins and IT band.


Now you have all these top marathon training tips – get out there and break your PB!

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