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EXPERT EXERCISE GUIDE Month 5 Workout
Are you excited? You should be! It’s the second-last month of training before race day. Your big Sunday runs will approach their longest distances this month, so continue to stay relaxed and take it one mile at a time. It’s not too early to start thinking about the logistics of the race, so carefully consider each element of the day as part of your planning. It’s not just about the run, but what you wear, your running pace and what you consume before and after. Make sure you do your homework.
PT Kristoph Thompson has devised this smart six-month training plan
‘Your big Sunday runs will approach their longest distance, so stay relaxed and take it one mile at a time’
THINK ABOUT YOUR KIT
Now’s the time to decide what you’re going to wear for the race. Wear your kit for at least a couple of long runs to check it’s comfortable, keeps you cool and doesn't chafe!
MIX IT UP
If you’re using sports gels try mixing them before you set off. You’ll need to wash the gel down with some water anyway, so mixing them together beforehand can make life a little easier when you’re out running.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Find out which sports drink will be handed out to runners on the day. A different drink, or even a different flavor can cause stomach upset. Research can help you dodge nasty side effects.
DECIDE YOUR STRATEGY
Are you going to run at a steady pace throughout or speed up during the second half of the race?
Decide beforehand and practice your strategy on your long runs.
USE MUSIC TO SPUR YOU ON
Listening to music can help you pass the time and keep pace. Not all races will allow earphones, so check in advance and be prepared to sing to yourself