From a Mile to a Marathon: Starting with Sport Relief

The Sport Relief Challenge aims to get ordinary people to Run, Swim or Cycle to raise money for the charity. It's this time of year where budding gym-goers begin their quest for an ideal physique ready for their holidays in the Summer.

Sport Relief, which started in 2002, has raised over £150m for causes in the UK and abroad. This year, Sport Relief have presented various options to Swim, Cycle or Run, with different courses and different lengths to choose from.

What we're focusing on here though, is what happens post-challenge. The inspiration of running a mile inspires most people to progress further, running further or even doing a Marathon (hence the title!).

But how do you go from running a Mile to a Marathon? Easy, a desire to succeed, some motivation and good food. Ok, maybe it's not that easy, but we've covered some things to consider if you're thinking about taking on the big one.

First of all, in order to get motivated for a Marathon challenge, you'll need some healthy motivation. A great way to achieve this is to set some firm goals. At this point, you may even want to enter a Marathon, to give you a definite completion date. Ideally, give yourself around 6 months to fully train to be able to complete the challenge.

Looking at training, the objective of course is always giving yourself a steady mileage increment each time you train, you need to be consistently beating your time and distance. As the weeks go by, you want to be seeing some clear progress. Keep a diary of the distance you covered and the time it took you.

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Whilst keeping a diary, set yourself some short-term goals, for example running an extra mile every 2 weeks. The phrase often used it "getting miles in your legs" - the more you accomplish in terms of miles, the better chance you have of succeeding.

In addition, you also need to think about your Calorie Maintenance; the more you train, the more calories you burn, and these need to be replaced. Along-side a protein fuelled diet rich in Chicken. During your training, get used to taking on fuel as you run, if you don't, you'll run into the hypothetical wall. Make sure you take on plenty of water at regular intervals to keep the constant flow of hydration. In addition, electrolytes need to be replenished - take a look at High5's Zero tablets as a key product.

From a supplementation side, weight gainers provide a good source of protein, good carbs and high quality calories, enabling additional muscle strength and helping with endurance. A product to highlight for this would be the PhD Pharma Gain.

Aside from training and supplementation, get a sports massage every so often get to know you're body and know about any injuries. Don't train through them as that may lead to further damage.

Finally, if you can, train with people - it'll make you stick to your goals and also makes the long runs more enjoyable!

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