TOP 5 TRAINING TIPS

1.  BUILD UP YOUR TRAINING

 Don’t increase your weekly mileage too quickly. I recommend a maximum increase of 5% each week with your long run 20% of your weekly total.

2.  EAT PROPERLY

Replenish your body with nutritious foods to replace your energy supplies. Rice, pasta, wholegrain bread are great sources of complex carbohydrates and fruit and green vegetables along with chicken will complete a rounded diet.

3.  GIVE YOUR BODY THE REST IT NEEDS

Include rest days in your training programme. I suggest at least one rest day per week. Also make sure you get enough sleep. Aim for 8 hours a night.

4.  RUNNING SHOES

The most important part of your kit.

Invest in a good pair of shoes that are suitable for you. Visit a good running shop and try on different shoes before selecting the correct ones.

5. MOTIVATION

Set yourself targets to stay motivated. Your first target maybe a distance to achieve, or a particular race. You can then focus your training on that.

It is often worth setting another target before you achieve the first one you are doing to keep yourself moving forward.