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Stop putting it off any longer! The time is NOW!

by Martin Yelling
Thursday 13th January 2011

Now is the time! For those of you running a spring marathon now is the time to stop putting off getting going and start doing your training. Before you know it you’re marathon will be upon you so get going!

What are the key things you should be thinking about right now?

1. Run regularly.

With the right training you teach your body to cope with the marathon distance. Regular running is the key to your success. No one will do it for you. Regular running means different things to different people. For a total novice this might begin with 2 or 3 times a week of jogging/walking interspersed with running lasting for 20 to 40mins. For a more experienced runner 5, 6 or more runs of an hour or more each week would be regular running.

2. Get a routine.

Being able to run regularly comes from developing a great routine. Identify times in your week when you can get out of the door and go for your run. Find the best times that fit with your family, work and other lifestyle commitments and, as much as possible, stick to them. This might be first thing in the morning, at lunchtime or after work. Missing a few runs here and there doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but a stop-start fragmented running routine certainly won’t see your fitness improve and your marathon goal achieved.

3. Be consistent.

A few weeks of running won’t make you a better marathon runner. Many consistent weeks put together will. Consistency and routine in your training mean you will lay the foundations for running longer and faster in the future.

Proper Bonkers.

Martin Yelling - The time is now!

I’ve been thinking about these things a lot more recently as it’s all about the Comrades Ultra Marathon (56miles of South Africa’s finest miles in May). Having only done 1 ultra marathon before, and vowing I’d never do another one immediately afterwards, my training really does now need to start in earnest. I need to run regularly, I need a routine and I’ve got to be consistent with it.

I recently did a little forward planning (dangerous I know) and quickly realized that I’m going to need to take some serious leaps in mileage to hit some of the self set confidence boosting targets that I need to bag before feeling super sure I can go the full distance at the end of May. These targets include being comfortably able to knock out 20miles without blinking, completing a standalone marathon, building up a longest run to 45miles, and putting a series of 2 day long runs together back to back.

When I look at this set of milestones they seem quite out of reach right now but I’m hoping (and previous experience tells me) that once you embark on the journey and begin to tick off your objectives the distances between your milestones seem a little closer together and easier to reach.

If your marathon this Spring seems a little out of reach right now, get your head down, get on with the task at hand, bank the miles and look up every now again to see just how much closer the finish line is. It’s not as far as you think.

About The Author

Martin Yelling

Martin Yelling used to do a lot more running that he does now.   He once sneaked a AAA’s medal over 1500m, finished in the top 10 in the National XC, clocked some sub 30min 10k’s and even won a few races. 

Once his legs stopped enjoying the pounding quite so much switched to multisport and won the British elite duathlon championships a couple of times, competed at some scarily fast world championships events, came top 15 at Ironman Switzerland and bagged the big one in Kona. 

Now he enjoys running on leafy trails, trying (and failing) to keep up with his wife (2xOlympic marathon runner Liz Yelling), and helping coach runners and triathletes of all standards achieve things they’d previously thought impossible.  He also likes trying to paddleboard, eating the same amount as he used to when training very hard and smiling. www.lizyelling.com


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