By Hayden Shearman // As the Auckland Marathon draws ever closer, I’ll be sharing some (hopefully) helpful insights to help get you to the start line as prepared as possible and then to the finish line as fast as possible.
So, with just over three weeks to go, what should the focus be?
One word: Mileage.
Mileage. Mileage. Mileage.
Right now you should be in your biggest week of training, running lots of easy-paced kilometres possibly with the odd lighter workout thrown on, but definitely with your key long run booked in for this coming weekend.
If you’re running the full, this run will be your longest and then you’ll peg it back a little the following week. But if you’re doing the half, you’ve still got another weekend up your sleeve in which to progress your long run a little further (as you won’t need as long a taper to recover for race day).
So, the long run this weekend, what are the keys?
1) Practice: Use it to try out your race day clothing, your race day breakfast, your race day nutrition and hydration, your race day GPS watch … anything that you plan to do on race day (except running the actual race), try out today so you leave no guess work for 2 November.
2) Hills: Although you should keep your pace light and just focus on distance and time on your feet, you should also include a couple of good undulations to prepare for the bridge, Shelly Beach Road and the rollers on the Shore.
3) Companionship: These long runs can mentally freak you out beforehand and then grind you into insanity during, so why not team up with some buddies for at least some of the run or queue up on your mp3 device your favourite albums, audio book or podcast? In fact why not join in our social Saturday run at Tamaki Drive 9am Saturday (11 Oct).
4) Recover: When you’re maxing out the mileage, by default you’re maxing out your body’s fatigue levels. So have a recovery strategy in place for the weekend: think massage, a large but healthy meal, a date or two with a foam roller, soak in a hot tub, compression tights, afternoon naps. Give your body a few treat after almost destroying it this week!
Finally [and say this part in a deep american accent] … tune in next week for another edition of The Battle of the Bridge. [Queue 70s car chase music.]