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Whether you’re running your first half-marathon or you’re a seasoned runner, a little refresher to set you up for success before your next marathon (whether it’s a half or full) wouldn’t hurt.

Fitness expert Heather Wilson-Phillips shares some tips to whip you into shape no matter the marathon size.

GIVE YOURSELF TIME

If you want to have a successful marathon run, you can’t start training the night before. You need to give your body time to get in gear. Heather recommends training for 4-5 months if you’re a new runner, and 3-4 months if you’re an active person who has some experience in running marathons.

TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN

A good start is to train more than once a week. As it gets closer to the date, amp up your training and do 3-4 runs a week. It’s also important to run however many kilometres you’ll be running before the race day. Before every run, remember to warm up and do drills to work on form and to help get you ready for your run.

DRILLS TO TRY

Watch the video clip above for Heather’s demonstrations!

  • Side skip –focuses on coordination
  • A-skip – helps with actual running form & hip mobility
  • Carioca – strengthens out muscles
  • Straight leg – helps with coordination and legs move faster when you run
  • Strides – helps with running mechanics, form and speeds

Do these drills and go for 30-40 metres in 3-4 sets and you’ll be good to go!

EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST ON THE BIG DAY

The best way to start off the day is to have a good breakfast. Don’t change anything, whatever you have been doing during your prep for the run, continue doing that.