I ran the Manchester Marathon 2 years ago, in 2015. I remember being really disappointed in my performance despite having done all of the classic runners training. So I began to look into incorporating other workouts into my routine to see if I’d see any benefit. The difference was night and day.
It’s only a few more weeks until the Greater Manchester marathon, so you should be well on your way with your training plan. There’s still plenty of time to build yourself up and make sure you go into the race feeling confident. If you’re still feeling unsure, here’s a few things you can be doing to give yourself an extra little boost to give it your best on race day.
1. Boost your VO2 Max with HIIT.
Your VO2 max is a measurement of how efficiently your body takes in oxygen during cardio workouts – and it’s a crucial measurement of how well your body will perform over extend periods of exercise. Studies have shown that High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can have a dramatic impact on your VO2 max – with some sessions improving performance by 10%! Our good friends at Lean Fitness Studios will be more than happy to put your through your HIIT paces and get those lungs going.
2. Defend Your Hamstrings With Yoga.
In addition to being a generally great all round workout, Yoga can be of special benefit to runners. Repetitive exercises like running can put a strain on certain parts of the body which eventually manifest as injuries like pulled hamstrings. Yoga can stretch these sore muscles out, strengthen weak spots, and help you to develop superior core strength, allowing you to prevent these injuries developing in the first place. Yoga is one of the most popular classes on the MagnaPass timetable, we have loads of teachers and studios listed, so you’re bound to find one near you!
3. Weights Are Great For Runners Too!
Performing strength exercises aimed at running-specific muscles has been demonstrated to make you faster, improve your stamina, and reduce injury risk. From squats, to deadlifts, to leg press, there’s plenty to be doing in the gym. Maybe the next time it’s an especially rainy training day outside, spare yourself the cold and head for gyms like the Fit Controller or Excelerate Fitness.
4. Build Out Your Legs With Spin.
Variety is the spice of life – this is true to marathon training too. After a while, your legs will get very used to running, and they won’t respond to workouts as dramatically as they used to, slowing down your progress. To keep getting better, you’re going to need to shock them into action. Spinning is a great workout for your legs, has all the benefits of other HIIT workouts, and if you get really into it, paired with your running you’ll be two thirds of the way to a triathlete. sounds like a winner to us. Spin Factory has you covered for all of your spinning needs.
5. Protect Yourself From Injury
Injury is one of the biggest reasons for marathon dropouts. Every runner has battled with injury at one point or another, whether it’s pulled hamstrings, torn muscles, sprained ankles; the list goes on. Nothing can totally protect you from accidents, but training smart can help your body build muscular protection for itself to limit their impact on you, and ultimately your progress. The bets way to do this, is to simply keep you body in tip top condition by throwing as many different activities at it as possible so that you have a good all round level of fitness. Discover a world of independent fitness classes on the MagnaPass Timetable.