The TSC London Marathon has been restored to it’s original slot and takes place on 23rd April 2023. But, of course, there are marathons taking place up and down the country and abroad throughout the year Take your pick… worldsmarathons.com
Whatever your plans, this guide will help steer you towards achieving your best performance.
In this article
- Prepare yourself physically
- Get kitted out
- Footwear…but not just footwear
- Useful extras
- The final approach
1. Prepare yourself physically
Running 26.6 miles is rarely ‘a walk in the park’ for most runners, and most entrants take preparation pretty seriously – as well they should! As the old adage goes,
failing to prepare is preparing to fail”
To ensure that you’re in tip top shape and injury-free as you stand on the start line, you’ll want to steadily build your mileage so that you peak on the day.
- Use a training plan – to help structure the weeks as you increase your mileage
- Join a running club – to find a running buddy to share the journey and perhaps pick up some tips from those who have done it before
- Get a coach – get guidance from an expert who can provide tailored support throughout the process
2. Get kitted out
Comfort is key. Nothing feels as miserable as running with avoidable discomfort.
We recommend experimenting with different run wear to find the most comfortable options for you. Because the UK weather is unpredictable, it’s a good idea to have figured out your best cool and warm weather preferences. Running tights or shorts? Long sleeves or vest top? Do you need a lightweight, waterproof and breathable jacket? Ladies, a decent bra will save energy and discomfort.
Don’t leave it until the last minute, try to do your trials well in advance.
3. Footwear… but not just footwear!
A one-to-one appointment with one of our trained Biomechanists will give you valuable insights into your foot type, running style, strengths and weaknesses.
- Shock absorption
They help to increase performance by creating a more refined interface between your feet and your footwear, more power, more drive.
They help to reduce the risk of injury by supporting your arches and reducing impact forces through the feet and heels, protecting the ankles, knees and hip joints.
The final step in our process is the selection of the right shoe for you. Our technicians will offer a choice of shoes for you to try on and test on our treadmills.
How much does it cost?
At just £219.90 for Sports Analysis & our signature Custom Insoles, plus running shoe selection, our customers whole-heartedly agree that our service is unlike any other and well worth the investment. Plus they come with a money-back Fit Guarantee so you can’t really go wrong!
Custom insoles last up to 3 years and can be taken out and used in different shoes if you wish to swap them between e.g. training shoes and race shoes.
You don’t need to be experiencing problems to appreciate custom insoles, they’re beneficial for everyone.
Our Marathon-specific Analysis + Custom Insoles Service – £219.90
Our trained Biomechanists analyse your key movement patterns and focus on any issues you have been experiencing in your training – which are often exacerbated over distance. This enables us to hone in on the root causes and create the best solution using custom insoles and selected footwear, and by recommending strength and conditioning exercises.
This service is tailored towards marathon and longer distance runners and addresses issues that are typically experienced by endurance runners.
Duration: Up to 1 hour
Appointments can include:
- ✓ Lower leg functional assessment (static and dynamic)
- ✓ HD video gait analysis – hips, legs and feet
- ✓ Dynamic foot pressure scanning
- ✓ Profeet signature 100% Custom Insoles
- ✓ Footwear selection and fitting
- ✓ Functional and strength and conditioning exercises
- ✓ Analysis report
- ✓ 12 months analysis validity
- ✓ Profeet Fit Guarantee
Call 020 7736 0046 to book your appointment
4. Useful extras
Don’t underestimate the power of technical socks
All socks are not equal, and most people are converts to technical socks, once tried. Need a bit more cushioning underfoot? Looking for a little extra support in the arch? Want something light, sheer and ergonomic? Look no further:
1001 running tips from the best
Written by former GB ultrarunner and Profeet ambassador, Robbie Britton, this book is packed full of golden nuggets to keep you on your toes, tweaking up your form and finding those marginal gains – and a few smiles thrown into the bargain. A must have:
We’ve gathered our favourite tools for keeping yourself in good shape on the go. Sharpen up those key areas with a tension band, and rollout your muscles post run with massage ball:
5. The Final approach
In the ‘run up’ to the marathon you should be honing your form, and fine-tuning your approach including:
Tapering – reduce your mileage and exertion in the final few weeks before the event to allow for recovery time. This should be an integral part of your plan.
Nutrition – as with new kit, it’s important to experiment with options to find the best fuelling method to suit you. More on that in our Marathon Ready? Guide.
Hydration – Obviously, alcohol is a no-no in the run up to an event and especially the night before. It will play havoc with your hydration levels and leave you at a disadvantage. But it’s not just about drinking lots of water, read these top tips
Kit Lay – Lay out your kit one week in advance including any shots and gels. This gives you time to consider your weather and fuelling options. Fine tune the requirements the night before after checking the weather forecast. and you’re ready to jump into your kit with confidence on the day.
For more information about getting Marathon Ready, read our article: