Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Running Tips from Paula Radcliffe

• You don't need to run every day. Take proper time off after a marathon to allow your body to recover. Radcliffe takes two weeks.

• The building blocks of Radcliffe's basic training are short runs - either five 2km runs or six runs of a mile. Then she adds in a long run, which she progressively extends throughout her training.

• If you suffer from stiff calves (as I do), wear knee-high compression socks.

• Training can be mentally harder than the actual race. When you hit a wall in a marathon, recall these "rough spots" from training as evidence you can get through it.

• If you are struggling, use disassociation techniques to take your mind off the pain. Slowly count to 100 three times, which covers a mile (for Radcliffe).

By the time she has finished, she usually feels fine again.


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