Training for an event like the Gold Coast Marathon can be very tricky, regardless of whether you are new to the sport, an avid runner, or world champion. There are many things to consider, including your past activity levels (tissue health), past (and current) injuries, nutrition, and most importantly your ability to recover.
There are a lot of training programs readily available, but what is best for you? There is no flawless program, however, the better ones always have a few things in common:
1. They incorporate periodisation, and running distances don’t increase linearly each run. And
2. They allow for appropriate rest, as this is where your body adapts and strengthens.
Our advice for the Gold Coast Marathon is simple.
1. Stick to a training program, however listen to your body’s needs and be comfortable modifying the program if needed, or seeking professional advice to do so. You need to remember that generic programs are not tailored to each individual.
2. Allow for adequate rest (A good program should have this incorporated!)
3. Consider some cross-training, even if it is still running. Nerang and Burleigh offer some fantastic trails, and beach running is widely accessible whether it be Palm Beach, Burleigh, Mermaid, Broadbeach, Surfers, or the Spit, just to name a few spots. This can help change the load on the body whilst still getting a great training effect.
4. Don’t underestimate nutrition and hydration. This is vital and what normally gets a champion over the line first
5. If you have prior concerns or injuries, get them assessed to understand your limits (if any). Physiotherapy provides a great option for pre-screening, specific strength and conditioning, and appropriate training modifications to prepare you as best as possible for the event.