Marathon Toolkit: Engage your Brain

Discover how to use one of your best assets - your mind - to greatest effect in your spring marathon

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A marathon plan: the first half

Each person is different and everyone has different marathon aims, but here’s a guide to how you could divide your race:

Miles 0-5/6: You’ll be quite excited and there’s going to be a lot of adrenaline, stress and a lot of buzz. Try not to go off too hard and hold back a bit (most people go off a bit hard and pay in the last six miles). Settle in and stick to the pace you planned.

Miles 6-11: Check how you’re feeling physically. Focus on your technique – run smoothly or lightly or find an aim that might help.

Miles 11-15: Think about your pace – are you on target? Do you need to adjust up or down? By this stage, you’ll have a good idea of how the body feels. It might be a case of continuing with what you’re doing or trying to up it a little or take it down a notch or two.

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Discuss this article

is your brain a muscle????...or even your mind?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 15:26

It probably is if you think it is.

*ponders the enormity of it all*

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 16:17

ah wow maaan, yeah Phil, I totally dig that!

Brain - my 2nd favourite organ.

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:10

This sport can ignite our brain to function properly and provide progressive ans strenght thinking.


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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 10:25

ofcourse it's a's of your body! we are all muscle....and muscle has memory - keep running!
Posted: 23/11/2012 at 00:06

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