So, in just a little more than three weeks, it will be time for this year's Dublin Marathon. Whether it will be your first marathon or it is a yearly event for you, there is always room for improvement.
It is very easy to overtrain for a marathon. The main reasons for this tend to be lack of knowledge or genuine worry that you have not done enough run training.
Over the next three weeks, I am going to outline some key points that should help you out, not just with your training but on the day.
At this stage, you should have completed at least a half-marathon and be well on the way to achieving a marathon distance.
The ideal is building to a peak in your training two to four weeks before a marathon and then scaling back, not just for recovery but to ensure your body is fresh for race day.
Having a 20-mile run under your belt will psychologically be a great advantage on the day.
I would recommend no more than a nine-mile run in the third week out, ensuring that you have a rest day even between your shorter runs of three to five miles.
Nutrition is also very important. Find out what works for you, what gives you more energy, what makes you more sluggish – and change nothing up to a race.
Remember, just because it works for someone else doesn't mean it will work for you.
It may be easy to pick up injuries at this stage of your training, so make sure you are warming up before any run session. My advice is foam-rolling to help stretch those muscles.
It is easy to pick up adductor, hamstring and tibialis anterior injuries, so these exercises may help to keep such injuries at bay.