The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the most famous Marathon courses in the world. Take a look at these top tips as racegoers and spectators make preparations ready for the big day!
The London Marathon finish line is just a 25 minute walk from Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, so pop down to see the atmosphere if you’re in the area. We’ve asked two top personal trainers at The Peak Health Club & Spa, Tunde Somefun and Joanna Jamroz, to share their tips to keep nerves at bay and be race-ready for the big day.
#1 Stay hydrated
Hydration is very important whilst running. To champion 26.2 miles, runners need to regularly grab water from the refreshment stations along the course. Our top tip is to add a pinch of Himalayan salt to the water you consume just before the race. This will add minerals that will help keep water inside your cells – helping to mitigate dehydration during the race.
#2 Stick to what you know
As much as it may be exciting to buy a new running top or trainers especially for the day, race day is not the time to experiment. Stick to what you know and the equipment you’ve trained with. The last thing you want is a big blister to slow you down!
#3 Keep your vitamin levels topped up
Heavy training challenges your immune system and your body needs extra vitamins and minerals in order to work its hardest. In the lead up to the race, try taking vitamin supplements so you don’t compromise performance on the day. Beetroot juice is brilliant for helping you utilise oxygen efficiently. The unique combination of phytochemicals and antioxidants allow your body to process oxygen quicker.
#4 Plan your post-race recovery
It’s no secret that you’re going to be a little tender after the marathon. It’s important to have a plan for the next few days so you can recover properly without damaging your body. You’ll need some time for your nervous and muscular system to effectively recover so why not book a low-intensity yoga class for the next day with a visit to the sauna after? If you’re feeling brave, try an ice-bath after the race – the cold water immersion constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown, meaning you’ll feel a little better the next day.
#5 Believe in yourself and enjoy every moment!
Remember that you’ve already done all the hard work – the strict training routine, the early mornings, the sore legs and tired eyes. This is your time to shine and enjoy yourself. So put on a smile, give your all and use the crowd support to keep your adrenaline pumping.
Tunde Somefun is liked and respected by all his clients, with well over 20 years’ experience in the Fitness Industry, including working with many top athletes and body builders; it is little wonder why his skills are in such demand. Tunde is a Senior Personal Trainer, at The Peak. You can book Tunde for a personal training session at The Peak Health Club and Spa by calling Tel: +44 (0)20 7858 7302 or emailing: JCTpeakrec@jumeirah.com
Personal trainer and dietician Joanna Jamroz has a unique and motivational approach to every one of her clients. Creating a fitness plan with a combination of training and nutritional advice, these holistic programs will achieve big results. Joanna believes that the only obstacles we have are those created in our mind thus the only way to truly transform your body is to change your mind set! You can book Joanna for a personal training session at The Peak Health Club and Spa by calling Tel: +44 (0)20 7858 7302 or emailing: JCTpeakrec@jumeirah.com
If you are in London for the event, book a stay at one of our three luxury London hotels– Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia or Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living in Mayfair.