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Training Advice

Below are a range of articles that are essential bedtime reading for your Brighton Marathon Training. These will be added to and updated throughout the coming months.

Getting Started

Training for your first marathon with the advice of the Brighton Marathon team of experts will reassure and support you on that journey. Follow this 12 point fool proof guide to prevent making those age-old mistakes and help to keep it simple an fun...

10 Miles by Christmas

For those of you who are running your first marathon or are less experienced, you will need to build a solid platform and marathon base ready for the New Year when the long runs kick in. Official coach, Nick Anderson has these tips to get you to 10 miles by Christmas.

Your health and the marathon

Read about the benefits of marathon training, as well as some important basic advice as you begin. Brought to you by Medical Director for Brighton Marathon Weekend, Dr Rob Galloway.




Long Run Training Explained

The 'long run' can be the most daunting part of your running training plan.

So if you're attempting your first marathon, worry not, here we explain long run training, what the benefits are, and how to make the most of it...




Nutrition: make better decisions more often

When you start training regularly, it’s important you make sure your eating habits are maximising all the hard work you’re putting in. 



Choosing the right shoes

Wearing the right pair of shoes for your foot and running style is very important and will go a long way to maximising your potential and ensuring you reach your goal without injury. Take a look at this advice from our official physio, Body Rehab Studios.



Winter Training Tactics

Consistency creates fitness and builds PBs. Winter is a time when you should aim to bank that crucial early training, where you have time to build your strength and endurance, and where you know you need to train hard to stave off the worst of the inevitable Christmas excesses.



Cross Training for your marathon

Cross training is used by many pro-athletes including Mo Farah and Galen Rupp to enhance performance, increase strength and keep the body in balance. 




Taping Yourself Out of Trouble

One of the tools used to ease symptoms of injury is taping. A kinesiology tape is applied directly to the skin to reduce pain and inflammation, and even to enhance performance.




How to Avoid Hitting the Wall

‘The wall’ is every marathon runner's nemesis, that dreaded fear before any running training begins.  

Follow top tips from The Running Bug and never find yourself hitting that imaginary block of bricks again.




How should each run feel?

Have you ever left the front door not sure at what pace or speed to run at? You may have chosen to run one of your favourite routes through the park, over the fields or past certain landmarks but are you guilty of just running at a comfortable however you happen to feel pace and effort?



Core Stability for Running

Watch this great video from Body Rehab Studios about the importance of core stability in your training and to help avoid injury.


Getting on track in January

The New Year is now well under way and the roads and gyms are now packed with runners, resolutions firmly in their pockets, aiming to get fit or get training for that key spring goal. This article gives a few tips on how to get going if you’re feeling a bit behind…



Fluid and Fuel advice

Read this helpful info and advice from our experts about how to take on fluid and fuel (energy gels and drinks) in your training and on race day.



Training Meal Planner

Official nutritionist for the Brighton Marathon Weekend, Nick Morgan, has put together some helpful advice on planning your meals to support your training. How, what and when you eat is an important part of your training, and if you get it right, can increase your efficiency and performance no end.




A 'how-to' guide for injury prevention

The marathon is slowly creeping up on us! As you begin to increase your mileage it is so important to look after your body now so it will look after you in April! Avoid the setback of any potential injuries early on and don't suffer in silence. Body Rehab Studios is here to address any issues to make sure you're putting your best foot forward as you plod the pavements.
Here is their how-to guide for avoiding running injuries...

The Marathon Begins at 20 Miles

Official Coach for Brighton Marathon Weekend has written this great article about the final miles of the marathon and how to keep your head, and reach your goal...



Ibuprofen is NOT your friend

Read this helpful article that looks at the dangers of taking Ibuprofen when long distance running, courtesy of Dawn Buoy of Body Rehab Studios, official phyiotherapist for the Brighton Marathon Weekend.




Foam Rolling

Watch this great video from Dawn of Body Rehab Studios, showing you how to use a foam roller in your training for injury prevention




How to Train The Easy Way

For many years traditional training schedules have described workloads based around mileage and volume. 'You can’t run a marathon unless you regularly run 20 miles every Sunday and you have got to run 100 miles a week at least'! These were the old schedules from the Iron Age. 

Life is busier now and we all chase time every day. You really can run a successful Brighton Marathon on just three runs a week if you are clever and the runs contain the key ingredients.

Official Coach, Nick Anderson gives you some invaluable advice on how to train the easy way.



Surviving Christmas

The Christmas period is a busy one for all of us. Finding time to run along side the Christmas parties, work emails and last minute late night shopping trips isn’t easy. Training is normally scheduled, we all have our preferred times of day we like to go out and train, however during the Christmas season routine will be broken and change in training will occur. 

The Long Run

Perhaps you feel you are on track but are not sure how to continue the fitness gains you have already made. As January moves along, long run becomes more of a focus in our training plans. Here are my top tips for getting this key element right in your marathon prep.



Five Most Common Injuries

It isn't unusual to acquire an injury during your training. The body and legs are put under a considerable amount of strain as you cover longer distances. Physio Dawn Buoy, has put together this great article that identifies the five most common injuries and what you can do about them.



Adjusting Nutrition as you Taper

The final stretch – Adjusting your nutrition as you taper

It is just a few weeks from the big day, and you ‘ll be starting to make those final adjustments to your training. As you taper and reduce your training volume and distance you may be thinking about whether you need to change what, and how you eat. After all you want to feel good on race day!



Final Training Advice

In the final week before the race, Nick Anderson our Official Coach has these great last minute tips for you.





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