So we’ve conquered all of the other races – 5K, 10K, half-marathon… now, it’s time for the big show: our very first marathon!

Marathon training doesn’t have to exclusively be about the running. We encourage to include a combination of cross-training and strength training to the schedule a few days a week

It is important to follow a strength-training program that will prepare us to conquer the 42K

Strength training programs need to be progressive. Keep your exercise selection small, and master the moves. Keep your strength-training volume low—two sessions a week—as running is the main priority during this time.

This mix of  exercises in the video below will help improve strength and performance.

For many athletes, pre-competition hydration routines tend to be adjusted around one main goal, we must avoid dehydration.  Dehydration has been proven to negatively affect performance and sweat rates can easily exceed the body’s ability to absorb fluid so starting an event ‘topped up’ makes logical sense.

Apart from drinking a lot water we are also hydrating with aloe vera juice by Herbalife Nutrition. Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that may help protect your skin.