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Half-marathon: Exercise before event

In the lead up to the half marathon, a combination of long distance running, Fartlek training and interval training should be progressively increased in the months leading up to the run. In tandem with carbohydrate loading, this intensity should taper off in the last week before the race. You might think that this might mean you do not have to exercise in this last week but in fact you should keep your long distance running frequent whilst tapering off minutes on the Fartlek and interval training. This way will allow your body to recover after the months of training. In the 24 hours before the run, carbohydrate loading is promoted and more significant after an intense aerobic bout. This can be achieved through a 30 minute session of high intensity interval training session (10 seconds of high intensity sprinting:50 seconds of moderate-high jogging) which allows your glycogen stores to deplete and be ready for a considerable carbohydrate load.

Please do not hesitate to ask any of the 6x team if you had any questions in regards to the preparation and lead up to the half marathon. Good luck to everyone participating and hope you do well!



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