#TeamEP: Going for Gold Like #TeamGB


Here at Ellenborough Park, some of our staff have been preparing for the Cheltenham Half Marathon 2016!

Although thirteen miles of traffic-free, tree-lined roads might sound appealing – are we up for the challenge of running along them in the September sun? Well, over the past few weeks, we have been training our hardest and would like to share some of the top tips we have learnt in the lead up to the Cheltenham half marathon.

  1. Before starting your serious 8-12-week training regime, be sure to build a base of a five mile run – at the very least – before you start. Your body will need to be prepared before turning to longer distances!
  1. On days where you are planning on taking a break from running, cross train to target core and upper body strength. Try cycling or swimming to help you build strength and fight off fatigue!
  1. With that being said, make sure you get some rest in, too. If your body feels more tired than it should be, it probably is. Stop for a day or two.
  1. Find a training group so that on those days where you find it difficult to roll out of bed, group comradery will push you through those tougher training sessions and ever-increasing runs.
  1. Make sure you research the race. We are talking water spots, toilet breaks, inclines and which energy drinks might be on offer – the less surprises on the day, the better.
  1. As we all know, the arrival of British summertime doesn’t necessarily spell sunny days from start to finish, so be prepared to run on the road – not the treadmill! – come rain or shine. Although the gym offers light relief from the street, make sure you are training in a similar environment to the one you will encounter on race day.
  1. Although the sound of the crowd will be more than enough to spur you on, create an epic playlist. Think quick beats that you can run to and pumping tracks to get the heart racing.
  1. Keys? Travel card? Vaseline? Buy sportswear with at least one zip. You do not want to get home to find that you’ve lost your keys en route and are now locked out…
  1. Do not wear brand new trainers on race day. Either buy them before starting your training or don a pair of old ones – nobody wants to tackle blisters during a half marathon!
  1. Finally, train your brain! Negatives thoughts can get the best of even the most seasoned professionals. Face a mental wall in training? Learn to deal with it and you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way on race day!

Still after some more top tips? Here’s what Sian Thomas, our Assistant Events Manager at Ellenborough Park had to say about her Cheltenham Half Marathon training…

I am training 5 days a week, with a mixture of short and long runs. I am breaking up the training by doing spin class once a week for some variety. The thought of running 13 miles can be daunting. If you are not an experienced runner, start by doing intervals of walking, running, then walking. You can gradually build this up until you find yourself running further than you ever thought you could!”

If you are joining our staff in running the Cheltenham half marathon, then we wish you the very best of luck!

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