Top Tips for running The London Marathon

Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Top Tips for running The London Marathon

The London Marathon is just around the corner and if you’re lucky enough to have a place, you’ll want to make sure you’re well prepared. We’ve compiled a list of handy tips to help you get through it all, or any other long-distance race.

The current London Marathon was founded in 1981 by former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley. After completing the New York City Marathon in November 1979, Brasher was inspired by the event and wondered if London could hold its own. Brasher and Disley made several trips to America to study the systems set in place for marathons organised in the US, before eventually signing a deal with Gillete to the sum of £50,000, thus, the London Marathon was born. Fast forward to today and it is one of the most important marathons of the sporting calendar, rivalling that of The Berlin, New York and Boston Marathons. London’s iconic city landmarks and well-laid roads make it an incredible event to take part in/witness.

The London Marathon can however, be a difficult nut to crack, not only because of the distance, but just getting entry into the race can be a challenge. Entrants either have to be entered through a charitable or corporate organisation, be part of an affiliated running club, be a registered professional athlete, or gain access through a public ballot.

Here are some handy tips to get you through the day, and even if you’re just a spectator, you may want to take note of some of these too.

 

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Consider wearing contact lenses

If you require a prescription, we recommend wearing contact lenses, as running a long distance with glasses could prove difficult. Unlike sports sunglasses or googles, prescription glasses are not necessarily built for high endurance activities that require a lot of movement. The last thing you want is for your glasses to fall off midway during a race.

We recommend wearing a daily disposable lens such as Dailies Total 1. This silicone hydrogel lens is highly moisturising for the eyes, offering comfort and hydration throughout the day. Wearing a highly-moisturised lens will prevent you from ending up with dry and irritated eyes, which could also be distracting while running.

If you’re not a regular contact lens or daily lens wearer and don’t want to buy an entire supply of daily contact lenses, try our our comfi trial pack instead. The value-for-money lens offers UV protection against the sun’s harmful rays and has a water content of 58%, providing all-day hydration and comfort.

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Protect your eyes

While normal glasses may slip off during the race, sports sunglasses are made for high endurance activities such as long distance running and are often worn by elite athletes to protect their eyes from the sun and possible debris.

Nike, Bloc, Dunlop and Oakley are some of the most trusted names in sports and offer great options for both men and women.

We highly recommend glasses such as Nike Skylon Ace XV Pro EV0863 Matte Black 208 or Oakley Flak 2.0 XL OO9188-05 Polished Black , which feature larger UV-filtered lenses, offering your eyes greater coverage and protection against the sun. Oakley’s sunglasses showcase a lightweight O Matte frame that guarantees all day comfort, while the High Definition Optics technology ensures exceptional clarity and sharp vison throughout the race.

Equally reliable are the Bloc Scorpion Shiny Black P301 Polarised sunglasses, which come with an impact-resistant, polarised finish, providing full coverage and protection for your eyes. Specially designed for sports enthusiast, Bloc P301 Polarised lenses offer an exceptional level of protection, without skimping on style. The core injected temple tips of these wrap sunglasses are specially designed to be non-slip and adjustable, promising excellent fit and comfort.

If you’re attending as a spectator, you can browse our extensive range of designer sunglasses and pick a pair of stylish shades to wear during the day. The sun almost always makes an appearance on race day, so make sure to protect your eyes.

 

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Get a sturdy pair of trainers

The right pair of trainers can make a big difference to how you run a race. It’s often advised that you change your trainers every 300-500 running miles. Many brands make trainers specifically for running on the road. These are built with extra padding to help absorb shock and impact when running on a tough surface. Also consider running socks that come with extra padding on the soles and toes.

 

Keep extra items out of your hands

Put extra items in pockets or a body bag to give yourself the freedom of running with your hands free. Other than your water bottle, you ideally shouldn’t be holding onto anything else. Arm straps are available if you wish to hold your phone in place and consider wireless earphones to keep loose chords out of your way.

 

Stay hydrated

Remember to stay hydrated as much as possible. Slow down slightly when passing drinking stations to give yourself enough room to grab a bottle of water. Also try and make sure there is enough space between yourself and the next person to avoid crashes, and possibly attempting to grab the same bottle as someone else. We recommend starting the race with a disposable bottle as you cannot stop to refill your water bottle, so leave your favourite rainbow coloured flask at home.

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Slow and steady wins the race

You probably know this already as you’ve been training for a few weeks, months even, but in the hype and excitement of the moment, one can easily forget to pace themselves. Remember that you’ll get a lot further quicker by pacing yourself, as opposed to jetting off in a hurry. While they may run at an elite level, even professional athletes still have to pace themselves and you’re no different. Try not to pay too much attention to how others are running, or far ahead or behind you are. Focus on the goals you have set yourself and run your own race.

 

Whether it’s the London Marathon or any other race, remember to have a good time, stay focused and feel the moment. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t finish the race the way you wanted to, just as long as you finish. A full-length marathon is no easy feat and anyone who crosses that finishing line should be proud, regardless of where they finish.

 

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