Best running shoes: Marathon trainer essentials

Entry for the London 2012 Marathon accepted? Well that's the first part done, now you need to get the training started. Grabbing yourself a suitable pair of running shoes should be your next move along with T3's experts' top marathon tips  

26 miles; that's what athletes from across the globe, both amateur and professional will have to face pushing  the body to the limit in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon. While it is commonly agreed that wearing a new pair of trainers is one of the cardinal marathon sins, if you are preparing to finish the London 2012 Marathon next year or any marathon for that matter, here's the tech-filled trainers to help you get to the finish line, plus some expert advice about tackling race day.

 

T3 Expert's top marathon tips

Paula Radcliffe, Marathon world record holder

"Don’t change anything in the build up to the race. Don’t wear new shoes, don’t wear new kit. Don’t go and eat at a new restaurant the night before. Don’t try a different brand of coffee in the morning. Just stick to things that you were used to in your training and don’t go off too fast because it is a really big temptation. It’s better to stick to the plan that then kick it up in the second half."

 

Steve Cram, former Olympic 1500m silver medallist

"The last 24 hours it’s about the fuel you put into your body, what you’re wearing on the day. Don’t try anything new, know what your planning is for the race, know what pace you is going to be at your first five miles and stick to it. The atmosphere on the day will make you feel, and think differently. The adrenalin can tend to let you get a little bit carried away with it.

Don’t set off to quick, because you’ll end up paying for it. If you’re going to be out there for a while, start drinking early. If it’s gels, energy bars, energy drinks make sure you’ve got that planned in well and start doing it early in the race, not when you’re in trouble."

 

Kelly Robinson, Clinic Director and Physiotherapist, SIX Physio

1/ Have the right music on your MP3 - not too many BPM at the start

2/ Get your name on your t-shirt so the crowd can shout your name

3/ Don't tie your laces too tight and double tie them

4/ Don't get vibed out about too much stretching before save it until the end

5/ Don't drink too much too fast at the end

6/ Stay warmer than you think you need to be at the end

 

‘Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe and former Olympic 1500M silver medallist Steve Cram led a Nike run club through the streets of London to launch the new Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom. The Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom provides athletes with the most dynamic and motivational running experience in the world thanks to its unique functionality, beautiful design, and direct connection to www.nikeplus.com. Find out more at www.nikestore.com. RRP £179’

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