Inspired By The Marathon? Get Your Running Shoes On Now!

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The London Marathon is a huge annual event, and if you’ve been watching from the comfort of your sofa, then you might feel motivated to enter next year. Signing up for a marathon is not a decision to be taken lightly, and you’ll need to have time to train, as well as bags of self-motivation to keep you through the difficult stages of training. However, if you want to start running, here are a few tips to get yourself moving.

Start with 5k training

If you’re a complete beginner, or haven’t run for years, then a couch to 5k program is the best way to get started. There are lots of places online that go into the plan in detail, and even apps that talk you through the whole thing so it’s foolproof. If your end goal is to enter the London Marathon, then it’s worth trying a 5k race, then a 10k, and so on until you’re ready to tackle the big one.

Join a running club

If you need to stay on track with training, then a running club can help, and they aren’t just for the ultra-fit. Most running clubs have beginner groups, and you can then move into different categories as you improve. Having to go to a club once or twice a week can really keep you motivated, and make it harder to skip workouts.

Improve your fitness level

Running can be tough on your body, and those who already have a general level of fitness will find it easier to start a running program. Consider taking a Prestige Boot Camp course so you can get diet and fitness advice, and get motivated to reach your running goals. This will help you when you start your general marathon training.

Get the right shoes

Wearing correct running shoes has many advantages such as:

  • Protecting your joints from harsh impact
  • Keeping your feet comfortable
  • Proper arch support
  • Stability when you run


The right shoes make all the difference, and it’s worth investing in a decent pair. You’ll be able to find specialist running shoes online based on your needs, and buying from a specialist site means you’ll be able to choose shoes that have been specially selected for runners.

Wear the right clothes

When you’re starting out as a runner, a t-shirt and shorts will do, but as you run for longer you’ll need the right running gear. Whether it’s waterproofs for running in the way, or breathable fabrics for the hottest months, with the right running clothes you no longer have the weather as an excuse to not run.


Running a marathon takes a great deal of dedication and training, and not everyone has the inner strength to take on the challenge. However, there’s lots of advice around the web for those who decide to enter the marathon, whether they’re just starting out or are seasoned runners. Just make sure you are properly attired, get help with your fitness levels, and have a plan in place to meet your goal.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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