Royal Parks Half 2015 Race Day Tips


ROYAL PARKS HALF 2015 RACE DAY TIPS

On Sunday 11th October, 16,000+ runners took part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, a magnificent 13.1-miler through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s and Kensington Gardens, and past London landmarks like Somerset House, Buckingham Palace and Royal Albert Hall, all on closed roads.

To help prepare for your next half marathon, journalist and BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis (pictured below), who ran in the Royal Parks Half, shows us how she trained and shares some top tips for race day success:


How Frequently do you run each week?

I run every morning with my whippet. He sets the pace and I puff along some way behind. On a normal morning I run for 40-60 minutes then end up in the Serpentine to cool down. I also do a good 12-mile or half marathon run every 10 days or so.

Do you Enjoy Running in Colder and Wetter Weather?

Funnily enough, I don’t mind running in bleak weather. I find it hard to start a run if it’s literally pouring, but if it starts raining once I’m out I do quite enjoy it! It’s the same with snow. I adore seeing the dog go crazy in it, which makes it easier for me to see snow as a novelty rather than slog.

What are your Top Tips for a Race Day?

I used to get paranoid about having a good sleep the night before. Now I realise that if you’re nervous and sleepless you can still do it, so don’t panic.

Don’t try anything new! Just stick with what has worked and what is comfortable. And wear socks to avoid blisters.

Finally, give your head something to think about. Make up a speech, a party guest list or something that occupies head space. Stamina is very rarely about your body and nearly always about how bored your mind is getting.

How Do You Squeeze Running Into a Busy Work Week?

I only run first thing because my children are out of the house by 7:45 each morning. It’s quite amazing to go for a two-hour run and still get to your desk by 10am. If I miss my first morning slot through work or an early start, I generally don’t make it up. I count it as a rest day instead.

How Do You Keep Hydrated and Fuelled During a Race?

I used to think that I had to stop at every single water station or I’d collapse. Now I realise that you’re broadly fine as long as it’s not scorching hot. I don’t really think about fuel until afterwards – then I go mad!


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