In the run up to a marathon you often see what to do in the week prior…What about what not to do?

– Anything different! Unfortunately when I was getting ready for a race I would often be going stir crazy so find other things to do. As a swimmer I would go for a run and hurt my back. Then when I got into rowing I went to a driving range and strained my forearm! The caged animal is supposed to allow us to perform better but sends us mindless in the meantime.

– Get a massage. Now I’m all for soft tissue work in the run up if your body is used to it. However it can be fairly traumatising to your body if you’re not. I try to advise to get your Massage early in the week if possible and think of how you usually feel afterwards. If it takes days for the soreness to go would you want to take that to the race with you?

– Rest. Now I’m all for rest and recuperation, but if when you do stop you go into decline you need to find the right balance.

Remember, we are all different. Everyone prepares differently so be careful who and what you listen to. Usually your body knows best, even if your mind tries to convince it otherwise!