Free Expert Tips To Train For A Marathon Need advice to run a marathon? Or maybe you want to complete your 42km in a faster time? Check out these free expert tips and nutritional advice to assist your training.
Remember that your body can only adapt to a certain amount of stress within a given period of time. It’s easier to focus on improving one station of the test at a time rather than trying to improve all components at once. For example, a person trying to improve his 2.4km run and his broad jump will do better by focusing on one first, then the other.
If you’re overweight, inflexible, weak or injured, there is no way to fix all these things at once. However, if you have only one area of weakness, it can be addressed in about eight weeks.
Always prioritise strength and power training over endurance training. Strength and power is much harder to gain, so it should be first on your training checklist. For example, during your BMT there were many guys who were able to improve their timing for the 2.4km run from 12 minutes or more to just over 10 minutes plus. That’s nearly a 20-per-cent improvement. But only a handful were able to make a 20- per-cent improvement in their standing broad jump, from say 200cm to 240cm.
In my opinion, the hardest station to improve is the standing broad jump, followed by the chin-up, shuttle run, sit-up and finally the 2.4km run. To improve your overall IPPT performance, train for the hardest stations first.