Train with Elana Meyer & Woolworths
(30 Jul 2020)

CT marathon tips from Elana Meyer

Train with Elana Meyer & Woolworths 

The Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon will be taking place on the 18th October 2020. 

It’s going to be a race like no other. They're combining cutting-edge technology, live tracking, and dynamic 3D audio to track you along your own route, while you are also virtually tracked as if you are running through the streets of Cape Town.

This means you can run a 5km, 10km, half or full marathon anywhere in the world on 18 October 2020, and a unique race app tracking your progress in real time.

 

Elana Meyer's tips for training for the Cape Town Marathon:

WEEKS BEFORE THE RACE
1. Get a specific goal. For example, to  finish your first ½ marathon or 10 km; or a time goal eg. Run sub 2h for ½ marathon.
2. Follow a program.
3. Get a running buddy.
4. Choose beautiful running routes.
5. Put on your training gear & enjoy the journey as the “happy hormones” (endorphins) are released.
6. Fuel and refuel the body (before , during and after exercise) to replace the fluids, proteins, minerals and electrolytes with Woolworths' GO! Protein drinks.

MINUTES BEFORE THE RACE 
Like a racing car – you should have your own “engine warm up procedure“ when you line up or start a race!
Warming up before training/racing will prevent injuries and improve performance.
 
Dynamic,  rather than static stretching will improve range of motion and loosen up muscles, increase heart rate , body temperature and blood flow – you want to get blood to your muscles and get them ready to GO.

AFTER THE RACE 
Post race training & stretching helps your body to cool down gradually and improve flexibility.
Remember to breathe deeply and regularly.
Include hip flexor, thigh, hamstring,  ITB, calf, Lower back and glute stretches in your cool down. 

Sign up for the Cape Town Marathon here and happy running! 

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