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10 training tips from four-time winner Pat Carroll

Words: Pat Carroll

Originally published in Get It Magazine (February, 2015)

1. Set realistic goals

Lock in realistic goals that are current to your fitness level and time-frame to prepare.

2. Get buy in from your partner, friends and family

Make sure your loved ones are aware of your goals and training regimen. This will help with the support factor and accountability.

3. Put your goals on the fridge

This is to remind yourself and everyone in your house of the end goal and what you want to achieve so you have a visual, it stays top of mind and acts as a countdown to the event.

4. Get a running kit

Make sure you have comfortable clothes and shoes that you like. When you look good, you feel good too.

5. Find someone to train with

This will help you stay motivated and will mean you are less likely to forgo your training.

10km participant raises his arms in jubilation while running

Applying Pat Carroll’s 10 tips to your Gold Coast Marathon training will make you feel like this on race day

6. Set a realistic training program

Make sure this is suitable for you, your fitness level and age. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

7. Run somewhere enjoyable

Train in an area that you like, even if it means jumping in the car and driving for 20 minutes to get there.

8. Run in the morning

Get it out of the way so you can get on with the rest of your day. Afternoon or evening training tends not to happen after a long and busy day.

9. Lock in the same day for training

Have set days that you train; three to four times a week at the same time.

10. Be prepared for wet or cold weather

Have a plan so you stick to your training. Get wet-weather clothes or gear for when it’s cold so you can still train.

About Pat Carroll

Pat is a four-time winner of the Gold Coast Marathon (1983, 1984, 1988 & 1997) and an event ambassador. He is the Australian half marathon all-comers record holder (1:01:11) and three-time Commonwealth Games Australian marathon representative. The retired athlete resides in Brisbane where he operates his business Pat Carroll Online and Onland. Pat offers people of all ages and abilities specialised training programs across all distances.

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