Three-time Australian Commonwealth Games representative Pat Carroll has won the Gold Coast Marathon a record four times and has held the Australian half marathon all-comers record since 1994. So, you could say, he knows a thing or two about running. Here are Pat’s top 15 training tips to help you reach the start line of the Gold Coast Marathon in top shape, ready for personal glory:
1. Set a realistic goal
Lock in a goal that aligns with your fitness level and preparation time. Count backwards from your race date and work out an achievable outcome for race weekend.
2. Recruit your partner, friends and family to ‘Team You’
Make sure your loved ones are aware of your goals and training program. Having accountability partners will enhance your training and help you on those days when you’re scratching around for excuses. Plus, everyone loves a good support crew.
3. Leave your goal on the fridge
Remind yourself, your housemates, your family and your guests with a strategically placed Post-It note displaying your goal. You won’t forget what you’re trying to achieve when there’s a daily visual reminder, plus your support crew will be regularly prompted to keep you honest.
4. Look good, feel good
Invest in some brand-name quality shoes and apparel that fit well, are comfortable and made of colours you enjoy wearing. Your training will progress if you’re in the right gear and you’re happy wearing it.
5. Employ the buddy system
Find a training partner of a similar ability who you enjoy running with. Motivate each other as you share the journey to the start line. No one springs to mind? Join a running group and you’ll have a regular running mate in no time.