Marathon countdown

We've teamed up with The London Marathon, combining their top training tips with our nutrition expertise to bring you the ultimate, month-long countdown to run your best race ever.

Your complete four week plan...

This week you should...

Four weeks to go...

Food to boost performance and your longest run yet
With just four weeks to go, your training times should peak this week. Aim to run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for 50 minutes each time, before completing your longest run (around 20 miles) on Sunday. Use this as a dress rehearsal for the marathon and let the excitement build!

Three weeks to go…

Nail your nutrition and begin to reduce long runs
After your longest run last week, you’ll want to start reducing your run times now to conserve energy for the big day. Aim for 40 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday, 50 minutes on Friday and 90 minutes on Sunday. Don't be tempted to do more or you risk being sore and tired on the start line.

One week to go…

Seven days to success
Take the guesswork out of meal times with our seven day marathon meal plans, and get inspired by Paula Radcliffe and Michel Roux Jr's top tips for race day. Keep training to a minimum, The London Marathon experts recommend 20 mins on Tuesday, 30 mins on Wednesday and 10 mins on Friday - and use any spare time to rest and relax.

Two days to go...

Load up on carbs and plan ahead
If you’re following a carb-loading strategy, now’s the time to start upping your intake. To ensure you arrive at the start line in a serene state, plan your pre-race breakfast, transport arrangements, and lay out your clean kit so it's all to hand.