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London Marathon 2020 Training Updates

Whether you are a seasoned runner or this is your first marathon we will be here to support you and help you get to that starting line.

Each week we will be posting training updates from our training partner Phil Roberton at Fitness Aspirations. If you have any specific training questions you can email Phil directly and he'd be happy to help. 

Don't forget to join the team Facebook and Strava groups to connect with the rest of the Pancreatic Cancer UK team and together we will take on the London Marathon 2020!

  • Hi team,

    Well, normally, with 16 weeks until London Marathon race day, we would be talking all things training plans! But things are very different at the moment.

    Until we hear an update on the 21st June, we need to assume the event is happening.

    Having an unknown goal (4th October) can really impact on motivation. We need to understand that motivation isn’t linear, and this is ok. Now when we don’t have motivation, then we do need discipline when working towards a goal. Again, I completely understand this is tough at the moment, when we are all struggling with the unknown, anxiety, overwhelm, personal difficulties, etc…

    This is why I don’t want to come at you now with a narrative of “you SHOULD be training”. Firstly, when we say ‘should’ do something, it can drive anxiety and negative emotions when we don’t accomplish something.  Also, many of us need be really careful with the training loads we put on our bodies. Training is stressful (it’s a good thing), but we need to be really aware of how we are feeling day by day.

    If we are due to be doing an interval or tempo session, but feeling a 2 out of 10, you are far better off dropping the pace, the demands, or even a walk/run protocol. There is a difference between exercise and training, and we do need to apply them differently.

    We’re all waiting for the update, and we’ll be supporting you throughout your journeys to the startline of the London Marathon!

    Please get in touch if you need anything in the meantime, we do have a lot of planned content for you.

    Stay safe,

    Phil