FITNESS & DIET EXPERT
So as Britain’s running stars head off to Kenyan training camps ahead of the London Marathon and 2012, tedious stints on the treadmill seem even more unappealing than usual. But with more and more training add-ons available to compliment your running, there’s no need to go it alone this spring.
THE FULL MONTY
If you’re after the gold service in running add-ons in the lead up to your big event, Nordic Balance in leafy St James’ Square is working alongside running company Run and Become to offer their Front Runner Marathon Package. The package includes everything from gait analysis to injury rehabilitation. The best bit? It also includes a fortnightly massage and a 60 minute post race massage. One study measured the effect of three massages a week on one leg of study subjects vs no treatment on the other leg. The massaged legs gained 4 per cent of flexibility and 13 per cent strength. Another study found a 30 per cent reduction in post-exercise muscle soreness and improved recovery following regular massage.
THE RUN IN THE SUN
If you’re serious about getting a personal best this Spring, coached runs and one-to-one sessions may prove invaluable if not hard going. To take the edge off tough training, think about heading abroad aux elites. Stars Gym (www.starsgym.co.uk) isrunning a camp in the Algarve from 22 March-1 April that includes everything from coached runs to injury prevention and nutrition sessions.
THE CLINIC ON YOUR DOORSTEP
If you’re time-poor and still paying off the Christmas Amex bill, Pure Sports Medicine have just the solution: complimentary marathon evenings. Its Injury Management and Last Minute Tips event will be held on 28 Feb at the Canary Wharf clinic and 29 Feb at its Threadneedle St clinic. With sports doctors and performance coaches on hand for you to pick their brains, this is a must-do for Feb. www.puresportsmed.com for more info.