Scottish marathon champion Ross Houston and various top fitness experts will be on hand to give advice to long distance runners as Edinburgh Marathon Festival host a running workshop in the Scottish capital this month. The event takes place on Friday 23 November at 7:15pm at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road in Edinburgh and will give runners the chance to get professional advice on every aspect of marathon preparation including training plans, nutrition, injury treatment, prevention, and tips on how to stay motivated.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, Neil Kilgour, said: "This is an invaluable resource for runners of all abilities. It's an unrivalled chance to get all the experts you could possibly need in the same room at the same time to answer your questions.
“Running a marathon or a half marathon is quite possibly among the most daunting physical challenges you'll ever take on. Only around one per cent of the population will ever run a marathon so if you've entered Edinburgh marathon then you're already among an elite by setting out to do this. And if you've not entered yet, then there is still time to do so. It's brilliant to get some support along the way on your journey towards crossing that finish line."
Houston, 32, who recorded a personal best at Edinburgh marathon in May, finishing fifth overall with a time of 2:21:01, will be there to chat to runners on career challenges. The Central AC runner set out a confident marker for the 2014 Commonwealth Games when he raced home first at the Loch Ness marathon in October, setting another personal best of 2.20.24. It secured him the Scottish men's national marathon title for the second year in a row.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival retail partners, Run and Become, will be on hand to offer advice on all things marathon. They will be providing natural gait analysis to help runners find the right shoes to suit their unique style.
Alex McEwan, UK athletics level three endurance coach with Edinburgh AC who coaches everyone from beginners to experienced club runners on distances from a 5K to a marathon will be on hand with training tips. Rochelle Vita, a gym instructor at the Royal Commonwealth Pool with 10 marathons under her belt, can advise on how to develop a gym programme to support a running training regime. She will give advice on exercises to build up leg and core strength, maintain flexibility, boost endurance and avoid injuries.
And Guy Van Herp, a chartered physiotherapist based at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh will advise on protecting your body from running injuries as well as the best steps to take if you are injured.
Staff from GSi Events, the organisers of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival will be present to answer questions about the EMF race weekend on May 25 and May 26 2013, which you can also enter on the night. It's a reply only event so you must email firstname.lastname@example.org now to reserve your place. There is expected to be a high demand so places are issued on a first come, first served basis.