Training like pros

A sports scientist for Tottenham Hotspur’s first team shared elite fitness tips with London marathon runners supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice last Friday.

With the marathon’s April 23rd date drawing closer, now is the best time to be stepping up the training schedule.

Generously making time for a session at the club’s stunning Enfield training ground, Alex Savva treated the marathon runners to the same warm up session and drills he gives first team players.
Alex, a club sports scientist, helped the runners work on developing lactic thresholds (managing exercise intensity) and injury prevention. He shared tips about training plans, and how to manage the stresses of marathon running.

He advised runners to go on two to three short runs during the week, followed by one long run at the weekend, slowly building up the long run every week by around 15 minutes.

The charity’s head of community engagement Jay Hunt joined in the hour-long session. He said, “The coach was really friendly, he put our runners at ease, despite the elite training environment.
“I know at least two of our runners are big Spurs fans, so they were even more thrilled by the chance to visit to the training ground. One of our runners had travelled all the way from Sunderland to take part – that’s how big a fan he is.

“But for everyone it was a huge treat to get tips from an expert trainer working inside the elite world of professional football. We’re extremely privileged to be the club’s charity partner, able to provide this experience to our supporters.

“We’re also incredibly lucky to have such dedicated runners fundraising for Noah’s Ark children. Barnet Mayor David Longstaff is aiming to raise £10,000; Richard Mellett is running in memory of his friends’ daughter; Nick Delasalle is running for Noah’s Ark because his employer Eversholt Rail supports us; and Middlesex University staffer Rebecca Shonfeld is working hard to raise £2,000 for us.

“We thank them all for their brilliant hard work on behalf of the charity.”

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