“There is no substitute for running. I don’t mean shuffling and I don’t mean jogging, I mean ‘running’”.
Inside Sport find out why from Aussie Marathon running legend Steve Moneghetti, ahead of the Gold Coast Marathon.
“What normally happens is, people get to thinking ‘three months’; for some reason these 12 week-programmes seem to be the go, but to be honest, even that presumes you’ve done some sort of running. If you were to start preparing for the Gold Coast now from zero training base, you’re probably looking at the 10km, or if you were a freak, maybe the half marathon.
If you had the expectation of running a marathon off zero, that’s pretty ambitious. Even if you are a person who has done some running previously, you need to have some fudge weeks. A 12-week programme is great in theory. but then there’s work, family, occasions, etc.
What if you get sick or suffer an injury? 12 weeks suddenly becomes 16 or 17 pretty quickly. I often find that people will attempt the marathon off very little preparation. They do it once, they finish, it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their lives, and they go, ‘I’m never doing that again!’, which is bad because we want people to have a good experience and tell good stories.
The better prepared you are, the better your exercise will be on the day. A lot of people focus on how hard it is, how tough they’ve got to be on the day, how they need support out there. You don’t need any of that if you’ve toughed it out and prepared well.”
“There is no substitute for running as far as preparing for distance running goes. People say to me, ‘Oh, I’ll be right because I’ve ridden 100km on the bike every week for the past two years,’ or, ‘I’ve swam at the pool every morning for the last year.’ Nope. There is no substitute for running. Running is about taking your human body and lifting it and moving it in a forward direction. One thing I really stress is people need to actually lift that body off the ground. Walking? You’re minimally lifting it, but you’re not really getting the jarring and the shock. You need to do some running. The quicker you can transition into running, the better. I don’t mean shuffling and I don’t mean jogging, I mean ‘running’! “