As the marathon season approaches it’s impossible not to regularly spot the hardened runner at the business end of their training programme. Out on the pavements whatever the weather, stocked up like a overladen mountaineer with hydration pouches and gels sticking out of every pocket and belt.
On the day of the main event your runners will be physically primed. They will have trained and got their body in shape, with near to a 20 miler in the bank already. They will have hydrated carefully in the days and weeks building up to the race. Their favourite, tried and tested carb loading meal dutifully consumed the night before. A good penultimate nights sleep (the night before is always a bit too restless to count on). Breakfast forced down past the vast kaleidoscope of butterflies two hours before the gun.
But are they in shape to represent you?