The London Marathon is now just days away, and by this stage you'll have trained hard for months, have all your high-protein diet plans organised and your running gear all broken in. But have you thought about your training plan in the days leading up to the race? We've rounded up some options.
With the London Marathon fast approaching, Bulgari Hotel London Spa is offering the ultimate marathon-training programme with Runner’s Legs in partnership with WORKSHOP Gymnasium.
Heralded as London’s premiere fitness destination, WORKSHOP has pioneered a new level of comprehensive workout techniques tailored to increase strength and endurance, along with essential nutritional advice to ensure maximum performance on the day, followed by fundamental guidance for a fast and effective recovery for tired limbs.
Combining 1-1 coaching with cutting edge recovery techniques, Bulgari Hotel London Spa presents Runner’s Legs, the ultimate marathon training programme, equipping competitors with everything required to conquer the greatest running challenge from training to recovery.
Guests enjoy a comprehensive plan carefully curated by the expert trainers at The Workshop Gymnasium using 1-1 coaching techniques to analyse and improve performance, suitable for everyone from complete beginners to accomplished athletes.
Following an in-depth assessment from a Workshop Gymnasium Performance Specialist, competitors will learn techniques to establish the perfect running posture including foot strike and running stride along with essential advice on how to maintain performance during the race.
The integrative programme will further include plyometric training to increase strength with essential nutritional advice to ensure maximum performance on the day. This is accompanied by fundamental guidance for a fast and effective recovery.
To compliment the extensive training sessions, runners can relish a series of therapies from The Bulgari Hotel London Spa’s specialists, incorporating pioneering techniques to release tension and stretch muscles, reducing the risk of injury and accelerating performance.
Specific modules include:
Fascia Stretch Therapy
Myofascial Release Deep Tissue Massage
The Bulgari Hotel London Spa Runner’s Legs programme also offers use of the full Spa facilities during training, including the 25-metre swimming pool, gold leafed Vitality pool, Steam, Sauna, Ice Fountain and relaxation room, and cutting edge training facilities in The Workshop Gymnasium.
With the April London Marathon fast approaching, Akasha Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Café Royal is now offering the ultimate marathon-training programme – Marathon Sanctuary.
In complete contrast from its rival marathon training programmes, Hotel Café Royal’s retreat works equally for the inner self and mind, in treatments such as a personalised Indian massage; Deep Tissue Sports Massage; De-Stress Muscle ice bath and meditation and mindfulness sessions in the Spa’s dedicated Meditation room.
Created in celebration and consideration of the athletes taking part in the London marathon, Hotel Café Royal’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre will introduce the Marathon Sanctuary – London’s ultimate training retreat designed specifically for the marathon weekend in April, fusing fitness, nutrition, nourishing spa treatments and the first ice bath available in a London 5 star hotel.
The new programme, which is overseen by the Spa’s wellbeing specialists in residence will offer hotel guests and day spa visitors alike the chance to improve their overall running performance whilst equipping competitors with the essentials for recovery and restoring equilibrium for tired limbs.
Available as a two-day programme or overnight retreat, the Marathon Sanctuary is in complete contrast from to its rival marathon training programmes as it works equally for the inner self and mind, where mindfulness therapies fuse with nutrition and relaxing spa treatments.
Prior to the race, a personalised Indian massage promises to take guests to new levels of relaxation through a combination of traditional Indian healing therapies and massage techniques. In the euphoric winding down moments, a Deep Tissue Sports Massage is a targeted treatment to assist healing in the connective tissue. Other retreat highlights include a De-Stress Muscle ice bath and meditation and mindfulness sessions in the Spa’s dedicated Meditation room.
Guests will meet with the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing team the day before the marathon who will create a tailored retreat incorporating:
Pre-Marathon, Saturday 22 April
An afternoon personalised Indian massage to rebalance the spirit by stimulating blood flow, equipping participants with the essentials to embrace personal wellness for the mind, body and soul
An evening meditation class to induce a deep state of relaxation and inner piece, helping to clear the mind before sleep
A healthy eating plan by in-house nutritionist Zoe Stirling based on individual needs, providing dinner in The Ten Room including dishes such as Angus beef fillet with buckwheat, butternut squash and broccoli; whole meal pasta, pesto and baby spinach
Marathon Day, Sunday 23 April
Breakfast in The Ten Room designed by Zoe Stirling, including meals focused around whole grains and oats for sustained energy throughout the morning
Post Marathon, a De-Stress Muscle ice bath will be available to really invigorate muscles for recovery
A high GI and protein led meal to replenish glycogen stores and to start supporting muscle recovery
Should a post-run muscle treatment be required, the Spa’s signature Deep Tissue Sports Massage is available, providing relief for runner’s legs
The retreat ends with dinner in The Ten Room designed by Zoe Stirling with high GI dishes including grilled chicken breast or salmon with pearl barley and kale