If you follow endur8 on any of our social channels, then you will have been aware of our Facebook Live Q&A session we did with Team GB athlete and endur8 ambassador, Josh Griffiths. Following Josh’s success in the 2017 London Marathon, where he was the first Brit to cross the finish line with a time of 2hrs 14min and 49sec, he has raced in the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. From a relatively unknown club runner to a Team GB athlete, we gave you the opportunity to ask Josh anything running related giving you an insight into what it takes to get to the top.
The Facebook Live Q&A session took place in Swansea the week before the 2018 London Marathon and just a few days after Josh returned from The Gold Coast after competing in the Commonwealth Games.
“The Commonwealth Games were really tough, the temperature went up to 33° which might be nice if you’re sitting on a beach, but if you’re trying to run a marathon it is really tough. So hydration was a massive factor in that race and everyone suffered really badly so I was just happy to get to the end and finish in 15th place.”
“My main tip, if running in the heat, would be to make sure you stay hydrated. Not just during the race but start hydrating properly before the race. There are plenty of water stations so make sure you take a sip at each one and maybe throw the rest of the water over your head to keep cool”.
“I guess, being a Welshman, I quite like races in the cold because you don’t have any problems with overheating and you don’t have to drink as much. I like to plan ahead and train for different scenarios, so if I was racing in the summer I’m aware it’s going to be hot so I train specifically for that. Alternatively, if I’m racing in the winter, I train by running in the cold. You just have to prepared for any race scenario possible.
“I had a time target of 2hrs 16min because that would have qualified me for The Commonwealth Games. I thought, at the time, it was going to be a bit of a longshot but I trained well going into it and I was confident that I could do it. As the race went on, I felt better and better about achieving my goal and shocked myself when crossing the finish line in 2hrs and 14min. It just shows the training paid off.”
“The thing I like about training myself is that you can as specific as you want, you know how your body works and you know what type of training your body responds best to. It has its downsides as well, you’ve got to continue to motivate yourself every day because there is no one else there to push you out the door. It can be tough but I really like it.”
“The London Marathon was my first marathon and so I didn’t really know what to expect. I focused on my long runs and long sessions as the marathon is 26 miles so you have to train accordingly for that. My longest training run was 28 miles and I just focused on doing long sessions with intervals of 5k runs.”
“The app is easy to use and accessible. It has helped me learn how to fuel effectively especially on my long runs where I use it most. It helps me know when I need to take a gel so that I can train harder for longer allowing me to get more out of my training.”
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