Training Tuesday Update from Stuart Kennedy 22 January

22 January 2019

#TrainingTuesday update from Stuart Kennedy, the Official Marathon Coach for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon “Experiment 26.2 Group”.

With 15 weeks to go to Marathon Sunday it’s important that keep your training routine going no matter what the weather is outside. Below are 10 tips that will keep you safe and warm in cold weather. 

  1. A base layer: the first layer, such as a breathable synthetic fabric to draw the sweat away from your skin.
  2. A mid layer: such as a fleece to keep the warmth in and remove any moisture from the base layer.
  3. An outer layer: such as a light water-resistant jacket: to expel moisture and protect you from the wind and rain.   
  4. Full length running tights will keep you warm if they get wet they don’t get heavy and dry quickly.
  5. Warm up inside to raise your body temperature so the cold weather isn’t a shock to your system.
  6. Keep your head and hands warm and dry with a hat or buff and gloves.
  7. Make sure your running shoes have grips or non-slip souls i.e. trail shoes or off road shoes a good.
  8. Get yourself seen, always wear bright reflective running gear or a specialist reflective running top or hat.
  9. If it’s icy don’t run on the roads and risk an injury, go to any of the BETTER gyms in Belfast & cross train or use a treadmill.
  10.  If you don’t carry a mobile phone,always tell someone at home the route you are running & the time you expect to be home.


With just under 15 weeks to go until Sunday 5th May, how is your training going?  Need a little help?

Stuart can provide a tailored training plan for a Marathon, Half Marathon or to run a “leg” of our Team Relay event.  Contact Stuart via our website here: