What is the 'Make 1K Wet'?
Springtime is the season for marathons and training. It's just days before the London marathon, which takes place on Sunday 23 April, and both amateur runners and the world's elite are in training.
The traditional preparation method consists of three to six training sessions a week, working on pure endurance, and interval training sessions, plus a balanced diet and plenty of hydration. There is, however, an innovative and more complete method: the specific 'swimming' programme. This is why Speedo has launched its "1K Wet" programme which, after a little practice, produces the same performance time for 1 kilometre in the pool as for 5 kilometres running. In Swim2Run, the third episode of which will be shown during the London marathon, Eurosport follows two experienced runners who want to finish the race under the 3 hour 45 mark. Advised by former triathlon champion Annie Emerson, who devised the "Make 1K Wet" programme with Speedo, the two athletes took to the pool to put swimming as marathon training through its paces in a real live test.
What benefits does swimming have for runners?
Increased overall muscle strength - When swimming, you have to overcome the resistance of the water, and any effort expended in the pool makes a contribution to every muscle, from tip to toe.
- With swimming, both the upper and lower body develop equally. It strengthens the back and this means an optimised posture for running.
- Swimming strengthens the following upper body muscles: trapezoids, deltoids, pectorals, biceps, triceps, forearms, abdominal and back muscles.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Swimming: The key to dealing with a marathon