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Sonia celebrates her win in the Great North Run
The Great North Run, UK..next up was New York, USA

Alan Storey reveals what preparing for a marathon is really like

In the last few weeks before a marathon the number of miles run in a day is cut right down.

And that was certainly the case with Sonia.

This final period before the race is all about retaining the fitness you have gained in the 2-3 months of training.

But at the same time you need to have recovered sufficiently from those endeavours to produce the best marathon performance on the day of the race.

Sonia cut the mileage down to a maximum of 120 miles a week.

In the penultimate week that figure will go down to 90 and with five or six days to go it will be 60 miles.

Sonia holds baby Ciara
Who needs cross training when you've got these?
So it's a case of winding down, but not too much, and starting to focus on the race itself.

Some athletes get involved with cross training.

Look at Paula Radcliffe. She likes to do cross country skiiing.

But Sonia's got her own method of cross training.

And it's all down to her two children!

She spends a lot of time and energy running around after them. That's enough for anybody to be getting on with.

Only time will tell if Sonia decides to pursue this event any further.

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How Sonia will chill after the race
Week after: Run just a couple of times, especially if she has aches & pains
2 weeks after: Run more often but keeping the distances quite short
3 weeks after: Alternating between two runs a day and one run a day
Month after: Running twice a day but still taking it quite easy

What is cross training?
It's a method of preparation that is different to your sport. A rower for example would run or cycle. It's designed to work on your strength & stamina

Did you know?
Sonia has two children called Sophie and Ciara



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