Running in a marathon is a big commitment. As such, for first-time participators, the journey and training plan can seem intimidating. However, while it may be nerve-wracking, marathons also boast many benefits; competing in a race—no matter the distance—boosts your physical and mental health and is a great way to meet new people. To ensure you reap these benefits, we’re going to help you get in the best shape possible. Discover the best ways to prepare for your first marathon.
Training for the forthcoming race may be the most important thing you do. Chances are, you will not be able to run a mile right away, so develop a routine for each week leading up to the marathon. You may also consider buying exercise equipment, such as a treadmill, to make training a bit more convenient.
You also don’t have to run every day—instead, aim for three to four days per week. You also don’t have to practice running the full distance either. Once you’re running the real thing, your adrenaline will likely kick in, helping you run the entire distance. However, you should still push yourself, build your stamina, and try to improve your time.
Don’t sport your dirty old gym shoes for your training. Before you get to work, upgrade your footwear, and invest in a high-quality running shoe. Running shoes can play a huge role in your training regimen by giving you the support you need and ultimately alleviate injury.
When you are training for the marathon, make sure you are eating smart and hydrating frequently. Carbs the night before the race will give you the necessary energy to complete the race. You also don’t want to try something new right before the marathon either. In fact, you will want to avoid a big meal before the race and opt for an energy bar.
You may be inclined to push yourself like crazy as you feel the pressure of the upcoming race. Doing so can result in serious injury—you still need to give your body the rest it needs. Choose at least one day a week where you can get full rest after a long week of hard work.
One of the best ways to prepare for your first marathon is to learn and practice various stretches. There are several movements you can make before and after you run than will help you avoid injuries during and after a long run. From static to dynamic, these stretches can do a lot for your legs after pushing them from constant running.
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