You’ve been running for a while now and you’ve finally made the commitment and decided to run your first marathon. Whether you are doing the marathon as a personal challenge, to show you can go that distance or to test your physical limits, there are certain things you can do to make your journey more enjoyable.
A Great Training Plan
It takes some time to build up to running a marathon distance. Most plans require 12 to 20 weeks of training, depending on your physical condition when you begin training. Most training plans suggest running three to five runs a week. You should gradually build up your mileage to 50 miles a week. Once a week, you should include a long distance run in your training plan. Slowly build up the distance of this long run so that you run about 20 miles the week before the marathon.
Don’t Forget Rest and Recovery
Any smart marathon training plan must include adequate time for rest and recover. Your muscles and joints need at least a few days a week of rest in order to repair and regenerate. This will help to keep injuries to a minimum.
Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal will help you stick to your training plan and help keep track of your progress. If you prefer to keep it simple, you can write your running time and distance on your calendar. If you are more detail oriented, you may prefer to keep your progress notes in a written journal or online. You can document running time, distance, weather conditions and anything else you think is important.
Have a Sound Nutrition Plan
Since you will be increasing the miles that you run each week, you will have to plan to increase your calorie intake. You may want to keep track of your calorie intake to make sure you are eating enough. If you are not taking in enough calories, you may not have enough energy to complete your runs. When you are doing your long training runs, you should experiment with different energy products. See if your body responds better to gels, bars or gummy energy chews. Make note of anything that causes stomach issues so you can avoid that during your marathon run.
As you begin to run longer and longer distances, it is extremely important to keep your body hydrated. Be sure to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. When you are running longer distances, it will be necessary to take water with you. There are several options available, including hydration backpacks, belts and handheld water bottles. Experiment with each of them and find out what works best for you.
Have the Right Gear
Running long distances can put a lot of stress on your feet. It’s very important to have the right pair of shoes and socks to ensure you will run in comfort. SmartKnitACTIVE Running Crew Socks have a seamless design. This design helps eliminates ridges and seams that can cause blisters. These socks won’t slip down and won’t cause indentations in your legs. It’s also very important to choose a running shoe that is built for your foot and your style of running. A local running store can perform a running analysis for you and suggest the best shoes for you.
Running a marathon is a lofty but achievable goal if you follow the above tips. Stay positive and follow your training plan. Get adequate rest and take good care of your body and you will be ready to go the distance on marathon day.