Preparing for a Marathon? Try These 5 Tips
By Virginia Laird
As the weather begins to warm up, you may be considering taking in a long jog; better yet and much more impressive, the thought of tackling a marathon may be looming. While this may be tempting, there are many things to consider prior to registering for your 26.2-mile race. Participants and fitness professionals have put together a lengthy list of things to do while you prepare to train for your marathon. Some of these things include:
- Check your shoes
- Dress appropriately
- Hydrate as you go
- Train on various surfaces
- Run the entire length while training
Check Your Shoes
When exercising of any sort, it is best to make sure your shoes are in top condition. This means the shoes should not be worn out. Although many believe that shoes which are “broken in” are the most comfortable, they may actually be broken down. Marathon participants advise it is best to run an entire marathon distance in the same shoes you plan to run the real race in. Be sure your shoes of choice offer enough cushion and support to keep your feet pain-free while hitting the race path.
While you may not think there is anything wrong with jogging in a cotton T-shirt and a pair of sweatpants, running long distances in this can prove to be problematic. This material does not allow for any breathing room. Sweat builds up and stays in this material. Yoga pants and shirts made for running are best as these allow the sweat to escape rather than building up and keeping you moist your entire jog.
Hydrate as You Go
If you are one who generally runs with little to no need for a drink, don’t think you can manage an entire marathon without a hydration break. This does not mean to tank up, rather a small drink on the go can help keep your energy alive.
Train on Various Surfaces
You may love to jog on your local track. However, odds are that the marathon will be on a variety of surfaces, including roads. It is best to begin training on these surfaces as well. While you may not think there is any difference, your feet will know otherwise.
Run the Entire Length While Training
At some point along your journey to the final marathon, fitness professionals suggest it is wise to give the entire distance of the marathon a try. This can give you an idea of how well you will fare on the big day.
Now you are ready to get out there and get racing to your next marathon. Good luck and may you meet your best time yet!
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