March 10, 2021 2 min read
Committing to a marathon is a massive undertaking, especially for first-timers. Between rigorous training and the long journey ahead, both figuratively and literally, it is completely understandable to become intimidated or overwhelmed. Luckily, you’re not alone in this endeavor. Let us teach you a few ways to prepare for a marathon.
For the goal of running a marathon, you want to train and improve upon your mileage and speed so that you can meet—if not surpass—your goal to complete the marathon within a certain time limit. Develop a cardio routine for you to train with and adjust as your body improves and you’re able to run longer distances. You should implement this routine three to five days a week. To ensure you stick to that regular routine, think about investing in a treadmill or elliptical exercise equipment so you don’t need to worry about bad weather or finding time before it gets dark.
Knowing how to dress for the day of is just as important to make sure you can perform your best while minimizing any damage to your body. For example, your worn-out gym shoes may be comfortable, but will they protect your feet for an entire marathon? Invest in some quality shoes to give you the support your feet need to bolster your endurance and prevent a whole lot of pain the morning after.
Find a diet that will compliment your training regimen the best and never forget to hydrate. The night before the marathon is when you want to get your carbs in because eating a big meal right before the marathon will make you feel sick and bloated. The morning of, opt for an energy bar or something equally simple to fuel your body but not stuff it.
While any downtime may feel like wasted time during the training period, one of the most important ways to prepare for a marathon is to give your body a rest every few days. Pushing yourself too far beyond your limits can lead to some serious injuries that will prevent you from running the marathon at all. Rest days are also when you will see the fruits of your labor, as your muscles get a chance to repair and build upon themselves.
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