Running a marathon – a distance of 26.2 miles – might sound ridiculous, but with the right training and tips, you’ll be able to do it in no time. Here are the five best tips to help you prepare for the big race.
Find the right rear
The right gear varies for each person, and it might take some time to figure out which gear works best for you. As a beginner, we recommend a good pair of running shoes that you can wiggle your toes in, and shoes that feel snug but not too tight. A running store can help fit your feet and find the best shoes for you.
Invest in a light sports outfit that you feel comfortable in. In addition, consider running accessories such as a Flipbelt, a special running belt in which you can keep all of your personal items, from keys to your phone.
Your diet is important
Finding out when and what to eat before running can be confusing. Some people disagree, but many experts advise not to carbo load or over hydrate. Sticking to what you normally eat or drink a day before your run shouldn’t be a problem. Do not overeat the night before your race since it could mess with your stomach. Overhydration can flush out all of the nutrients you need to finish the race. During the day of your run, eating a banana or an apple 30-40 mins before running should give you enough energy to power you through, and won’t make you sick like a large meal would.
Nothing new on race day
When the day of the marathon comes, we advise you to use the same shoes you’re used to, the same outfit you used during training, and even to stick to the same diet. You can’t know how new items might affect your body during the race, so just stick to what works.
During the race, there is bound to be an adrenaline rush in your body whether it’s your first race or your 50th race. This adrenaline can sometimes push you to run a bit faster than your average pace, which can cause your lungs to burn and your heart to race. Many runners advise that you start the race slower than your average pace, and then you can pace yourself to feel great all the way through the race.
Self confidence and motivation
You’ve done the training and you’ve put in the hard work, now it’s time for you to relax and have fun during the race. Try to believe in the work that you did in order to get ready for your marathon – this will help you feel more relaxed. During the race, it is important to stay motivated, even when your body is about to give up. Try to set smaller goals for yourself along the way, such as trying to reach the next road sign, and the next. Before you know it, you’ll be racing toward the finish line.