What a beautiful day for a run? It’s your first marathon that you have signed up for and your knowledge about marathons are limited only to the ones you have seen on TV’s or witnessed a cross country race right in your neighborhood. Piece of cake, right? How hard can it be to run 27 miles? It will be tough unless you have been practicing days before the race. You need to have the energy to keep running or you won’t be able to get up from bed the next day. If you’ve never done it before, it can seem appalling but with the right practice you will be able to ace the race. Here’s a few pointers to guide you on your first marathon.
Fuel your body
Your body is your vehicle. It needs the fuel to race for a long time. It would be impossible to keep up with the pace if you haven’t practiced your running. You can’t just expect to show up on the day of the country race and wait for your legs to do all the running. It’s important that you have enough practice before the day itself. The first question you need to ask yourself before you actually start practicing your run is, am I fit and ready? If you haven’t really thought about it, then it’s time that you start looking for a personal training in gym to help you get in shape for the big race. You can have a one on one discussion with your coach as to what to improve in you to be ready for this race. Additionally start running 5-10 miles per week and gradually increase to 10-20 miles per week and keep increasing thereafter. The more you keep your body working, the more your body will be ready to run for 27 miles or more.
If you thought running a marathon is only going to be for one day and that you don’t have to change your diet, you will find yourself panting and crawling instead of running the first half miles only. There’s only two simple rules, don’t eat too much to the point that instead of a cross country race you will be in a bathroom marathon every few minutes and if you eat little, you will find yourself taking only few steps and falling right on your face. Maintain a balance in your food and take in food that will boost your energy levels like proteins and a lot of eggs. There will be no point in your great boot camp in Wollongong at the fitness center if you haven’t been having the right food.
It’s important that you talk to yourself before beginning your race. Boost your self-esteem and not give up. Most of the people give up halfway through to the marathon but you are not going to be one of them. Talk yourself through and be ready to handle any obstacles. Keep your head clear and focused. You might get distracted and you might want to quit.