A marathon will test you physically, mentally, emotionally, and in some levels, even spiritually. But what’s so great about it is that you don’t have to be a professional runner to do it—all it takes is the willingness to put your body through the motions and the training required of it.
Here, a few tips on how to prep and what to expect during a race:
Don’t fall flat on the asphalt mid-race! Find the right training plan to build up your mileage and endurance so you can run the length of the race. If you’re a beginner, seek out an expert to help you create a plan that’ll take your background and experience into account. But make sure to incorporate enough rest to prevent overuse and injuries!
Eating the right food at the right time will help fuel you for the run and recovery when training. Experts recommend consuming foods with a 3-to-1 protein to carbohydrate ratio. You can also refuel using protein shakes or chocolate milk. Remember: don’t eat right before the race - it’s best to eat around 3 hours before the race to give ample time for the food to digest.
Don’t jump the gun with your running goals. Set a steady pace instead. Newbie runner? Don’t focus on finishing first - it’s already a big accomplishment to finish the race. Make it a good experience rather than trying to run too hard!
Get into a race-ready mindset. The confidence level you build up during training can influence your performance and outlook on race day. It will help you gain confidence, which will help you relax before and during the race.
When choosing shoes, runners should find a pair that is comfortable, light, and flexible. It's also important to get high-quality socks that are both comfortable and protective.
Committing to a training plan with demanding workouts can be tiring; and the last stretch of the race can be overwhelming—but carry on! Seeing the finish line looming up can rally you to see it through. Just remember to start out slow and steady and don't get discouraged.
Form your own cheering squad and get support and encouragement from friends and family to boost morale and keep you going until you cross that finish line!
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