Everyone seems to want to run a marathon these days, but few realize just how much practise and endurance it takes to successfully complete one. A marathon can be 26.2 miles of pain or 26.2 miles of pure pleasure depending on whether you trained sufficiently for it. With these tips, you’ll be more likely to finish the run, and maybe even finish among the top 10%!
Many people believe it’s all physical. From experience, this is definitely not true. Like most endurance sports, running is 80% mental. You need to first believe you can run the distance before you can physically do it. Professional athletes go as far as to visualize their races to enhance their performance. They see themselves crossing the finish line time and time again, until they truly believe that they can. Like the famous saying goes: “If you think you can’t do it, you’re probably right. If you think you can do it, you’re probably right”. So start believing in yourself. The best way to do that is to go out and run!
Here’s a video which will show you exactly what to expect. It’s pretty funny to watch this before going out to run.
While have the latest technology isn’t necessary, it is vital that you have comfortable shoes on. The shoes should be sturdy but lightweight and your socks should be comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Do not buy new shows just before the race. Ensure you train in them to get used to them and avoid shoe-related injuries. If your running shoes bother you while training, it’s best to buy a new pair. Otherwise you will be in agony from the very start.
If you’ve never done a marathon, why not start with a half marathon or even a 5k run. This will build up your stamina and confidence. It’s best to build yourself up in stages and not push your limits too far. I see many participants quit halfway because they overestimated how difficult it can be, or worse get injured due to improper training.
Make sure you drink plenty. It’s easy to forget to drink, but dehydration can cause serious injury and impact your performance. You could use sport drinks to refuel your energy. You can either run with a drink or place drinks along the route.
I see many people run in cotton t-shirts. According to Runner’s World that’s a big mistake. Materials such as nylon will be much more comfortable and will let you breathe. As with shoes, practice running with your clothing first to ensure it doesn’t irritate you too much.
Whether you’re doing a 5k run, a half marathon, or a full marathon; following these tips will ensure you survive! You might even beat your personal record if you try hard enough.