3 Ways To Prepare for Your First Marathon
Is completing a marathon on your bucket-list? We can understand why! A marathon is not an easy feat but accomplishing this feat is a great feeling, mentally and physically. Running a distance of 26.2 miles is definitely something worth trying and bragging about for years to come.
In order to undertake this task, however, you must be fully prepared to prevent any kind of harm.
So you have already made the decision to do that marathon but how do you prepare mentally to take on this great feat? Keep a positive mindset and always aim for a positive outcome from the start of training right up to race day.
Take the time to map the course and envision yourself completing it. Familiarizing yourself with the course helps to reduce any feelings of anxiety and boosts your confidence on your big day. Many professionals will tell you that achieving the feat starts in their mind. Once you are confident that you can do it, you will.
Change Your Workout Routine
While you have to be mentally prepared before taking on your first marathon, your body has to be in tip top shape too. There are key muscles that you will need to build and work in to be able to run long distance. And, the more you train, the more you will feel the need to refuel. Be sure to eat the right foods to help your body recover and refuel and drink lots of water. Most experts suggest that a diet with a ratio of 3 to 1 protein to carbohydrate is a good choice while exercising. Be sure that your routine is verified by a certified fitness coach .
Increase Your Mileage
Preparing for your first big race will be different from your regular morning jogs or short-distance races. If you want to be able to successfully complete the marathon, you will need to start running longer distances to build your stamina and endurance level. Try to run longer distances than the distance for your marathon as often as you can.
Run longer distances as time progresses during your training, that is, increase the distance you run per day or per week. The more you train your body the more familiar it will become with running long distances. Do not try to go all out from the very beginning. By the time you get to the starter line your body is already used to running for long distances.
Of course, running and working out requires the right gears. You need to invest in the proper equipment to ensure you are not hurting yourself. For example, you will need a pair of the best running shoes suitable for the job. You can also find a fitness trainer to assist you with the right training plan for you, with emphasis also on your diet. Additionally, be sure to stretch before and after your training to 'warm up' and 'warm down' your muscles. Soothe sore muscles or inflammations with the cold water or heat when necessary.
Now that you’ve got all the tools you need for your big race, go ahead and knock 'em dead! Remember to always seek advice from your physician or doctor before attempting to make major alterations to your diet and exercise routine.