Always wondered how people ran continuously for hours without getting tired? Or did you just register for a Marathon with friends but aren’t sure how to prepare for it? Here’s a complete and quick guide to “How to Start Running a Marathon in 8 Easy Steps”.
- Choosing the Right Marathon: This is a crucial step to begin with. Choose your Marathon carefully including time, distance of the Marathon and the kind of track. As this is your first Marathon, don’t experiment with the track and enrol for a Marathon with a flat track. Wonder what’s the relation between time and choosing the Marathon? Our next step will clear this doubt.
- Train Right: Marathons aren’t an overnight event. You need to train well and right, to stay physically fit and to Run a Marathon like a Cakewalk. It is important to remember that Running in your daily routine and running a Marathon aren’t the same and hence their training varies too. This is the reason we told you to take care of the time when choosing a marathon. Ideally, choose a Marathon scheduled to be held at least 6 months later such that you have ample time for training.
Tip: Avoid overdoing it! As a new runner, learn to listen to your body. If you are feeling achy or tired, take a day off. Hire a professional trainer if needed to train right. Also, find a Running partner to make training fun.
- Eat Right: Your diet plays a great role while you are training for a Marathon. Make it a point to have eat small meals every three to four hours during the day that include a healthy balance of carbs, fats, and especially lean protein from foods that give you the most nutrients per calorie. Chart a meal plan or take professional help. Eating right doesn’t only imply during training but even on the Marathon day.
Tip: Consume Less alcohol while increasing intake of greens, oily fish and quality protein foods, with sufficient fluids. Also, avoid high Carb diet.
- Sleeping Matters: It is important to sleep well. Since you are working hard to train for the Marathon, your body needs proper rest to avoid any injury.
- Choose the Right Shoes: Planning to clean your old shoe in the washing machine? This is a big NO! We are not giving a washing machine tip but we are trying to tell you that wearing your old and regular running shoes at the Marathon is a big NO. When you’re choosing a new pair of shoes, your pronation level is the most important aspect to think about, but you shouldn’t forget the fit of the shoe, your speed, weight and running style.
Tip: If you are heavier runner go for shoes with extra cushioning such that there is less stress on your lower legs & you have a comfortable landing. Also, since you are running a long distance, choose shoes with a breathable mesh to avoid sweaty feet and blisters.
- Stop Watch: Marathons are timed events. While training and even at the Marathon, use a stop watch to keep a track of distance you are running. During training; this helps you in understanding how well your training is and its effects, while on event day- this helps in you competing with your own self.
- Wear it Right: This is another important factor to take care of. Wear dry fit clothes such that it soaks all the sweat you shed while running. After all, you don’t want to end up with clothes sticking to your body as they will make you uncomfortable and cause prickly all over the body. Running with open lose hair looks classy only in movies. Tie your hair into a bun or a pony and wear a sweatband on your head to not be bothered by sweat dripping from your head to your face especially eyes.
Tip: women should wear a sports bra to avoid uncomfortable bra pinches. For heavy busts, most sportsperson wear a regular bra and then a sports bra to add extra support.
- Take it Easy: Yes, this is one and the foremost thing to be taken care. Don’t pressurise yourself in terms of training and even on the Marathon day. Relax! And take it easy. If you are running alone and enjoy music, plug in your headphones, insert your phone into an arm band and run while enjoying music.
Tip: Most Runners love hearing “Getting strong now” and “Eye of the Tiger” from the famous Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky.
Isn’t it amazing, how these 8 quick steps can help you prepare for the Marathon? We too thought Running a Marathon would require a long list of steps and were amused to know it’s all about a few steps.
Now all you need to do is visit https://www.meraevents/running-events and Register for a Marathon you want to participate in.