So you’ve decided to run a marathon for the first time and you’re extremely excited about the idea of finishing a race. It goes without saying that you need to be in the best shape of your life to run a marathon. And to do that, you need to train hard! To help whip yourself into shape, we are giving you basic marathon training tips:
Developing and Following a Training Plan
You can’t go somewhere if you don’t know where you are going. Conversely, you can’t achieve your fitness goals if you have any plan. Start by working with a fitness expert. He will develop a roadmap to help you achieve your goals. If you don’t want to hire a trainer, then get self-help books or research online to know more about marathon training basics. Expect training to eat up a large chunk of your time.
Manage Your Time Well
We recommend creating a list of any activities you have to do outside of work hours. Get a planner and list all your responsibilities down. From there, figure out your training schedule. During training, your mind should be focused on one thing: to stay in shape. You have to commit yourself 100% to the training even when unexpected circumstances arise. In such cases, just check your planner once again and try to reschedule your workouts.
Track Your Progress
Using the same planner, start tracking your progress well. You want to track your mileage, cumulative time/pace, weather conditions, etc. especially if you are training alone. If you have a coach, Always ask for updates on your progress to see how far you’ve come in training. While there’s nothing wrong with working on your own, having a coach helps boost the accountability component of training. It’s also important to have someone motivate you to achieve your goals.
Do not Over-Train
If you think spending all day in the tracks will help you achieve your training goals faster, think again! Over-training is counter-productive because it increases the risk of injuries. Training too hard will also stress the leg muscles to the point of exhaustion. By the next day, you will miss training because your entire body is sore!
Listen to your body and listen well. If you’re starting to feel the strains of training, get some rest. Don’t push your body too hard or you won’t make it to the actual marathon.
Find support from people who share similar abilities and goals with you! You can invite a friend or a spouse to your runs to make training more fun. Having someone to support you during training is a great motivator too. Of course, motivation should come from within so don’t depend too much on other people to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Making Training Fun
Let’s face it, training is hard. It will push your body to its limits and squeeze out every ounce of strength you have left. So why not make training more fun? It’s a great way to stay motivated! Start by looking for new routes in your neighborhood or switching your day-to-day training time? Tweaking your goals slightly or keeping music on full blast also helps make training more fun.