The marathon has slightly taken over my life, but I am enjoying the challenge and my training. I have learned quite a bit about myself and running over this past month and a half. Here are a few tidbits to share…
Stretching is necessary and important. Make the foam roller your best friend.
Cross train. I love biking!
Don’t skimp on shoes.
You will need more than one pair during training after logging all your miles.
Eat to fuel your body.
Accept help from family and friends.
A long run is much more fun when there’s good conversation.
You will want to sleep A LOT…like all of the time!
You will start most conversations with, “During yesterday’s run…”
Chaffing is NOT fun!
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Try out your marathon day food and gear ahead of time. I have found oatmeal and chia seeds work great for me, but it is different for everyone.
Find a training program and plan ahead.
Drinking beer counts as carb loading.
Although you’ll announce that this will be your only marathon, secretly you know that this is probably not the case.
Take days off each week.
A fuel pack is a MUST.
Experiment with hydration. I am a big fan of flavored coconut water.
There will be bumps in the road. Push through and don’t give up.
Find a cause important to you and use your training to raise money
or awareness to support that cause.
For me, it’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
This will also inspire you on those cool dark mornings when the last thing you want to do is run 8 miles before work!
Questions of the Day
What lessons in training have you learned?
Any advise for the rookie marathoner 2 weeks before race day?