A marathon is a great way of doing somewhere worthwhile which you will never forget. If you feel like you need a new goal, it can be a great achievement when you run through the finishing line. But it’s not easy, and you need to prepare for months in advance. So only decide to do it, if you have the time and energy for the training.
You can check the local area for the next marathons that are happening and join today. Check out June marathons and see if there is space to join. It’s great if you want to do it for a charity that’s deep in your heart; it can spur you on while training, and when the marathon gets tough. Also, see if any of your friends would like to do it with you. Here are the top ways to prepare for a marathon.
Sort your diet
When preparing for a marathon, you need to make sure that you are eating correctly. There are some diets which are specific for marathons, and can help you get all the vital nutrients you need for your body. As this article says, you need to make sure you are eating a healthy amount of carbs. It can help replenish energy in your leg muscles. Make sure you keep your iron amount up as when you are exercising a lot, you can have iron loss. And make sure you are drinking lots of water!
Practice makes perfect
You need to make sure that you are practicing every week for the big marathon. Build it up slowly so that your body gets used to the training. As advised here, you should try and do a long run at least once every 7-10 days to prepare your body for the long marathon. Make sure you start early enough as a lot of marathon training recommends at least five months worth of training before the big day. You can consider getting a personal trainer for help and advice for your marathon training.
Get enough for sleep
After your hard training, you need to make sure your body is relaxed at night so that it’s ready to start again the next day. Rest will help to refresh your body and aid any injuries you may incur while training. You will feel more tired when you are training, so it’s important to at least get eight hours worth of quality sleep.
Train with a friend
It’s a good idea to find a friend to train with to help push you to prepare for your marathon. It’s helpful to encourage you to try harder to keep up with your friend, but remember your bodies are different, so still go at your speed. But it’s a great way to have some company, and you won’t be able to cancel as you will be letting them down!
A marathon is a great way of doing something worthwhile over the next few months, and you will definitely not regret it when you reach the finish line!
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