13 Tips to a Strong First Marathon
There's nothing in the world like running your first marathon. It's filled with the mystery of a great novel and the nerves of your first day of school. Or as my family once told me, "that's a long way to drive in your car, let alone run!"
The key to running a strong first marathon is to remember the three "P's": Preparedness, Patience and Perseverance.
Here are 13 tips to help you run your best first marathon.
Developing a training plan for your first half marathon is no easy task. Even veteran runners need a schedule to prepare for race day.
Weekly long distance runs are essential to preparing your body for the endurance it will need on race day.
Whether or your race course is hilly or not, adding hill workouts to your training plan will pay off.
Staying active with other athletic pursuits while training keeps you fitter and helps avoid burnout.
Drawing down your training mileage in the last few weeks can help ensure you have the energy you need on race day.
Fueling your body for 13.1 miles requires thinking ahead. Not only on race day, but throughout your training program.
The best way to stay hydrated is unique to every runner, both before and during your training runs.
Advances in electronics and clothing over the past few years that have made running better than ever before.
Rest is just as important as running while training for a half marathon — for better and faster recovery.
Injuries can turn happy runners into miserable ones when they are forced to take days, weeks, or even months away from running.
Training for speed isn’t required, but it can help you improve your time on race day and feel stronger during your runs.
Depending on where you live, weather can be a help or a hindrance to your running and training.
What will the day of the race be like? Where will you store your gear, and where can you go to the bathroom?