Keep on running... 10 ways to prepare for a marathon
If you are running a marathon and worried about the task ahead, we've got it covered. This helpful guide will provide you with the basics to kick start your marathon preparation and hopefully make it (a little!) easier.
1. Dress the part - Investing in the right gear can make all the difference to your performance. Treat your feet to a good pair of running shoes (or two!) by visiting a local sports store for specialist advice on the best pair for you. Ensure that they are lightweight but still provide enough support. Why not splash out on colourful tank tops or patterned leggings to brighten up your run and help keep you motivated.
2. Work your way up - Combining running and walking is a great way to ease your body into the routine and minimise the chance of injury. It is important not to overdo it, especially if you are just starting out.
3. Mimic the route – If possible, try and find out what type of surface you will be running on. For example, if the course is an area with lots of hills you will need to prepare for this by running somewhere similar or altering the incline on the treadmill.
4. Update your play list - Research has shown that listening to high tempo music whilst running increases motivation and overall performance. So when the going gets tough, stick on your favourite songs and keep running. Pharrell – Happy, is our favourite up beat song!
5. Be realistic - Setting realistic goals can increase your confidence and allow your body to adjust to your new routine. If you are a beginner then don't expect that you'll be able to do a 10k straight away!
6. Keep hydrated - It is important to replace loss fluids. Try to take a bottle of water or a sports drink with you to keep hydrated on the go. If you don't want to carry fluids, ensure that you take regular breaks.
7. Maintain a healthy diet - Eating right is key to maintaining stamina whilst running. Stock up on carbohydrate-rich foods, such as pasta, potatoes, bread, and fruit to ensure that your body has enough energy.
8. Train with others - Why not join a running club or train with friends to create a more social experience. You can catch up on gossip while you run to keep your mind occupied and share motivation.
9. Play games - Take your mind off running by focusing on the song you are listening to, tell yourself you will run until the end of a play list or sing along in your head. By focusing on something else you will surprise yourself with how many miles you've covered when you next check.
10. Recover! It is important to ensure that you have sufficient rest days so that you avoid injuring yourself. And get plenty of sleep..rest your weary head on your very own personalised Eat Sleep Run Repeat Pillowcase!
Whether it was for a sense of achievement or to improve your fitness levels, motivation is key and it is important to remember why you started. Follow this advice and hopefully you will cross the finish line with a smile on your face!
If you're looking for more inspiration check out Carly Rowena's blog for some great advice!
Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Dept)