Outdoor Series: Do's and Don'ts for Running Your First Marathon

Many of us turn down the opportunity to run marathons because we are either overwhelmed about running 26.2 miles on a Sunday morning or we’re simply not sure how to get involved in training for such a task. If you’re contemplating running your first marathon, don’t let your thoughts come in the way and give this activity a chance!

Running a marathon takes determination and lots of training. While it does involve a lot of hard work, the feeling of accomplishment you get from completing the race overpowers any other feelings of negativity you might have against it.

Do’s and Don’ts: Running Your First Marathon

From dieting to spending the time to train for your run, it is important to get the right fuel and the right amount of practice before the big day.

Do start your training early

If you have just signed up for your first marathon, it is recommended to start your training at least 16 weeks before the main event. This gives ample time for you to keep up with your progress and understand how your body works as you track your runs.

Don’t eat too many carbs

While carbs are good to fuel up on, make sure to avoid junk food and stick to rice, pasta, fruits and veggies instead. Only increase your carb consumption by 10 percent to avoid the carbs turning into fat after all the energy has been used up.

Do stay positive

Positivity goes a long way when it comes to your marathon journey. It’s normal to feel frustrated when you think you’re not making any progress, however, focus on the race and focus on doing the best you can. The rest will fall into place.

Don’t wear new shoes

What you wear on the day of the marathon should be tested and ran in the weeks before your race. We all know the pain from breaking into new shoes, and running your first marathon should be done with comfortable and reliable shoes that you have been training in.

Do check your gear

Make sure to check all your gear and equipment a couple of days before the marathon. You want to avoid the stress of running into every store to find what you need for the big day.

Don’t over hydrate

While drinking lots of water is a good thing, only drink until you feel your body has had enough, not how much you think it needs. Otherwise, you might be making too many pit stops along the way.

Do go for a gentle run the day before

While your body needs to take it easy the day before the marathon, a gentle, easy run will help your muscles relax and take away any stress you may have prior to the race.

Don’t run alone

If running by yourself seems boring, grab a training partner and allow them to motivate you to run. Running buddies can be a good way to compete and give you some company as you embark on this journey.

Do reward yourself

Whether it’s your favorite meal or a filling smoothie, give your body the reward it deserves after completing the race. This is a big accomplishment and you deserve to reward yourself with all the food and drinks you like.

Don’t skip out on your post-run stretch

Make sure to perform post-workout stretching exercises to loosen up the muscles and prevent them from cramps and stiffness. Skipping this routine will only expose you to injury that could keep you out of the game for a long period of time.

Get Ready!

Running a marathon takes courage and a lot of determination. However, being proactive in your training and following the right nutrition will be extremely helpful in getting the results you want on the big day.

Don’t forget to slap on some natural sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun!

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Team, R. (2018, May 30). The Dos And Don’ts Of Running A Marathon. Retrieved from https://www.realbuzz.com/articles-interests/running/article/the-dos-and-donts-of-running-a-marathon/

Allan, P. (2017, February 08). Learn the Dos and Don’ts of Running Your First Marathon. Retrieved from https://lifehacker.com/learn-the-dos-and-donts-of-running-your-first-marathon-1792148589