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31 Tips For Running A Marathon

Aug 17, 2007
Running a marathon, whether you are doing it for charity or for your own health and fitness levels, can be very rewarding. Though popular, the marathon is perhaps the toughest among all of the races. Sincere effort from the part of the runner is highly important to ensure success in running a marathon. Below you will find 31 tips to make marathon running eventful and successful.

1. The prime thing is to select a quality pair of shoes and socks to wear in the marathon. It is further recommended not to wear a new pair of sneakers.

2. Equally important is the selection of an outfit. It is always advisable to avoid cotton T-shirts for the race. Clothes made of such materials as coolmax and nylon are the most suitable choices.

3. Weather plays an important role in the marathon. Hence, start your training during the best weather conditions for your climate. Likewise, avoid running when it is too hot or too cold.

4. Marathon running is most suitable for those who have been running regularly for at least one or two years.

5. Prior to running a marathon, it is important to take sufficient training by running on similar topography.

6. Likewise, at least four or five days before the race, perform a two or three mile run by wearing your marathon apparel and shoes. This will help boost your confidence.

7. If situations are allowable, try to run at the same time of the day as the start of your race. The more you can perform this the more beneficial it will be on the day of.

8. Sometimes, you may not be able to practice due to bad weather. In such instances, it is better to continue training on equipments like the elliptical machine or a treadmill.

9. Tapering is one of the important aspects of training. It is highly vital to repair the micro-damages, store up glycogen, and overcome chronic dehydration. Tapering usually begins three weeks prior to the marathon race.

10. Before the marathon, make sure that your toenails are not too long, as it may be painful when they catch on your sock and your nail rips out.

11. Special care must also be given to your toes, particularly if you have hammertoes, in such cases, it would be better to use some kind of padding beneath your toes.

12. Try to free yourself from outside stress and tension in your life, at least a week before the race.

13. If possible, visit a doctor a week before the race. This will be helpful in getting rid of any problems like ankle or feet injuries and arch as well as heel pain.

14. However, it is better to avoid anti-inflammatory pills such as Advil and Aleve, while they may give temporary relief, they can sometimes lead to more serious problems.

15. As it is a great alternative for sore muscles, get a pre-marathon massage about a week before.

16. Invite your close friends and relatives to attend, as they can cheer you on.

17. Before the race, try to consume more nutritional as well as healthy foods. In addition, it is advisable to eat carbohydrates for dinner the night before.

18. Drink lots of water while training, and try to avoid coffee and tea, especially before the big day.

19. Try to keep your routine as normal as possible before the race, you don't want anything to distract your focus.

20. Get lots of sleep.

21. Imagine that the race is scheduled on Sunday. Then sleep well on Friday night and wake up early on Saturday. This will enable you to get sufficient sleep, as many of the runners don't get a sound night's sleep the night prior to a marathon.

22. You must not think about the race too much after your evening meal prior to the race, for fear of stressing yourself out.

23. Wake up early the day of the race, and try to eat breakfast at least two to three hours before the beginning of the race.

24. Review your training sessions.

25. Try to arrive at least an hour before the race.

26. Wear a watch during the race in order to keep better pace of your progress.

27. Apply sunscreen before the race, as it will help your skin from sun damage.

28. It is important that you stay hydrated during the race.

29. Take an extra set of clothes for the race in case of emergencies or changes in the weather.

30. It is recommended not to waste energy during the first mile of the race, but on the subsequent three to five miles, try to get up to the runners that you are planning to run with.

31. Above all, relax and enjoy the race.
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