Your Half/Full Marathon
tips for the weeks approaching the big event
|Nic and Jeffery AFC 1/2|
Even though many runners are down to the wire. . .stay focused and know that however you cross that finish line, you have accomplished something that is FANTASTIC! I always remind myself after every marathon that only less than 2% of the population can say "I ran a marathon today.". That says a lot!
Here are a few tips to remember for running coming up on their last couple of weeks the marathon. These tips will keep you focused and ready. To ALL the runners this weekend. . ."GOOD LUCK" and know all GOOD VIBES are coming your way!
Tip 1. It's good to TAPER your training load. A lot of times new runners think, the more the better as you get closer to your event but that is not true. A good running plan will show that a runner needs to taper down the week before the marathon to give your legs rest and receive all the benefits of your hard training the day of the marathon (2-3 weeks prior is a good timeline before the event).
Tip 3. The Nutrition Factor. What foods worked best for you before your long run and what definitely did not? I remember training for a full marathon several years back and I had the hardest time running after downing plain oatmeal and toast. It would stick to my ribs like I thought it would and my stomach would cramp horribly after my training run. After doing a little research and talking to my coaches who knew me best, I found out that I was digesting too much fiber and not enough protein. I changed my diet quickly and what a difference a day a makes! I added peanut butter to my toast and reduced the amount of oatmeal. Remember, this may not work for everyone but it definitely worked for me and I haven't changed it since.
Tip 4. Check out your Race Date Gear. Make sure you wear what you have trained in, especially if you are new to running a marathon. You have to be comfortable and wearing something brand new the day of the race can be disastrous. Getting a wedgie from those new shorts to nipples bleeding is not only a bad look but an uncomfortable ride. Check your shoes and make sure they will live up to the 13.1+ miles coming your way in a week!
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Other than that. . .have FUN, run your own race and SMILE for the camera at the end of the race! Happy Running!