How Do You Train For A Marathon
How Do You Train For A Marathon
Conserving energy to last till the end is important for marathon races. In this Videojug film, the tips given and the preparation to be made are explained well which will be useful to become a successful marathon runner.
So, if you are preparing for your first marathon, what you do, so four to five weeks before the actual race takes, you need to be practising the race day and if you are taking any supplements or any gels, you need to practice those in your run because you don't want have a nasty surprise when it comes for race day. It is very important when you run in a marathon, you should prepare mentally as well as physically. So assuming that you have done all physical work to get you to a certain stage, but you have to also start visualising like what it is going to be like on that day with 10 or 20 or 30,000 people there.
Have you enough time to warm up and what kind of warm up you need and how you go to cope up with nervous energy and do you need breakfast? What is more important, not what you are going to do on the morning of the race, but all the preparation you have done before. So, if you practice running half marathon or 10k races, that will help mentally as well. So if you look at this endurance runner, he has similar postures to the middle distance runner, but if you notice, the arms are working less fast as because he wants to get the rhythm and the heels are coming up but not coming up too high because it is hard to maintain over a long distance, but the posture is still upright and he has got a rhythm to his running.
Our endurance runner is breathing less heavily than our middle distance runner because they are working at a slower speed. So when the gun goes off and the race is started, try to pace yourself and don't go off particularly in the first 5 or 6 miles too quickly and don't get carried away with all the crowds or other athletes who might go off quicker. Pace yourself and you should know by now what is your average mileage is.
At some point during the race, you are going to hit what people call the wall or you are going to find a difficult path depending on the terrain as well. So don't worry about it and stop and walk if you have to walk and then get started again. If you have done your preparation, you will hit the wall much, much later.
Remember that nutrition and fluids are very important during a marathon particularly if it is a hot day. So you have to take on fluids regularly, so every yard or certain mileage, take on fluids and don't wait until you feel thirsty to take your fluids and nutrition. If you are used to taking gels, take them at regular intervals and don't try to pile them in too quickly.
The last part of the marathon is also the difficult part and this is where the mental side comes in. So, the mental side will give up before the physical side and so you really need to be kept going. In the last part, don't be tempted into sprinting the last two or three miles and keep the same pace, and you can sprint the last 100 or 200 metres for the canvass. .