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Top Tips for Marathon Training for Beginners

Committing to running a marathon is an exciting step in accomplishing a big goal, whether it is the first time you are running a marathon or not. I became a runner a few years ago after running a three-mile race in New York City with a group of women from my new job. I originally agreed to running as a way to motivate myself to tone up after the holiday season, but also as a way to become friendlier with the women that I would be spending most of my day with at work. I agree to run the race four months before the actual date of the event, so I had plenty of time to train. Once I started running I realized how much I loved that feeling of runners high. One of the ladies who had become my friend was doing a program to qualify for the New York City Marathon. It required the participant to run nine races of varying lengths throughout the year, as well as choose one event to volunteer at. After seeing her accomplish this goal, and agreed to join her the following year to qualify for the next marathon. Once I began running on a regular basis, I realized there is so much that you need to think of and there are so many tools and tips that can help you train to be your best on race day. Here are a few of the most important routines and some great gear that has helped me keep in shape on my way to training for my first ever marathon.

Get Involved with a Program

There are plenty of training programs out there, from free apps on your phone to more advanced programs that you can purchase through a variety of training establishments. Chances are, whatever marathon you are training for has one that they offer on their website as a part of their race brand. Most programs will allow you to customize them to some extent after you enter the date of your marathon. The program will usually ask you how many workouts you want per week, and develop a program that begins at least twenty weeks prior to the marathon. This was very important for me to keep on track and know when I should be doing longer runs versus shorter faster runs.

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Marathon Training and Running Tips for Beginners

Marathon Training

Recent years have seen an increase in popularity of marathons, half-marathons, and themed runs, and thus an increase in the popularity of home marathon training programs. Below are the foremost tips and tricks for any beginner looking to kickstart their running habit and to train for their next marathon.

Marathon Training and Running Tips for Beginners

Safety First

Marathon training is no joke, it is intense preparation for an even more intense race. If you have a history of health problems, it is best to talk to your doctor before beginning any training program. Once you have been cleared for training, make sure to buy a water bottle that you are prepared to bring everywhere with you. Dehydration is extremely detrimental to a runner’s body, leading to increased soreness and risk for injury.

While you are out purchasing a water bottle, make sure to stop in a sports store for a pair of supportive running shoes. You may want to get your gait analyzed, a service that is offered at most running shoe stores. This can prevent many running related injuries down the line. Women should invest in some high quality supportive sports bras that are build for whatever size chests they have.

Both women and men should also look into purchasing running clothes made of sweat-wicking material that will help keep them cool while training. Before beginning your running program, you may want to ask a good friend or professional runner to watch how you run. They may be able to give you some helpful suggestions that will improve your form, and decrease the amount of energy you use to run. This can also help to decrease overuse injuries in the future.

Do Your Research

It is important to have a goal to work towards in your marathon training. Use a trusted search engine to look for runs near you that suit your schedule. You may want to begin training towards a 10K or 5K before a full-blown marathon. You will want to have around 6 months of running 3-4 days a week before you sign up for a full marathon. At this point your muscles, joints, and bones will have become adapted to long distance running, and the impact will not harm them to the extent that was possible when you were just starting out.

Start Your Schedule

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