The Best Tips For Those Training For A Marathon

The Best Tips For Those Training For A Marathon


For anyone interested in becoming a runner–or for runners interested in participating in a marathon — it’s important to do some research first on what exactly goes into the sport. While it’s a great way to get (or stay) in shape, it can also be hard on your body if done improperly, and many precautions need to be taken to ensure you stay healthy and safe while you’re participating.


One of the first things a runner should know is that the right shoes can make you or break you. Don’t listen to recommendations from a friend, as every shoe fits differently on a different foot. Take your time looking around at the shoe store, and get your foot measured and the shoe fitted properly before you make a decision.


“Get fitted at a pro running store. If you are serious about completing a full marathon, it’s worth the investment. Spend time getting the perfect shoe for your foot. Your friend may convince you about a specific brand, but in reality a good running shoe is not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal, some are too narrow, others too wide,” says trainer Samantha Clayton.


Here are a few more of the best tips for anyone interested in running.


Take care of yourself


Running for exercise is one thing, but training for a marathon can really take a toll on your body if you aren’t careful. Take care of yourself–mind, body, and soul–by warming up before you run, incorporating stretches into your routine, and staying well hydrated. When you’re finished, soak your feet or indulge in a nice massage to keep your muscles from tightening up. Doing something relaxing can help you keep stress at bay, something that can really keep you from enjoying your runs.


It’s also important to give your body a respite from the running now and then. Take a break and include weight-lifting, Crossfit, swimming, biking, or other workouts in your routine.


Eat right


What you put into your body dictates the amount of energy you’ll be able to get out of it, so eat a well-rounded diet filled with rich leafy greens, proteins like lean chicken and fish, and nuts and berries. It’s also a good idea to eat a calcium-rich diet for strong, healthy bones.


Stay safe


If you live in the city and need a place to train, it’s important to make your safety a priority. Many runners prefer to go out early in the morning or late at night, especially in the summertime, to take advantage of the cooler weather and fewer amount of people. However, it’s never a good idea to do this alone, so take a running buddy with you and always carry a cell phone. Look for well-lit city park trails, or run on the sidewalk in your neighborhood if possible. You might also be able to use the track at a local high school, but check with school officials first.


Ice it down


Ice is a great way to help with swollen, tired muscles and bones, so keep an ice pack in the freezer and use it on your shins, ankles, or feet after a long run.


Remember that training for anything takes patience and time, so don’t be hard on yourself if it takes you awhile to get to where you want to be, whether it’s time-wise or endurance related. Slowly build up your running times to get your body accustomed to it, and garner support from your friends and family, which can help you stay motivated.




Jason Lewis


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