I have noticed recently that a couple of the members of The Bod Squad have mentioned the work (I mean word) MARATHON. I have decided to jump on the band wagon and sign up for one myself. I will be running in the Seattle Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon in late June. I have never run one before, although for what it’s worth I was on the cross country team in middle school! 🙂
My husband and I went out shopping for my birthday last week, and I came home with a new pair of running shoes, running crops from LuLu Lemon, which are pretty cool, and a running top. I am completely ready to start my training…now if only my mind-set was as put-together as my outfit, I would be in good shape! As I educate myself about the daunting task of a marathon, slowly my mind-set is catching up with my enthusiasm.
This is for all you crazy folks out there that are training or thinking about training for a marathon or 1/2 marathon. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the run a little less bumpy.
Wear Cool-max or synthetic blend socks, shirt, and shorts that wick away moisture. Use Body Glide, Vaseline, or similar products (on feet, under arms, between thighs, nipples, etc.) to prevent chafing and/or blisters.
More: Prevention and Treatment of Chafing
Some runners get tense in their shoulders and arms when they start to get fatigued, leading to neck and back pain. You can prevent tensing-up and slouching by shaking out your arms and shoulders regularly. Also, make sure you don’t ball your hands up in a tight fist — that tightness will radiate up your arms, to your shoulders and neck.
Rethink the Mileage
Mentally break your course into smaller sections. Your 15-mile run will feel much more doable if you break it into three five-mile segments. Once you get to the 12 mile mark of an 18-mile run, think to yourself, “OK, just under 10K from here.”
Nothing New on Race Day
Start experimenting with different foods and clothes so you can figure out what works for you. The goal is to find your favorites now, so you’re not trying anything new on race day.
More: What Should I Eat During My Long Runs?
Take a Walking Break
Don’t feel guilty if you stop or walk to get the fluids down during your long run. Many people walk through water stops in marathons. And taking a short walking break gives your running muscles a quick rest, so you’ll feel more energized and refreshed when you start running again.
More: How to Do the Run/Walk Method
Find a Running Group
Running with other people make your long runs easier and more pleasurable. Chatting with a running partner definitely makes the time go faster, so your run won’t be as mentally challenging. Look for running clubs or join a charity team in your area.
More: How to Find a Running Group
Run on a Softer Surface
If possible, try to run on a softer surface, like a hiking trail, for at least part of your long run. A dirt path is gentler on your body than asphalt or concrete, and running on it will help you recover faster after your long run.
More: Where Should I Run?
What are your tips and tricks to running long distances?