Are you getting ready to embark on your first marathon? Maybe this will be your second or third race, and you're curious about how others prepare? A friend of mine asked me for some tips as he prepares for his upcoming marathon, and I want to pass them along to you, too!
Running a marathon before 30 was a goal of mine. The timing was right, so I decided to check this one off the list. I played sports growing up and was always active, but never followed a training schedule before. This was all new to me.
I did a lot of reading and research as I tried to figure out how to prepare best. I've only completed one marathon in my lifetime and do not consider myself an expert by any means, but these are just a few things I learned along the way.
1. Please, please, please make sure you have good nutrition! Eating healthy and consuming enough nutrients are as important as the training in my opinion! Your metabolism and fat-burning ability will increase — be prepared!
2. Be sure to include interval training or hills at least once per week. This is important when building speed and strength.
3. Practice using gels, gummies, etc. during your long runs to determine what tastes best and is easy on your stomach. I liked the orange cubes the best, but try a few different types and flavors.
4. Replace electrolytes, especially after long runs — coconut water is my favorite!
5. Eat something with carbs and protein within 30 minutes of your workout to replenish you glycogen stores after longer runs to prevent muscle fatigue during your next run.
6. Set a time goal.
7. Below is my general weekly training schedule. Hang your training calendar on the refrigerator for motivation. Highlight or check off the workout when you have completed it. You will be amazed at your progress!