Marathon’s. Half marathons. Have you done one before? Is it on your bucketlist? Although I’m still in a bit of shock, I am training for my first marathon here and it’s coming fast!
So far the training has been alot easier than I expected, which is making me a wee bit nervous. This week will be my last long run before the big day (11miles). I am trying to focus on finishing in a time that is reasonable for me (not fast by any means!)
Some things I’ve learned:
- Take each run as it comes and don’t push yourself too hard. Especially if this is your first big race, you want to walk away with not only a feeling of accomplishment but also a newfound love for running.
- Don’t expect every run to be better than the last, we all have off days. If today’s run didn’t go so hot, don’t let it get you down; start with a clean slate the next time and just do your best.
- Drink! I know carrying water is a bore… but it’s soo important to stay hydrated. You really do preform better & feel better. My personal rule is if I’m running further than 6 miles, I carry water.
- I have also gotten into the habit of brining sports energy chews. I feel that they really help me during those tough lows, when my legs and hips are screaming, they provide just enought of a boost to get me to my next wind. I like these and these.
And of course there are a lot of other important things to keep in mind like stretching, strength-training and so on.. I do plan on featuring posts in the future on nutrition for the active herbivore, so make sure to check back for more!
These are just some of my thoughts for the day. Happy running :)