So you’ve decided you’re going to do this. You’re going to run a marathon. You’re all pumped up and ready to go. Great! But are you really ready?
Here are some things you need to consider before signing up.
We’re talking about the orange slice here.
1.Know your limits
If you’re a complete novice, plunging straight into a full marathon may not be the best idea. Start by running a little everyday and pushing your limits. Don’t bite off more than you can chew or you’ll end up disappointed.
Homer should’ve read this. D’oh!
2.Prepare yourself mentally
Motivation. You will need A LOT of motivation. This has to come from within. You need to keep yourself motivated, get in the right mindset to get you through the strenuous training.
Start by signing up for a marathon. Generally, this will help you stay focused and driven to achieve what you set out to do.
Get in touch with other people that run or get your friends and family to join you! Having company makes the arduous task easier.
Change your diet if required. No junk, no unhealthy snacking. You need to take things seriously.
Remember to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol a couple of weeks before the marathon.
Get proper shoes (No, flip flops are not okay), and clothes that are meant for running- breathable, comfortable fabrics.
Your makeup is going to wash off, and no one cares about your super gelled up mohawk. Stay comfortable- it will help you stay focused.
Pro tip: Don’t wear heels.
4.Train, train, train
Start running everyday a couple of months before the big day. Hit the gym often, change your diet, get fit, run, run and run.
Everything put aside, training is the most important aspect of successfully completing a marathon.
Remember this- “The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.”
You can do this.
5.Don’t give up
Last but not least, don’t give up.
Running a marathon is no easy task, but it is a very rewarding one. Apart from the physical benefits, running releases hormones called Endorphins which help elevate your mood. This is what causes “The Runner’s High”.
And let’s not forget all the bragging rights it gives you. It’s totally worth it.
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