FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE MARATHON
DEPENDS ON OPTIMIZING YOUR CHANCES FOR SUCCESS THROUGHOUT A 12- TO 16-WEEK BUILD
GET A PLAN:
A marathon requires planning throughout your training, including rest weeks that allow your body to recover and be ready for the next workout.
FIND A COACH:
A good coach can identify your strengths, manage you through low points and help you achieve more than you could on your own.
GET SOME REST:
As your training ramps up, your body needs time to recover from the stress of training. Make it a priority to get eight hours of sleep every night, and get off your feet when you can.
DO THE SPEEDWORK:
Yes, the marathon is an endurance race, but weekly hills, tempo runs, fartleks and/or intervals contribute significantly to the finely tuned machine you’ll bring to the start line.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT:
You can’t get through a marathon without fuelling properly. That starts with good, balanced nutrition throughout the training cycle. It also includes finding a pre-race meal that won’t sit heavy in your stomach and practising your in-race nutrition (gels, chews, beans, sports drinks) that replenish your energy stores without upsetting your stomach.
Your feet will get you to the start line, but it’s the rest of your body – hips, hamstrings, core, back and shoulders – that carry you to the finish. Weekly strength and mobility exercises are crucial to keeping you upright throughout the race.
TEST YOUR GEAR:
Blisters, extreme temperatures and tech breakdowns happen, so test everything you plan to wear or use on race day during long runs to make sure it performs well in all conditions.