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  • 01Nov

    6 Facts You Need to Know About For Your First Marathon Run

    So, you have decided to run a half-marathon or a marathon. Congratulations.

     

    Now that you have made this momentous decision, you have some questions that you would like answered. Well, for almost 30 years, I have been helping many people achieve their goals of running their first half or full marathons.

     

    Here are a few of the questions that I have been asked, along with the answers

     

    What advice would you give to someone looking to run a marathon?

    Invest in a good pair of running shoes. Search for local shops that do gait analysis tests. Based on the findings of the video recording of how your foot strikes the ground, the tester will advise you of the best type of shoe for you.

    Also, clothing that is suited to the time of year that you are either training or racing. And don't forget a training diary or training app.

     

    How much time and dedication does it take to be able to run a marathon?

    You have to be dedicated to your goal of running a marathon and be prepared to train between 5 – 6 days a week of which two training sessions should be strength-based. Have a training plan and stick to it. At the end of each training session, write in the diary what you did, how long it took you, and how you feel about the training session. That information could come in handy for many reasons.

     

    For someone who has previously run a marathon, do you have any advice to give them on how to beat their previous time?

    Train harder, but smarter than you did the last time. If you have a training diary that covers your previous marathon, take a look through it and see what could be done better and apply it. If you don't have a specific running programme, you can find them on most charity websites. When it comes to the strength training portion of the plan, I would speak to a trainer with experience of designing sports specific programmes. These programmes are very different from those for general health and fitness. They will be designed to reduce the risk of injury.

     

    What are the health benefits to long-distance running?

    Top of the list has to be improved heart health. Improved lung capacity and function, lower blood pressure and lower resting heart rate are all bonuses.

     

    Is running a marathon healthy for our bodies?

    That can depend on the age and gender of the person when they start running for the first time. Running does improve bone density (makes the bone stronger); however, if you are coming from a sedentary lifestyle, it may take some time to see some improvement.

     

    What happens to your body after a marathon? (i.e. muscle pain, feet pain etc.)

    DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness, will occur at some point within 48 hours of completing the race. Tiny tears and bleeding in the muscles caused by the repeated muscular contractions that happen when you run over 26 miles. Some recovery aids are as follows: Sleep, ice, compression tights, anti-inflammatories, echinacea, massage.

     

     

     

    I trust that the information above will help to answer some if not all of the questions that you may have about running your first long-distance event.

     

    If you would like a complete 13-week training programme to help you achieve your goal of running your first long-distance race, then book a free 30-minute phone call and let's get the planning started right!


     

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