So you’ve decided you want to run a marathon – perhaps some of your friends have done it, or you just want to push your own limits.
Keep in mind that a marathon is literally no walk in the park. It’s 26-miles of potentially hilly terrain, which can take a huge toll on an unprepared body. Here are some tips to prepare physically and mentally for the long run…
1. Set The Bar – But Not Too High
Going into the race, you might have a finishing time already in mind that you want to match or beat. However, as Active.com points out, “Even the most seasoned marathoners have no idea what their marathon times will be.”
This is because there are a number of factors involved such as wind, rain, temperature, and – it’s the first time you’ve run a competitive marathon. Try not to break any records, and see the run as an accomplishment in itself.