Training for any race can be challenging. It takes a lot of commitment and patience, BUT with that, a lot of fantastic results. Stick to a schedule, if you have no training plans, you are likely to forget or skip a workout for the day.
But of course life happens, so every schedule calls for a little flexibility and mid re-vamping. If you are a morning person, utilize that time to get your run in for the day. If you are a night owl, it is okay to run then to. There is no right or wrong time to workout.
Try running 3-4 times a week (even if its just a mile or 2). Save long runs for the weekend (or whenever you have most time). It is always best when preparing for any race to cross train. Take advantage of that groupon special or those fitness classes at your gym. Cross training helps to “shock” your body so you get the most out of your workouts. It is also nice to take a break from running, so you don’t get sick of it.
Food and hydration – Of course you know how important it is to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet, right? But when your body is training in ways you never have before, you need an extra boost of replenishment. To make it short and sweet- try to have carbs before the workout and protein after. Make sure you drink water pre, during, and post workout. Sports drinks are only necessary when you do a high intensity workout for 60 or more minutes, and can be consumed during and after exercise. Typically after a long race, you should also consume coconut water or drinks with lots of electrolytes.
Map my run and Nike plus are great apps to use when tracking your mileage and time. It can be quit difficult to pace yourself, but that is certainly the most important piece in running a long race. Remember, it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon! Monitor your speed, do not overdo it or you will have to stop. Once you’ve met your goal in running a certain distance, you will feel more comfortable picking up the pace next run.
Last but certainly not least, runners high is real, music always helps give you an extra boost, and of course, practice makes perfect.
Editorial by Kaitlin Casey.