The better prepared you are the more you can enjoy it!
From bottom to top:
- having good fitting comfortable supportive shoes
- Trousers, shirt, etc. Good functional clothing, light weight
- Food and drink - try everything out beforehand. You don't want to have any surprises like an allergic reaction on the big day
- Mind set: mentally prepare yourself in whichever way this works best for you. i.e.: buddy up with others, get a trainer and/ or training plan, music,...
- Remind yourself why you're doing this. Running for charity might help to stick to it. Or just because this is what you really want to do!
What to do when you're in trouble?
- don't ignore it!!! Ask for advice
- Pain: usually there is a reason why you're in pain. It might be that you are asking too much of yourself and your body is kindly asking to stop you or change your behaviour before a major break down occurs ….OR your body is simply not used to moving that much and surprised needing to wake up some sleepy muscles. In which case it's the best just to keep going. In any case its best to ask a specialist before googling and self-doctoring.
- Buddies running faster than you: don't try to keep up. Run at your own pace, just keep going!
- Buddies running slower than you: keep going at your own pace and enjoy the feeling of being a role model and motivator.
- Boredom: bored of running? There is no need to run in order to run a marathon. You can swim, cycle, jump, bootcamp ... You name it! All these activities help you getting ready for the marathon. It's actually beneficial to vary your training. So are
- UPS and DOWNS. Try not to run on a flat surface only, but hilly ones. And if you feel a low think about how high up you will feel after the run!
Any further questions?