Posted 02/05/2012 by Extra Newspapers Online in Features

Marathon Man

It’s all about the training…

A marathon isn’t just a race, its an endurance test of the body and mind and making sure both of these components are as ready as possible will stand you in good stead.


Running Gear:

This isn’t a pants and vest operation, you are about to undertake an event that only 0.1% of the population will ever do. You need to ensure that before, during and after your body is as protected as possible so ensuring you have the correct support from your clothing should be your number 1 priority. Breathable clothing that’s correctly fitted, supportive and properly sizes shoes, and protective supports where needed. With the increases in marathon type events there will be a running shop near you.


Hydration and Diet:

With all of the exertion that you put on your body you must ensure that you keep well fed and watered. Eat small portions of the correct food in lots of small intervals in the run up to the event and make sure you replace lost nutrients with health supplements and vitamins.


Family Support:

The support of loved ones when you “hit the wall” will give you the extra push that you need to finish the race. Getting up at the crack of dawn, or running into the night, can put a strain on relationships and make home life and routines harder to bear. Ensure that your family are fully aware of what you’re doing and why. The sight of their beaming faces at the finish line will make it all worthwhile.


There are a lot of training tips, guides etc. If you are going to undertake your first marathon seek advice from a qualified professional, sort out a training plan and ensure that your body can take what you’re about to throw at it.

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