It’s never too early to start your marathon prep! With Dublin Marathon just around the corner, we share our top tips for getting ready for your next big run.
1. Keep yourself fueled!
There is a limit to how much glycogen your body can store, which is its primary source of energy. As it gets used the more tired and heavy your muscles will begin to feel. You can’t completely replace this during the run but consuming small amounts of carbohydrates can help keep you topped up. Energy gels or chews are the most portable but fruit and energy bars will also work. Try testing out a few different types during your training to see what works best and help you avoid “hitting the wall”.
2. Stay motivated
There are tons of ways runners keep their momentum up. Make a playlist with all your favourite training tracks, making sure to keep the tempo up! On race day, you should also keep a note of where your supporters will be. Not only will this pick up your spirits, it will also give you a goal to focus on.
3. Dress for comfort, not style!
With leisurewear becoming more of a fashion statement outside of the gym it can be easy to get carried away with the latest styles. But before you hit the shops, remember new running shoes, leggings, shorts etc. need to be broken in. You may look great in all that new get up but you won’t feel it when the chaffing starts!
4. Be realistic
Whether this is your 1st or 51st marathon, remember to be realistic with your expectations and goals. Even the most experienced runners have no idea what their time will be. If you run to beat the clock the more chance you have of wearing yourself out or causing injury. The important thing is finishing!
5. Recover properly
When the race ends it’s tempting to just lie back and relax, but not recovering properly will increase your risk of injury. Straight after you finish, take on some much-needed fluid and cool down by walking a little and some gentle stretching. An ice bath and a meal of simple carbs should be your only plans for that night! Ideally, take at least a week off before getting back to your running schedule, some experts even suggest resting a day for every mile.