With the spring quickly approaching, so are a lot of marathons. Perhaps Color Run or Color In Motion come to mind as popular marathons that incorporate vibrant colors to make your marathon more fun and exciting. Running a half marathon or any marathon in general is not easy. It will be challenging and take a lot of hard work, but crossing the finish line in the end will make it all worth it. So how do you prepare yourself for this run?
Well first thing you need to decide what marathon you want to participate in. Runners need to give themselves at least a year to ensure the best result, however 10-16 weeks of training can also be essential in preping for the run. Each week you want to gradually increase your mileage. Also, you want to train from 4-5 days a week, giving yourself two days to rest. Before you begin each run make sure you stretch before and after.
You want to have a well balanced nutrition in order to keep you strong and have an adequate recovery. Carbohydrates help provide the fuel runners need, with that said 65% of your calories should come from carbohydrates, 10% from protein, and 20-25% of your total colories should come from unsaturated fats. You want to ensure you’re drinking plenty of water in order to remain hydrated.
What to wear:
While you train you want to look as stylish as possible, however the most important part is being comfortable. My top four choices that are a must for running are:
Nike Dri-Fit running top. This top will allow breathability; it is light weight, and comes with reflectors if you are chosing to do some training at night.
Running Tech Capri, it is also Dri-Fit, which again provides breathability, comes with a string inside so you dont have to worry about them falling, a pocket to put your keys in, and reflectors as mentioned above.
Running Socks, these are also Dri-Fit and are anti blisters. And last is your running shoe, definitely the most important item you need to train in.
Nike Pegasus 31, which provides a neutral ride for any runner, provides cushioned. A Pegasus is used more for a distance run, if you want to increase speed you might want to try a lighter shoe such as a Free, Vomero Elite, or LunarRacer.
Remember it’s all mental; if you believe you can do it you can. Even the fastest runner had to start somewhere. “If you have a body, you are an athlete!” -Bill Bowerman
If you’re planning to run a marathon this year, let us know in the comments or using #glamorouspaper which marathon you’re participating in and how you’re training for it!