It seems just like yesterday I was crossing my fingers, hoping I would win the lottery to the Nike Women’s Marathon and it’s already here. Since this is my first marathon there has been a lot of learning on my part. Here are some training tips I have learned along the way.
- Buddies Make it Better: Training for a marathon can get mundane after a while. Finding a group to run with can make all the difference in the world in how successful you are with your training. When you know you’ll be missed, you tend to be more accountable for your workouts. Trust me, there have been plenty of times during my training I’ve wanted to sit out a run, but having someone encouraging me on was the extra boost I needed.
- Good Shoes Are a Must: A great pair of shoes that fit your feet and your running style can be the difference between having an amazing run or just finishing. Another thing I learned is that it is good to rotate your shoes while training. I use a different pair of shoes for my shorter runs. For my long runs I wear my Brooks Ghost 6 shoes. Brooks was kind enough to send over these shoes with a whole box of amazing clothes. Normally I would break in a new pair of shoes on my shorter runs, but wore these shoes for one of my long runs and fell in love. They are so light, but so supportive and I didn’t have any blisters or foot issues after the run. I’m hooked.
- Post Run Stretching Will Save You: When your run ends, it does not mean you are done. It is so important to stretch your muscles so they don’t tighten up later. I am fortunate enough to have a pool in my backyard and swim a few laps after my runs. It makes the difference of being able to walk without pain the next day! I learned this the hard way when I rushed stretching after one of my longer runs and paid for it the next two days.
- Healthy Eating Is Your Fuel: Just as equally important as your training is your nutrition. All of the food you put into your body will be your fuel for your runs. You want to make sure you are eating regularly and not skipping any meals. It’s also very important to have a snack immediately following your run to replace your energy levels and help with recovery.
- Rest is Your Friend: With all of your training, your body needs a rest. It’s important to take those rest days seriously. If you push yourself too hard, you are at a greater risk for injury. If you follow a training plan, you’ll be running a few times a week increasing mileage so the rest days will become a highlight!