Compete Guide To Racing A MarathonSep 15, 2011
Marathon racing is a single day event that takes months of physical and mental preparation. Start line of a 26-mile race is not the place for people who are curious to try out the sport of running. However, running a marathon can be a very rewarding experience if you have built up and are prepared for the challenge.
Most runners will begin the training process for a marathon at between 15 to 18 weeks before the event. This schedule assumes one has some experience with running and understands the necessity of form and appropriate clothing. Training as one intends to play has a different connotation in marathon running because you do not necessarily want to fully expend yourself constantly during the build up as this will most likely lead to injury. Instead, focus on training with appropriate footwear for one’s running style and practice becoming mentally accustomed to staying in motion for the long period of time.
For experienced long distance runners, proper nutrition and hydration during the race is a critical factor in determining maximum output. Before the race, decide on a finish time so an appropriate pace can be selected. Then eat and drink steadily throughout the race.