I don’t know about you, but the lockdown and the challenges of a different kind of life has made me think about training for a marathon. So let’s have a look at some lessons from the amazing marathon runners. We are in this not for a sprint, but for the long haul.
Be aware of your limits. The 26.2 miles in a marathon put you at a significantly higher risk for injury than your daily neighborhood jogs. Consult with your physician before embarking on any training program.
Start early: Conventional wisdom recommends that aspiring marathoners run consistent base mileage for at least a year before embarking on a marathon training program.
One of the most common causes of injury is building weekly mileage too soon, too fast—so don’t underestimate the importance of consistently running at least 20–30 miles a week regularly before committing to training for a marathon.
Start small: Running a few shorter races—5Ks, 10Ks, or even a half marathon—is an excellent way to prepare physically and mentally for a first marathon.
Hydrating and Fueling on the Run
Nearly all marathons include water and aid stations along the way.
Your body can only store so much glycogen—its primary source of energy during the marathon. As this level gets depleted over the course of your marathon, your muscles will begin to tire and feel heavy. While no amount of fuel consumption during the race can entirely replace your depleted glycogen, consuming small amounts of carbohydrates can help prevent you from hitting the dreaded wall.
As with everything, make sure to test out various types of fuel on your training runs to see what your stomach tolerates best, so you can fuel confidently on race day.
Rest and Recovery
Rest days mean no running. They let your muscles recover from taxing workouts and help prevent mental burnout. The greatest enemy of any aspiring marathoners is injury, and the best protection against injury is rest.
Looking at these tips, there are many things we can take from this to help us during this pandemic.
Eat well, hydrate well to keep in shape and keep as healthy as possible. I recommend taking vitamin D too, which supports lung health. Get regular exercise and rest sometimes. And know your limits; I set myself a goal of writing a daily blog which was achievable. I would like to write a novel, so this has been a very good practice run.
And start small with anything new; whether it be writing a blog, training for a marathon or taking up a new hobby. And being aware of your limits is very important.
So to finish, let’s think about the concept of a marathon. I like this quote:
“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.”
I think that is a good way of facing the pandemic; to get the best out of yourself.
So today’s recipe of hope is to think about how you are facing up to this marathon; are you getting enough good food, water or regular exercise? Are you letting yourself go? Is this an opportunity to train for the marathon you have always hoped to enter? Do you want to start a new hobby? Think about these questions and if you need to make changes well today is a wonderful opportunity to do so.
May you be inspired to make a start X