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Ultimate Guide to Running Your First Marathon

Running your first marathon is thrilling, nerve wrecking, tough, and simply amazing all in one 26.2 mile wide bundle.  When you cross that finish line and get wrapped in the foil blanket, the rush of emotions will hit you; you did it… you ran your first marathon, an accomplishment that comes once in a lifetime.

But, of course running your first marathon is not an one day endeavor, there are months of  mental and physical preparation.  A few days ago, I shared What Nobody Tells You About Training For A Marathon and now I want so share with you tips on training for and running your first marathon.

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Me, after my first marathon

The Ultimate Guide to Your First Marathon:

Tips on Training for Your First Marathon:

Build a killer playlist.

Use the 16-20 weeks that you are training to build a playlist that will motivate you on race day.  The last thing you want is to be throwing random songs together the night before your big day.  Aim for 4-5 hours of music.

Here is my playlist , feel free to do with it as you please.

Long runs are the most important.

Treat your long run days like you would treat your marathon day.  This means fueling for it the same way, and treating it mentally the same.  I suggest trying to do your run around the same time it will be on race day.  Also, keep in mind that your long training runs will be the most important, if you can’t do all of your runs for the given week, prioritize your long ones.  Check out some tips on getting through long runs.

BONUS: Tips on Running Strong In the Rain

Don’t give up everything.run

Training for a marathon should add to your life, it should not take away from it.   Yes your training is incredibly important, but do not put your life on hold.  Don’t say ‘no’ to all the opportunities with family and friends.  Don’t cancel plans the entire day after a longer run because you want your legs to recover. Yes, it is important to recover, but it is also important to live your life.  

Strength training is important, too.

I do not want you to head over to the gym and knock out a PR on your squat, but I do want you to keep in mind how important it is to strengthen your muscles.  Not only does strengthening assist in keeping your stride balanced, but it reduces the risk of many injuries. Exercises like planks, squat and press, and back extensions work the muscles that keep you balanced while running.  Start with these exercises.

It will be tough, but you are tougher.

You signed up for this race, somewhere inside you, even if deep down, you knew that you could do it, and you can.  When training runs get tough, think about that feeling you are going to have when you cross the finish line.

First Marathon Race Day Tips:

Have a mantra.

“You Make You” , “All walls have doors”, “Think strong, be strong, finish strong”.. here is a great list of mantras.  When you hit the wall, when miles get tough, having a mantra will help you through.

Take out your headphones.

If you are running with headphones on race day, take them out for a bit.  Trust me, I am all for that killer playlist, but hearing people you don’t even know cheering you on, and chatting with other runners is all a part of the experience. For me when I was struggling at certain miles, taking my headphones out and listening to the cheers helped me a ton.

no-headphones

Nothing new on race day.

This is where I went wrong.  Do not, I repeat, do not, try anything new on race day.  All the way from what you eat for breakfast, to what kind of underwear you wear.  For me, I took Sudafed because I had a cold, which kindly left me extremely dizzy for 18 miles.  Don’t do it!

Remember your training.

You trained for this, you got this.  Stick to your training and you will finish strong.  It is most important to keep this in mind the first few miles of the race; you will have adrenaline and want to start off fast, but do everything in your power to start off like you would during a training run, you can always speed up later.

starting-line

Have fun with it.

This is your first marathon, an experience and memory you will have for the rest of your life, make it a good one! Cheer along with the fans, take the brownies when they are throwing them from the sidelines, read the posters people are holding up, smile, laugh… enjoy it.  And remember, you are in this first marathon to complete the 26.2 miles, speed does not have to be on your mind, just accomplish the distance.

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Now, I want to hear from you- Have you run a marathon? If so, what is your biggest first timer tip?  If not, where would you want to run your first marathon?

& remember, you make you

   ymycolby

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