The people at News world report posted a very helpful article for runners who are going to their very first marathon race. Actually, it’s more of a list of tips than an actual article. I broke it down for your reading pleasure 🙂
- A week before your marathon, remember to switch your training to stretching. This is so your body will be supple before the race, make sure not to overstretch though! Remember, too much of something is bad for you.
- Make sure that to take note of all the marathon training items that you must have at least 2 weeks before the race. You don’t want to find yourself scrambling for your towel minutes before the actual race! If you’re flying for the race, make sure that you can fit all of them in a carry-on bag, less hassle and stress for you (what if it gets lost?!)
- Within the last week prior to your marathon you should try to build up your carbohydrate intake to around 70% of the dietary intake. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose. Glucose is additionally broken down into glycogen.It is the glycogen that influences the amount of time that you can sustain race pace. Nicely trained runners have sufficient glycogen levels to run for around 15-20 miles. It is when your glycogen stores start to dwindle that you might feel the effects of hitting the wall.
- Avoid stress and strenuous activities a week before the race itself. Your main aim during this period should be to keep your feet up and to rest your entire body. Obviously, it’s hard not to stress out over the race specially if it’s your first time so try doing some meditation or psych yourself whenever you feel doubt and stress.