First Marathon tips
First marathon tips are one way to toe the start line ahead of your competitors.
Why? If you are reading this and are running your first marathon soon, these tips will get you to the start line with the added knowledge of what to do and what not to do.
I know exactly how you feel. How on earth do I run 26.2 miles?
Are these people nuts? Who would want to run 26.2 miles and than actually enjoy the distance.
I ran the 1500m and branched out to 5000m when I was in college.
The thought of racing 26.2 miles, honestly, intimidated me back then.
My first marathon was the 2002 New York City Marathon.
The tips that I didn’t get from runnersworld, running times and the other top fitness niche sites I got from personal trial and error.
There was no running magazine that ever motivated me to get out the door.
I wanted to know what I had to do to run 26.2 miles consecutively, without slowing down.
Obviously, this is an unending battle for us all.
We all want our first marathon to be great and an enjoyable experience. I valued tips given to me from those that were around me that truly cared about my success. I read books, researched what the best runners did and implemented that into my attack plan.
I had friends tell me I wasn’t good enough when I was ‘only’ a 2.43 marathoner.
The most important first marathon tip I can say is, believe in what your doing. Elite athletes are a wealth of knowledge.
Some would consider me elite, but I still have a lot to learn and to me being elite is less about times you run, but how many lives you impact from your ability.
I want to help people and hopefully God gives me more opportunities in the future to run faster than 1.07 for a half-marathon and 2.19 for a marathon.
I value those who are trying, not specifically on how fast they have run a race.
As for the critics, tell me I don’t get it, everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it – Jay Z
First Marathon Tips
#1 Visualize Daily
Get into the habit of seeing yourself, mentally, completing the distance and getting to the finish line with a smile on your face knowing you have just accomplished something amazing.
#2 Surround Yourself With Positivity
friends, family, good books, anything that will fuel the fire in your gut that is telling you to get out the door to accomplish this goal. Negative people are a drain to your enthusiasm and not worth your energy, avoid them.
A genius! For 37 years I’ve practiced fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius!” –Pablo Sarasate (Spanish violinist)
#3 Get A Heart Rate Monitor
a personalized training partner right on your wrist. I have used these for years and cannot recommend these watches more to aspiring marathoners. They will teach you what is easy, moderate and hard efforts and back you off when running too fast. Use them!
#4 Buy An iPod
..and don’t let anyone make fun of you because your wearing one.
Ryan Hall and many of the other world’s top marathoners wear iPods It is a great way to break up the monotony of logging endless miles. You can train with one in your ears or race, doesn’t matter.
#5 Listen To What Your Body Is Telling You
this is so important. If you have a planned 10 mile run and you get 2 miles in and feel like your about to pass out, chances are, finishing the run would not be wise.
It is far more sexy listening to your body, then ignoring the signals it is sending you and paying for it later.
#6 Practice Running Longer
It is very difficult to train for the last 6.2 miles of a marathon but a great first marathon tip, one in which I would have taken more seriously when I first began running marathons was the importance of lengthening the distance you are running for your weekly long run.
#7 Have Fun
If you can’t find joy in training for your first marathon.
If your heart isn’t in it, you may want to take a break and get back on the saddle at a later date because without enthusiasm (especially in this sport), the marathon will be a much steeper climb. You owe it to yourself to enjoy the experience.
The last first marathon tip I can suggest is ensure you are paying close attention to your diet as you prepare for your first 26.2 miler.
I never knew it but after a blood test that my professional coach, Lisa Larsen Rainsberger, suggested I get, I was found to be severely anemic.
Find your food balance
Find a balance between ingesting a large amount of carbs and don’t neglect foods that are such in iron. i.e. nuts, spinach, red meat.
You could be the most disciplined and excited to-be-marathoner, but if your body runs low on iron you will not get much from the training your doing and this will cause a decrease in motivation.
The Washington Report did an outstanding article on this very subject that I highly recommend you read.
Check Your Iron!
This is an area of training I would have never thought about had it not been for Lisa.
Good luck and keep the faith. I’m here to help.
If you would like to know more and take your marathon running to a new level, consider the Sub 4 Hour Marathon Blueprint.