Larry Track, owner of Track Fitness, helps women at his gym achieve their fitness goals, inspiring them to stay fit and lead healthy lifestyles. An experienced and exceptional marathon runner himself, Larry is sharing his expert advice on running marathons:
Challenging yourself to run a marathon is no small task, but may be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. But the very first think every runner needs to do is sign up for the race! Until you have signed up you have not committed yourself to training. I recommend you sign up at least 12 weeks before the race and set your program towards the date of the race.
Now that you have signed up and you are ready to train you need to think about the following questions:
- How many times a week should I run?
Ideally, you will need to run at least 3 times a week. At minimum you will do two short runs and one long run.
- How far will I run in training?
I believe you need to run the distance to know the distance. Most programs fall short of the distance and that leaves many runners in shock when they still have 4-6 miles to run! Aim to run 90% of the distance two weeks before the race.
- What do I eat and drink?
You need to fuel your body properly before, during and after your runs. You need to practice what you will eat so that your body is accustomed to the fuel you are supplying and there are no upset stomachs the day of the race.
- What shoes do I wear?
The shoes you train in are the shoes you will run the race in. Do not buy a new pair of shoes and socks for the day of the race. Purchase your last pair of training shoes 4-6 weeks from the day of the race.
Answering those questions is just the beginning. Then it is about asking yourself if you are committed. It will take physical and emotional strength, perseverance and discipline. But no matter how long it takes, crossing that finish line will make it all worth it.
-Larry Track, owner of Track Fitness