Training for Your First Marathon

Tips for marathon training

A marathon is one of those things that millions of people have on their bucket list. The feeling of crossing the finish line after 26.2 painstaking miles is one that can’t be beat. Luckily, while a marathon might feel like an impossible feat, it’s a very realistic venture. One of the first and most important steps that someone needs to complete the ultimate race is to make the unnerving choice to do so. It’s one thing to say that you’re going to run a marathon, but actually taking the steps to do so is an entirely different story. As your Edgewater gym that offers you full support for your goals, The Results U wants to help you cross this off of your bucket list. Here are some tips for training for your first marathon.

Strength/Cross Train

It seems sensical that when training for a marathon, you should be putting all of your focus towards running, but that will only get you so far —no pun intended. Implementing cross training, like biking and swimming, can target muscles that running is missing. Additionally, it gives your joints a break from the stress of the roads or treadmills. Strength training is also necessary as it aids in endurance, giving you the ability to run farther distances and run them faster.

Slowly Build Up Mileage

One of the biggest mistakes that any runner can make is increasing mileage too quickly. Starting at three miles and then suddenly going on a ten miler is going to stress the heck out of your body. When running, your body is adjusting to the exercise, building muscles as you go. When you’re finished, your body begins to heal and recover. If you go on a long run before you have the necessary strength to complete it, you could very likely sustain an injury. Some common and very difficult to heal runners’ injuries include tendinitis and shin splints.

Speed Train

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so why focus on speed exercises? Speed training helps to increase overall endurance, and implementing it into your training plan will skyrocket your training. Luckily, The Results U has a speed school that uses methods based in sports science to help amp up your speed and endurance before the big race. Sign up today!

Listen to Your Body

Again, runners never really know when to stop. Unfortunately, this especially refers to running after sensing an injury. There is a myriad of reasons why you might sustain an injury including a lack of stretching and warmup, a poor diet, or improper form. Whatever the source may be of the injury, the same solution applies: take a break. If you keep bothering the site of the injury with more strenuous activity, the healing process is going to take much longer than if you took the steps to heal it from the beginning. Listen to your body. If something is wrong, address it immediately.
Thanks for reading and happy training! We hope to see you in Boston soon enough! And, as always, if you need help with training and nutrition, join The Results U ASAP!

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