No matter how experienced you are as a runner, training for a marathon is a whole different ball game. Unlike normal running for fitness and losing weight and building up stamina and metabolism, training for a marathon requires a colossal increase in your body’s running endurance and tolerance, which can only be cultivated with specific training.
So here are some of the classic mistakes made by beginning marathon runners and a look at how to avoid them!
Make sure you are choosing the right marathon plan for you
When you do a cursory search on the different types of marathon training plans available, there are literally hundreds that you will find that all touts to be the most effective.
And while it is true that most of it probably is a very good approach to training for a marathon, the important thing is to choose a plan that is optimal for you and your style of running.
Pick a plan that is not overly ambitious while also managing to push you further to increase your stamina and your running endurance. The plan should also be something that is within your current limits, and focuses on expanding your running limits, without completely tiring you out.
At the beginning of your training for a marathon, do not hesitate to experiment with a few different plans that you think might be good for you. Once you settle on a good action plan to achieve your marathon running goals, it becomes much easier and effective from then forwards!
Avoid the mistake of training too much
This is the most common mistake made by runners who are looking to get into marathon running.
Of course, running in a marathon requires much more stamina and running tolerance than the normal running. Of course, your marathon training needs to be more strenuous and hard in order to push your limits farther and get you ready to run for such long stretches of time.
However, over training does not help in any way. If you do not stick to a comprehensive and proper plan of action and train too much or too hard in the beginning stages itself, you will risk causing serious injury to yourself.
Marathon running, like in training for any other type of running, requires dedication and patience. You do not become marathon ready in a week, no matter how hard you train, so avoid wearing yourself out completely by training more than your level!
Never enter a marathon while having an injury
Even entering a short sprint race with an injury or sprain is highly risky and potentially can cause long term harm on your body fitness.
Entering a marathon with an injury, no matter how mild, is a particularly bad choice. In a marathon, you will be pushing your body for hours on end to be on the go. Marathon running requires physical stress over a long period of time, and if you have a pre- existing injury, it gets exacerbated to become even worse conditions by marathon running.
Better to treat the injury and get back to top shape for another race, rather than running on half steam and potentially not even making the finish line while running with a painful injury!
Make sure you are replenishing your body
Like a car without fuel, your body will also eventually start running on empty fumes if you do not regularly replenish its lost reserves, particularly during prolonged physical activity such as is involved in marathon running.
During your training itself, you must plan on the most optimal way to replenish your body and regain lost fluids and calories, but without making yourself heavy or bulky by eating too much.
The training period is the best time to experiment on what works for you and the meal and drinks plan to follow for your marathon run.
Develop good strategies and learn what works and what does not work for your own body during the training sessions so that you can give your best and keep yourself fuelled and healthy during the marathon run!
No matter what foods you eat or not, for these marathon diets, drinking lots of fluids is an absolute must. Keep that in mind while developing a good marathon running eating strategy.
Get the right equipment together
Marathons are not like going on a quick run or a full out sprint, where you will need your complete concentration to make to the finish line in one explosive burst of running.
In a marathon, you will be running for hours together before you even come in sight of the finish line. Concentrating only on the running the whole time is not just an unrealistic expectation, but also will lead to lessening of motivation as the time passes over the course of the marathon.
So, before you set out on a marathon, put together the optimal combination of marathon running equipment for you!
Ensure that the training outfit you wear is something comfortable that will not lead to any allergies or chafing over the long period of time, and also allows you feeling refreshed while wearing it.
Also make sure to pick the right shoes that are a perfect fit and do not hurt while you run. Comfort is the optimal concern while choosing the equipment for a marathon run.
Keep towels, water bottles and other such paraphernalia handy to keep you from over heating or becoming too sweaty over the marathon run. Keep a tiny music player or some other means to keep yourself relaxed while running.
All these and more, you can only fine tune and plan during the training for your marathon running!