Running your first marathon can be really amazing and interesting, but this is a decision that does not come easy and for amateur runners it can be really difficult. There are literally thousands of blog posts with different advices, from both amateur and seasoned runners about what you should or shouldn’t do, but there are some things that you either learn before or during your first half-marathon or marathon. These are things that runners don’t often talk about, but lots of people have confirmed them as true.
Biggest lessons that you’re going to learn about running during your first half-marathon or marathon are:
Running on treadmill and running on the road are two completely different things
Lots of people choose to run on treadmills instead on the outside, especially during cold winter days. Treadmill is a great machine, there’s no doubt about that, but it has its limitations – for example, treadmill can’t replicate the conditions on the road – from the weather to people you need to avoid. If you want the best preparation for your first race, you will have to run outside.
Don’t carry unnecessary items during the race
We all tend to overthink this and we end up carrying lots of things that we end up not using during the race. Most of the gear for runners does not have pockets and there is a good reason for that. Still, if there are some things that you need to have on you, make sure that you have zippered pockets.
Plan your race day
The morning before the race can be very stressful and, because of that, it is always a good idea to plan ahead – you can choose what you are going to wear the day before the race and prepare everything in the evening, before you go to bed. By doing this, you don’t risk being late to the start line in the morning.
Don’t waste time on playlists
Lots of runners rely on music during their races, but, the truth is that lots of people say that the part of the charm of marathons is running with other people and that we shouldn’t disappear, but be the part of the race.
Your feet are not going to like your runs
Everyone who has ever started preparing serious for half-marathon or marathon, know that the feet will develop large blisters and that this is something that you will have to get used to. The good thing is that your legs are going to look great!
Prepare for the best nap of your life
We all plan lots of things to do after the race, but the truth is that the best thing you can do after the race is take a nice long bath and a nap after that. When you wake up, you will be as good as new.
Marathon race is practically a team sport
Running a race is much different than running alone on the track. Since this is something that does not happen every day, it would be great to enjoy and be part of the race as much as possible. Some people even start to chant during the race.