Before you go and register to run in a marathon, there are always some things that you need to consider and also so many things that you should avoid. You should understand that there is a lot that goes into preparing for a marathon. You should run every day, and you should prepare for it tirelessly. Keep in mind that there a few things that could certainly go wrong when you are actually running the marathon. In this guide, I will list out some mistakes that you should try and avoid, and when you do, it will help you abundantly.
- Never run a half marathon as your first race. I have always seen people complete a short race like a 5K or even a 10K before moving up to a half marathon. Half marathons can be almost 21 kilometers, and that is definitely a challenge which you should train yourself for.
- You should never enter a race if you are not sure that you can beat the cut-off time. Some races have been known to have a cut-off time limit, and all the participants must have crossed the finish line by then.
- Never forget to hydrate. Drinking plenty of water is the main thing that should be in your mind because it would be physically impossible for you to achieve such a feat without hydration. Hydration is key in such situations. You should only drink when you feel thirsty, though. There will be people along the way that will be providing water. As long as you are hydrating regularly, you should be fine. Water is a better choice when compared to other energy drinks. If you want to drink some glucose water, that should be okay.
- Try not to give up. If you have a lot of training, you will know what you will be facing. That should prepare you for it, but if you attempt to run a marathon out of the blue you will be very exhausted, and that is a fact. Do not be de-motivated. Do not lose hope. Do not give up. Make sure that you try your best to keep going. Try to stay mentally tough and then push to the finish line. Determination is key in such situations.
- Never ignore any pains. You should make sure that you do not get any frequent pains, if any. When and if you do, you should get yourself checked by a doctor immediately. Well, yes there will be some post-run soreness in the muscles but if the pain continues to stay, get yourself checked. There are situations where you may get some pain in the chest, make sure a doctor sees you for it.