Running a marathon is not as easy as it sounds. It is not just as simple as putting on your running shoes, stretching for a couple of minutes, and then just going for it. If you’re not well-prepared, fitness-wise, then there is a strong possibility that you won’t be able to finish at all.
Let’s say you are running a 10 km marathon next month. Do you have any plans to prepare? In our expert opinion, it usually takes 2 months to prepare your body and mind for that kind of race. But, 1 month is still viable if you follow these tips.
Practice Run / Mimic the Course
The best way to prepare for the race is to take on the race early on. Let’s say you are familiar with the course of the upcoming marathon. You can then run a similar course nearby that presents you with the same challenges.
Conquer that course one or two or three times to get a feel for what is waiting for you. Doing runs on the same topography as the upcoming marathon is a sure way to pump you up. Is the course flat throughout or will there be some hilltop climbs?
Get in the Zone
Most people have different pre-ritual routines they do before every race. What is yours? Do you listen to music? Do you warm-up? Do you load up? The best way to prepare is to collect yourself and just relax.
One hour before the race, relax or walk for a little while. Think of your plan on how to reserve your energy. Remind yourself why you signed-up in the first place. You can also meditate and calm every nerve in your body.
A month before your run, make sure to establish a healthy sleeping cycle.
By following these simple tips you’ll be able to complete your event easily and with confidence.