So you’ve decided to run your first marathon. A decision not taken lightly, with preparations likely well under way. You probably have many thoughts and emotions running through your head and might not be sure what to expect come race day. Whether you’re just starting out or are already well into your training, these tips will help to you prepare well and make your first marathon experience a success.
Whether you are training for a 5k or a marathon, it is common for runners to experience soreness and/or tightness during training. To help with this, we reached out to our endurance team to ask about their top exercises for runners. Read below to see their recommendations:
We’ve all been there before. The dread of the alarm going off at 4am. Checking the weather multiple times only to see the heat index is still indeed in the 90s. Sometimes it may manifest in the form of excuses….. “I had a long day, maybe I’ll skip this run today.”
Burnout. It’s a thing.
Does the thought of running up hills deter you from signing up for a race or running a specific route? Hills can be intimidating to novice runners and expert runners alike, however, training on hills has been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness, power and strength.1 It also enhances variability on training surfaces, which can reduce the risk of overuse injuries.
Spring is a great time to start training for your first, fifth or tenth half-marathon. No matter how many races you have participated in, you can always use helpful tips to make the most of your run come race day.
As the weather turns warmer, many people go outdoors for their workouts. Cycling is a great outdoor activity, providing a cardiovascular workout that places minimal impact through the joints. In this way, cycling can be a good option for those who do not tolerate higher level impact activities, such as running. Cycling can also be an essential component to any cross training program.
As the weather starts to warm up, you might be itching to get back outdoors for a run. Outdoor workouts offer both physical and psychological benefits such as helping with depression, anxiety and fatigue.1 Running outdoors is different than running indoors on a treadmill. As such, there are considerations to remember that can ease this transition.
As we plunge into the cold winter months, most runners are already filling their schedules with the year’s race plan. They’re surfing for coupon codes, researching training plans and shopping the sales for new gear. After the ball drops on the New Year, many are itching to start their training regime. However, often what is missing in this plan is a strengthening component.