Here Are 26.2 Things I Learned While Training For The NYC Marathon


If you’re training for your first marathon — or even if you’re
not — here’s what I learned while training for this very, very
long race.

Posted on March 09, 2018, 19:15 GMT

In this photo, you will see me and a large ice cream cone.

To me, exercising was a chore, and nobody likes doing chores.
So, I just avoided it at all costs.

At this point, you have to be wondering why I decided to
train for and run a marathon, which is 26.2 grueling miles

Well, for 2 years in a row, my roommate and I went to the
marathon to watch and cheer on the runners.

5. Talk to people who have actually run a

I talked to my friend Aaron who ran the marathon two years
before me. He was so helpful and calmed my nerves. He also told
me that he crawled for the two days following the marathon.
Aaron was helpful. Find your Aaron.

8. Running on sidewalks is different than
running on the road.

I didn’t learn this until it was too late. Sidewalks are flat,
roads are slanted for drainage purposes, so roads put different
strain on your ankles and knees. If you can, try training on a
route similar to the one that you will be running on marathon
day – I didn’t do this, which resulted in a lot of pain during
my marathon. My knees weren’t ready for the slanted roads!

15. Experiment with what food you want to
eat during your race.

You should start testing which food/nutritional products you
are going to use long before you run the big race. I have no
technical background in nutrition, so maybe I’m not the best
person to ask, but I’ll tell you what foods I landed on:
almonds and Twizzlers. Both were easy to carry and fun to eat.

Unfortunately, ice cream is not a food that you are encouraged
to eat while running a marathon.

17. Tapering will make you feel like
you’re slacking.

The two weeks before your big race is usually when runners do
something called “the taper.” This is when you seriously scale
back your mileage. This results in kind of a constant restless
leg syndrome. It’s not fun and it makes you feel like you are
missing out on precious preparation time. I can’t say for sure
if it helped me, but I will say that everyone says to do it. So
do what feels right for you!

20. I️ swear to god, if you don’t hydrate,
you’re going to be sorry. But don’t overdo it either it.

While you’re sitting around for the few days before the
marathon, you should be drinking copious amounts of water. I
peed like 20 times a day. Keep track of your water intake and
be diligent. I tried to drink at least 4 big bottles
of water a day. You don’t want to get two miles into the
race and then have to quit because you’re dehydrated. But you
also don’t want to overdo it either. Too much water can cause
hyponatremia, a potentially life-threatening health situation
that has been known to make first-time
marathoners extremely sick.

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