Top marathon tips from RW forumites
With so much to think about before your first marathon – what to wear, when to eat and how to pace yourself for starters – it’s no wonder your anxiety levels can soar during the build-up to race-day.
Who can you turn to for advice and reassurance? The RW forumites of course. They’ve hundreds of marathons-worth of experience between them, and we’ve picked their brains for these fail-safe tips to ensure your marathon debut goes as smoothly as possible.
From bum-bag necessities to perfectly timed pit stops, make sure you’ve every eventuality covered with these handy pointers.
Even though I read all the advise about running a marathon, followed a training plan and set what I thought was a realistic time it still hurt.
Don't get hung up on a time. I did and perhaps thats why I still went too fast (although in line with my target) and my legs fatigued badly at 30k.
Take the first one very easy and just complete the distance. I thought I knew better
Hi!! I would love some advice. I used to be reasonably fit and have run 4 marathons. The last one was in 2009. Sonce then my fitness has declined and I am now over wieght. I am so fustrated that i have let myself decline so much. I have decided to try and do a marathon in June. This gives me 6 motnhs to lose wieght and get fitter. I am not looking for any time records. Just to get round it by running.
Any ideas where to start re training plans?? Right now I cant run 20 minutes but as soon as I fall in love again (with running) i know there is no stopping me.
Enjoy it, stick to the line and take flip flops,I was so jealous of those taking there trainers off at the end and putting on flip flops,
Have Wet Wipes for the end, as it'll probably be a while before you can find somewhere to wash.
and clean socks for after, too (I'm not sure I'd feel safe in flip flops, so I take old comfy trainers instead), and something warm - an emergency blanket (if you get one) isn't as nice as a soft jumper or hoodie
... and something really nice to eat (Snickers for me) and perhaps a recovery shake.
The first was my best!
I did it slowly and I had plenty of energy left by the end. That was my first and last marathon when I didn't care about my time and I just enjoyed it.
Only thing that I did wrong and I learnt - however cold the weather seems to be in the morning, a single running vest is sufficient.
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