Ten Tips for Your Surrey Half or Full Marathon by The Run Inn
1. Build gradually. The longer distance events can seem daunting, yet are very manageable if you go a little further each week.
2. Plan for recovery weeks. Every few weeks, dropping the distance back will leave you fresh for building more distance once again.
3. Wear technical fabrics. Cotton shirts and socks will hold moisture and will cause chafing and blisters. Synthetic clothing made specifically for running will be more comfortable and will wick away moisture.
4. Wear shoes that are not worn out. Typically, a running shoe is good for no more than 800 kilometres of running. If you bought that shoe a few years ago, it is time for new running shoes.
5. Get enough sleep. With the additional demands of those extra kilometres, it is good to be well-rested.
6. Run with friends. It is much easier to stick with a program if you have people who are waiting to meet for a run. A running clinic is ideal for this.
7. Enjoy the scenery. Running will take you to all sorts of cool places. Don’t forget to enjoy the view!
8. Be consistent. You will develop a routine that is easier to maintain if you run at regular times on regular days. Don’t get discouraged if you miss the occasional run. Just do your best to run as regularly as possible.
9. Stay hydrated by drinking a sports drink before during and after workouts, especially the longer sessions. You can also add gels, bars or chews with water to keep your energy up as the distances get longer.
10. Have fun! This isn’t supposed to be torture. Good friends sharing a common healthy goal is a lot of fun.
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