All image credits: Shutterstock
Here are expert tips to help you get to the finish line, and mark that much-awaited marathon off your bucket list.
Go for a complete physical test (eg: calcium, vitamin B12 and D, iron, magnesium, transferrin saturation and kidney profile) and discuss any injuries or health concerns with your doctor.
Go for a well-spaced out training routine to make sure you gain both, strength and stamina, before the big run. Ensure your routine is safe and effective.
Experts suggest starting to train three months prior to the day of the marathon and running five or six times a week.
You can always join a group of other runners and train together to keep up the energy levels.
If you are a novice runner, it’s always better if you run a few shorter races, prior to committing yourself to a marathon.
It’s important that you fix your sleep timings, avoid skipping meals, drinking alcohol and smoking.
Get more rest than usual and ensure you're getting a good night's nap. Also, experts recommend taking a break from the training, if your body demands.
More calorie consumption during marathon training can help maintain your muscle protein and your blood sugar levels.
Stay well-hydrated throughout the run - during training as well as the marathon - since it will help prevent decreased coordination and muscle cramping.
Eating a combination of foods rich in carbohydrates and proteins helps to rebuild the muscles after exercise.