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Top tips for running a marathon

Top tips for running a marathon

26.2 miles in anyone’s money is a long way. But take it steady, and you too can join the marathon club.

The key to a good marathon is to take it one step at a time, and to take your time with the training.

Marathons have become big business – where once they were considered the preserve of “serious” runners, now they’re for everyone. Fundraisers, couch to marathon runners, walkers, young and old, one-time-only runners.

The important thing to take into account is that if you’re going to run that distance, you must train well.

Here’s what you need to know:

Prep for time on your feet

A lot of people don’t appreciate just how long they’re going to be on their feet for – and if it’s your first and you’re not used to running, it could take anything up to 8 hours. That’s a long time! Look after your feet by wearing good socks and proper footwear

Start slow

Build up your mileage, about a mile a week. Yep, do the maths – you’ll need a good six months if you’re starting from scratch to get to that distance without injury.

Hydrate properly

Staying hydrated is key – but not just with water. It can actually be fatal to drink too much water and flush the electrolytes out of your body. Keep a balance by taking on a sports drink, sipping small amounts regularly, and topping up your electrolytes and salt, particularly if it’s hot and you’re sweating lots.

Grease up

Bits rub, and after time they can get sore. Grease up the bits that are at risk – toes, under the bra line, nipples for men, anywhere where seams rub the skin.

Enjoy the experience

After all, it may only happen once! Take every moment to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy what you’re achieving.

the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .