Marathon Ready in Months

Running a marathon, or even a half, needn’t be as daunting and intimidating as it seems and is a great way to get fit both mentally as well as the obvious losing a few pounds whilst also doing your bit and raising some cash for a worthy cause – so what better reason to run one!

With these few simple considerations anything is possible! Take the leap and get some mates together and book your place for events near you. Get cracking with our handy hints and you’ll be competing against Mo Farah in no time.

Nutrition

A hugely important factor when trying to increase stamina and improve fitness, your nutrition needs to be monitored. Let your technology work for you more than just tweeting and changing your Facebook status by using an app like My Fitness Pal to monitor your calories. This handy app also keeps track of how much of each food group you’re eating and what you need to eat more of. You can also register weigh in’s and set yourself goals. This is great for motivation as it nags you via email if you haven’t logged on for a couple of days.

Even if you are trying to lose a few pounds you need to make sure your body is getting what it needs to repair after the training you need to do. Protein and carbs are important for energy; so don’t cut out those foods labeled as ‘bad’ just eat a little of everything in moderation. Some examples of healthy training foods would be a fruit pot for breakfast to kick start the day, then if you get peckish mid morning avoid the snack machine and have a vegetable snack pot with some dip like humous. For lunch why not try a pasta salad for some much needed carbs to see you through the afternoon and an after work jog through to dinner. To finish off your day, treat yourself to a grilled piece of fish or chicken with cous cous or new potatoes and a side salad. Its unrealistic to expect every day to run like this but roughly speaking try and be good and you’ll reap the rewards.

Equipment

Yes you may not need a home gym installed to just train for a marathon, in theory you should only need some good trainers and the road, but depending on how addicted you get, you may need to invest in some nifty gadgets to track your progress. Without a doubt the most important item for someone training for a marathon is the choice of running shoes. Running for such a lengthy amount of time can damage your bones and joints, if you’re not already a pro, so shopping for the correct pair is essential, fun and gives you an excuse to splash some cash. To enhance your performance even more treat yourself to some padded socks, a basic running watch and some anti blister and chafing creams are a must buy.

Sponsorship

Moving onto the most important part of the whole exercise (get it!), the money of course! Instead of getting all confused filling in forms and going around the office and your mates collecting money just use an online site that people can donate through sites such as Just Giving, My Charity Page, My Donate or Charity Choice. Alternatively, in addition to the marathon, use your imagination and get creative in finding some other fund raising methods that will also raise awareness of your brave/stupid decision to race. Examples might be holding your very own bake sales, dress up days at work or getting your colleagues to do silly things. Really utilize your social media to make people aware of your race goals and the monetary targets, then force your family and friends to retweet, share and like. Jobs a good ‘un!

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