The First-Timer’s Marathon Training Plan
Have Your Best First!
Wear the shoes and clothing in your long runs that you plan to wear on your big day. Sip the sports drink to be served on the course, and take gels and other fuel at the same intervals you will during your 42.2-K.
On long runs and on race day, avoid the urge to overdress. Bundling up can cause you to overheat and get dehydrated; plus, you’ll have to carry those extra layers a long way. You should feel slightly cool for the first kilometre or two.
On race day, first-timers often get caught up in the excitement, go out too fast, and burn out. Run the first half conservatively – you should feel as if you’re running too slowly. Focus on keeping your breathing relaxed.