You’re finally ready to cross one off the ol’ bucket list and signed up to run your first marathon. You know those 26.2 miles won’t be easy, but you’re psyched to cross the finish line and hold that proud feeling with you for the rest of your life. Here are some things to avoid while training for the big day.
Not Enough Training Time
Hopefully you already have a few shorter races under your belt before tackling a marathon, and even if you run four or more times a week, that doesn’t mean you should sign up for a race that’s three weeks away. You’ll do best if you follow some sort of plan like our four-month training schedule. Make sure whatever schedule you follow allows enough time to build up mileage appropriately.
You want to be totally ready for race day, so you run every day for hours, even through injuries, and only feel good if you wake up sore the next day. While being prepared is essential, there is such a thing as overtraining. Don’t ignore pains or illnesses, and respect your body’s need to rest, which is what will make you a stronger and faster runner. Be strict about following the training schedule, and avoid running five extra miles on the easy days. Make sure to taper off and take it easy in the weeks leading up to the race.
This year’s Boston Marathon is special to us because it marks the 40th anniversary of women officially being allowed to compete. It was 1972 when Nina Kuscsik (bib number F2) became the first female winner, beating the other seven women who started and finished the race that day. To mark the anniversary, Nina and four members of the pioneering “Class of 1972″ will be the starters of this year’s women’s race. These five women, along with Bobbi Gibb (the first female to unofficially finish the Boston Marathon), will also be honored at the marathon expo and annual Champions’ Breakfast the Saturday before the April 16 marathon.
Seven of the eight women who make up the “Class of 1972″
It’s mind boggling to think that women have only had the opportunity to run in the Boston Marathon since 1972. Learn more about the pioneers who paved the way and the milestones that have resulted since after the break!
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