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How to prepare for a marathon

by Noah Bloom Posted in Sports

A marathon is a hell of a life goal. It’s really long and takes a lot of preparation. You can’t just show up and expect to survive. So you still want to do one? It’s simple:

  1. Get a good pair of shoes from a runner who works at a sports shoe or running specialty store
  2. Run as many days a week as you can, even if it’s short each time
  3. Don’t increase mileage more than 10% a week
  4. If you want to do speed work, which will make you faster and is fun training, get Jack Daniels training book and a GPS watch (yes the coach is really named Jack Daniels)
  5. Learn to eat something (gel, fig, Clif Blok) while running and eat that exact thing once or twice during the race. And drink water.
  6. Watch out for any minor injury which could get worse
  7. and then get yourself to the start line! and be prepared for a world of pain and awesomeness starting at mile 20. Enjoy every mile, smile (it’ll feel easier for a moment) and let me know how it went.

The author at the 2009 Victoria BC Marathon

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