Get Yourself Marathon Ready with These Six Expert Training Tips

The Boston Marathon on Monday kicks off an exciting marathon season throughout the United States.  Whether you are running your first or your 26th marathon, it’s always a good idea to revisit tips and tricks for training and improving your performance.

Aubrie Haymore, USANA Wellness Coordinator and Certified Exercise Physiologist, recommends her top six training tips to get you ready for racing season:

  1. Warm Up.  Begin each training session (and even race day!) with a light jog or walk to warm up your muscles before you begin your paced run.  This will help to preserve your glycogen stores and keep your core body temperature down.  It’s also a good idea to precede and follow your warmup with a few minutes of stretching.
  2. Refuel.  It is always important to fuel for endurance activities that last over 90 minutes.  My recommendation for fueling is 60-70g/carb per hour of exercise.  Try out a few different types of quick energy beans, gels or bars and see which ones feel best in your body and are easy on your stomach.  Be sure to drink water along with whatever fuel you choose.
  3. Run a half-marathon.  About a month before your race, it’s a good idea to test your fitness.  This is also a great way to give yourself a little mental lift and inspire you to maintain your training schedule all the way through to race day.
  4. Run a dress rehearsal.  Four to five days before your race, do a two- to three-mile marathon-pace run in your marathon outfit and shoes to ensure that you are comfortable and prepared for the real thing.
  5. Carb-load.  During the last three days before your race, fuel up on carbohydrate-rich foods like whole grain pasta, potatoes, bread and fruits.  The added carbs will energize your body on race day.
  6. Take a glucosamine supplement.  Your routine should include supplementing each day to help support joint health and regulate normal cartilage function. A good supplement will support natural collagen production to help lubricate and cushion your joints*.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.