Whether it be for charity or to rejuvenate your stamina, a summer marathon can be a thrill for any exercise junkie. However, when running a marathon, it is important to put your safety ahead of any winning position. Here are some means of training for your summer marathon.
- Hydrate to the Extreme
Your body finds it very difficult to remain active without constant hydration. Known as a soluent for all your bodies biochemical reactions, can you imagine how much strain your body will be under in a marathon without it? With 50-60% of a human’s body weight being amassed from water, it is essential that any athlete remembers to take consistent drinking breaks to rehydrate their bodies and, as a result, refuel themselves. During your summer marathon it will be hot, so make sure to have a water bottle strapped to some part of your person.
- Know your own limits
As we all know, summer can be quite a hot time of the year and this will make your task of a marathon even greater. With heatstroke as an ever-looming threat, don’t be scared to take a break if you feel ill. Any feelings of pain, stretching or tension in your body should also be carefully accounted for before you start running. If there is any sign of heavy bruising, damage or back strain then see a doctor. The last thing you need is a long-lasting injury that could damage your body.
- Adaption and Climate
If you begin training for a marathon in the cold snow of December, you may be in for a surprise when the summer appears. For a summer marathon will leave you hot and sweaty, and the last thing that will help you is by training in warm clothes rather than clothing that will keep you cool and well ventilated. Instead of training in the cold, why not begin in a gym or a boot camp, such as the sunny boot camps of Prestige Bootcamp in Portugal, so that you can receive the help of a gym trainer before you set off on your own. This way you can stick to warm environments and build up your stamina
- Targets and Mantras
After creating a timetable for your exercise, it can be tempting to do more than you expected. Not only can this exhaust you but it may also deter you from sticking to your regime in the long term. Watching your friends and their own exercise timetables may also encourage this behaviour. Try and resist the urge to compete with them and stick to your own timetable. Only you know your body’s limits and you cannot exhaust yourself without putting your whole training regime in danger. Take it slowly and build up to larger conquests
- Healthy Eating
Resist those sugar highs and try to indulge in healthy smoothies and fruit based products. For sugar will only deliver a temporary burst of energy, whilst fruit and vegetables can keep an athlete active throughout the full day.