After all your hard work with your training, you feel really pumped for your first marathon. This is rewarding, but there are still some things you need to do to be fully prepared.
Are You Physically and Mentally Ready?
Even if you have been training for a long time if you don’t feel that you are ready for the marathon then postpone it. There will be plenty of others that you can participate in.
It can be a little overwhelming when you are going to run your first marathon. You can prepare for this mentally by studying the course that you will be running. By doing so, you are going to feel a little more comfortable on the day of the race.
Hopefully, you have been practising warm-ups in your training regime. Be sure to do the same before your event. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the event and forget about warming up.
Ideally, you should set goals for yourself when you were going through your training. These goals are what kept you going. You also want to have a purpose for entering the marathon. Aside from self-satisfaction. Most often a lot of the marathons are run for charity purposes. Be sure to pick a marathon that is supporting a cause that it is important to you. Then when you get into some of the difficult spots during the marathon, you can use this cause to spur you on.
Run in Silence
During your training, chances are you listened to music during your workouts. There is nothing wrong with this, but you should also get used to running in silence. Meaning no music or headphones. There certainly will be no silence during your marathon, but you need to feel comfortable without your headset or the music that you may have become accustomed to.
Know The Rules
You need to make sure you know the rules of the marathon if there are any, which there usually are. However, in most cases, they are simple. Also, if registration is required don’t leave this till the last minute. You don’t want to be stressing yourself out just before your event.
Get To Know The Others
If this is your first marathon, it may be that you don’t know any of the other participants. It is a good idea to get to know a few of them. This way, you will feel more comfortable in your setting.
The Proper Perspective
Everyone has their own reasons for participating in marathons. Remember the most important aspect of this event is that you have fun. If it becomes a chore or you get disappointed because you may not have completed the event, then you are robbing yourself of a great experience.
Always remember to be courteous to all those who are participating in the event as well as the spectators. On occasion, you may come across someone rude. Just ignore them as you have worked too hard to let someone spoil this event for you.
Once you have completed your first marathon, you are going to feel a lot more comfortable going forward. Chances are this is an experience you will want to repeat. However, remember that every course is different so you will always want to familiarise yourself with each one.