Onwards And Upwards: The National Vertical Marathon At GT
Soo…here’s the thing about the first guy the marathon was named after: He died of over-exhaustion. You don’t want to injure yourself while preparing for your marathon, so make sure to start your conditioning with a few shorter routes, amping up the distance covered gradually over time.
Train in incremental steps, increasing your route by 1 kilometre over the course of a year. You may even want to participate in 5km, 10km and half marathons, just to get yourself into the swing of things.
Dress The Part
Function over form, folks! Avoid cotton tops at all costs, and make sure to wear clothing made out of nylon. Don’t try to break in a new pair of sneakers just before the marathon proper, and do a full-dress rehearsal before the day itself, with a 5-6 kilometre run in your marathon outfit and shoes.
Eat The Right Stuff
During the three days prior to the marathon, concentrate on eating carbohydrate-rich foods like pasta, potatoes, fruit and bread. Loading up on carb-rich food (also known as carb loading) is a tactic used by endurance athletes and runners to maximise their energy during the event proper.
That being said, binging isn’t necessary: be sure that a larger proportion of your diet comes from carb-rich food, but don’t overload on sushi buffets!
Do your research
Try to do your practice runs on terrain that’s similar to your marathon route. Whether the marathon takes place on flat or hilly ground will dictate what muscles you’ll be using for the entire race, and in what proportion. And the most important tip of all: Remember to do a Rocky Balboa pose at the end of your trial runs, for maximum style points.