Fun runs are “fun” if you know what you’re doing and where you’re heading, at least. Unfortunately, my first fun run wasn’t as fun as I expected it to be. I was extremely exhausted.
So, if you’re thinking of joining a running marathon, have the #hearttofinish it. Here are some tips for both of us!
Tip #1: Invest in a good pair of running shoes
I couldn’t agree with this tip more. I thought buying branded shoes is impractical. However, for running shoes, my partner had told me to invest in a good pair. The one that’s comfortable, durable, and affordable. I couldn’t find an “affordable” one but thankfully, Dr. Kong was on sale that time!
What I like about Dr. Kong is they have the “foot assessment.” It determines your foot’s flexibility. This test will also reveal if you’re flat-footed or needs help with posture. Apparently, because of my weight and my shoe preference (I love wearing flats), I became flat-footed and needs correction. So Dr. Kong’s staff helped me choose the best running shoes so I won’t tip over or twist my ankle.
Tip #2: Condition your physical ability
I must admit, I didn’t prepare at all, which explains why I felt terribly exhausted. I did a few stretching exercises, though, but it wasn’t enough. According to Runnersworld.com, beginning marathoners like us should’ve at least practiced running at a bearable pace weeks before the run. As we build momentum, we must increase our weekly mileage up to 10%, the website added. So, if the marathon is scheduled 3 months from now, depending on your chosen distance, we must pace ourselves as early now. However, overtiring ourselves is not acceptable because too much practice or exercise is bad too. Therefore, a visit to your doctor, specifically, a cardiologist is a must. Depending on their findings, they might ask you to do a stress test.
A stress test is to gauge your tolerance for any strenuous activity such as running on a treadmill. It has 6 stages, in which you must surpass at least the 4th stage. It’s like a typical exercise but it checks your heart rate and rhythm with blood pressure monitoring as you progress. Not finishing the six stages doesn’t mean you have a poor heart though. Depending on your doctor’s advice, you might just have a low tolerance for stress like me.
Tip #3: Have a proper mindset: Be mentally fit
For someone who has a panic disorder like me, preparing mentally is equally important. I panicked when I saw tenured runners, celebrities, lights, and more.
I thought of quitting. I thought it would be easier for me to just stay and support other runners. Thankfully, my son was there to root for me.
So, to avoid being anxious before or during the run, you must:
- Think again why you joined – did you join for fame or for personal achievement? Whatever your answer may be, I believe you joined to better yourself.
- Bring your supportive friend, relative, partner – words of affirmation and encouragement are both powerful. Remember the trending video of Anne and Erwan? The video went viral because it showed a genuine act of love and care. She wanted to give up because she’s already tired but because of her husband’s support and encouraging words, it gave Anne a bit of a boost to finish what she started.
Additionally, ask your runner friends for a few tips and tricks on how to effectively prepare yourself for a marathon.
I guess, Edna was right all along:
Joining these marathons are extremely fun. It’s full of camaraderie and sportsmanship. I can finally say, I finished the 10km, not bad for a first-timer! I’m sure there will be a lot of challenges to face on the second one! But we got this!
The last leg of Runrio will be on September 23rd, that’s three months from now. If you’re thinking of joining, you know what to do. Just read the above tips. So, see you there!
Are you a newbie runner? Do you have any advice to share?