Thinking about training for a marathon? Do you have any idea how long will you run for such event? A marathon is not just a simple run. This event came from the Greek – Battle of Marathon. Legend says that when the Greeks won the battle against Persians they sent a runner named Pheidippides to run the entire distance to Athens just to bring the news. Today, marathon is done all over the world to test the endurance of both men and women. It is 26 miles, 385 yards run on a variety of different terrains. To perform well in a marathon, a person should undergo vigorous training to develop their stamina, and recognize their physical limits before entering the marathon. Do you have such determination and endurance for the said event?
Prep for marathon training
Before any marathon training, there are essential preparations that you ought to do; it is not like cramming for a test the night before. Preparation for a marathon takes time and it’s important to have a plan before you start training. It starts at least a month and even much longer than that. It is important to test you limitations and further train to enhance your running skills. Moreover, there are dos and don’ts that you must adhere to. There is a certain diet and there are foods that one should avoid before and during the marathon training. If you are unsure of how to create a plan, ensure you reach out to a personal trainer like the ones in Calgary at Fresh Fitness.
Deep – fried foods a No -No for runners
“Nothing messes a performance level for runners like a deep-fried food does. “ Most of us know that deep-fried foods are unhealthy. You can lie to yourself all you want and say that “it just tastes so good” but look at it this way, you can consume a piece of, say a fried chicken, but you have to know that the effects are detriment not only for a short term but for a long term as well. Deep-fried foods contain trans fat that are difficult to digest which may lead to excess gas – bloating, constipation, diarrhea and stomach pain which could stop you from running a marathon. Furthermore, fat is difficult to metabolize, hence the body needs more energy to metabolize it causing you to have decreased energy level during the marathon day. Deep-fried foods cause a runner to move slowly and sluggishly. Now that you know what will happen if you eat fries, crispy chicken, pizza, and the like, will you still indulge in such? Perhaps keeping away from certain food trucks will be a good strategies as many will serve extremely unhealthy food. Look for food trucks that serve healthier fare such as sushi and other non-fried option.
Proper Diet before a marathon
So what is the proper diet for a person who is joining the marathon training? Three days before the marathon are the critical days to watch what you eat – load up with carbohydrates, starchy vegetables, fruits and lean meat. Carbohydrates are vital energy source; it is primarily stored in the liver and the muscles, and can easily be converted to energy during running. Think of it as stored energy that you can use during the marathon day.
With self discipline, determination and focus, I know you’ll make it to the marathon… Good luck with the race!!!