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Marathon Training Tips To Help You Run Your First Marathon In 2013

2013 is here and if you plan to run your first full marathon this year? Here are tips to make sure your dream is not just a pipe dream but becomes a reality.

Make sure you train

Okay, this sounds blindingly obvious and it will be considered foolish to most people to embark on running a Half Marathon without doing any training. However, it does happen and, of course, the people who do so are daft.

There is more to this point than those people silly enough not to train. Firstly, it is important to train specifically for running a Half Marathon. You may be fit already as a result of going to the gym, playing football, swimming etc, but if your body is not conditioned to running long distances on tarmac, over various road contours and in varying weather conditions, then you will not be ready for a Half Marathon run. Even if you are already fit and active, it is important your training is all about running. Well, not quite all, but the vast majority of your training in the months before a Half Marathon should involve running.

Finally, it is important to complete your training schedule and run on every day you are supposed to. Always remember it is those days when do not want to run but do so anyway that will mean the most on race day.

So, whatever your level of fitness or general motivation, this message is important: make sure you train.

Pick the right marathon training schedule

A Marathon Training Schedule is a great way to not only plan your preparation for race day, but to also ensure you do enough training. Marathon Training Schedules are tried and tested with every day of training planned out in advance, making it easier to build training sessions into your daily routine.

Selecting the wrong schedule, however, could be disastrous.

Firstly, be realistic about your abilities. It will be incredibly de-motivating to struggle to complete each day’s training. That is an important sentence as Marathon Training is as much about building mental toughness as physical fitness. By completing every day of training (even the rest days), you are one step closer to completing your ultimate goal. The sense of achievement will be particularly pronounced on the days with long distance runs.

To finish this point, it is also important to avoid schedules that are too easy. It is all about finding the balance – you will want a schedule that is challenging enough that you improve as you train while not being so difficult that you cannot complete each day’s run. It is also important to be realistic about the time you can allocate each day to training. It is no use choosing a schedule that will require an average of one hour training every day if your lifestyle does not allow that.

Stay hydrated

Studies have shown that being as little as 2 percent dehydrated can have a negative effect on your running performance. Being dehydrated can make you run slower and may make you feel sluggish and light-headed. You may also start to cramp. It is therefore important to make sure you take on enough fluids while Half Marathon Training.

Include strength training in your schedule

Leg strength is a key element of Marathon Training. It is one of the main factors in determining whether you run the marathon in the time you want. It is also a factor in determining whether you can complete the whole event running, without having to walk.

Strength training can take many different forms, including using a cross training machine at the gym or going to a circuits or spin class. It could also be much simpler, though. You could do plenty of hill work during your normal training runs – the steeper the hill, the better. Or, you could incorporate speed work into your normal training runs.

Any sort of strength training you do will reap benefits on race day.

Stay Positive When Training

Being mentally fit is as important as being physically fit when it comes to being successful in a Half Marathon run. It is no different to any other sport, or in fact any other aspect of life. If you are not in the right frame of mind, it is very hard to achieve your goals.

The most important things is to stay positive throughout your training. Tell yourself every day that you feel good, fit and strong. That may sound silly to some, but it does work. Treat every completed day’s training as an achievement and congratulate yourself for taking another step closer to your goal.

To Your Success! May you dream turn to reality in 2013.

Why You will Love Training With Garmin Forerunner 305

Many runners who use Garmin forerunner 305 ………. love it. You can use it to train on your bike and running and also take it with you when go hiking

Features of Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS  sports watches.

The garmin has about ever feature offered, Pace /speed, elevation, heartrate( with HR Strap), cadence (for bike, with cadence sensor), distance, distance on tread mill (with foot pod), calories (although only estimated), sun down, route finding, course, virtual running partner, Workout scheduler ( I use this all the time on bike workouts), auto mile laps, alerts for distance, time, heart rate and speed. A great history tool.

Battery Life of Garmin Forerunner 305

The battery is only good for up to 10 hours… that is the downside. It is a little large on the wrist. They are expensive $350 and up, but if you don’t want the Heart rate function (which I recomend) get the forerunner 301. Or the older version the 201 on ebay…I’ve seen them go for $100 New with tags.

Article courtesy of marathon watches.

Ryan Hall Chicago Marathon Training

Ryan Hall has been gearing up for 2011 Chicago marathon by tweaking his training plan. Having been out run by the Kenyans every time, Ryan Has been studying the Kenyans and he now feels he has the answer to beat them.

“I’m realizing more and more how important it is for me to maintain contact. That’s something I did well at Boston this year, where guys would get away from me,” he said in an interview this summer with a Stanford alumni magazine.

“That’s how I stay in the front, but how do I win the race? That’s a whole different question,” he added. “That’s what I’m starting to address now.”

 

 

Kenenisa Bekele Training Plan

BBC did a fantastic interview with Kenenisa Bekele, BBC Sport asked the Ethiopian running legend, Kenenisa Bekele about his training plan, plus a wide range of issues, from the chances of him racing Usain Bolt, to how he felt being confronted by a Lion when training.

Kenenisa Bekele weekly Runs

He told the BBC that he trains more than 100 miles a week for training. Now that is a punishing schedule! As they say, NO PAIN NO GAIN.

The interview is abit dated but it is worth it. Watch the interview at BBC sport

Causes of Cold Stomach After Running

After my sunday morning run I touched my tummy and I was a little bit shocked to feel it was cold. My first reaction was something must be wrong: I have associated cold things with dead things!

When I got back home I immediately switched on my laptop and started Googling “cause of cold stomach after running”

My nerves were calmed down when I learn’t it was normal to experience a cold stomach after running.

According to answers.com

Your stomach gets cold when you work out because you are burning calories/losing weight. The fats and carbohydrates get digested much quicker and the blood begins to rush to other organs at a faster rate. Fermetation then kicks in and replaces the oxygen being lost from your blood going elsewhere in your body with lactic acid. The lactic acid will cause both a buring in you abdominales along with a colder feeling on the surface of you stomach.

Chris Solinsky Training Regimen : Work Out

Chris Solinsky has debunked the Myth that stated only light weight runners can run a fast 10,000m.

Chris Solinksy’s 26:59.60 10,000m American record is special in 4 ways.

  1. According to science of sports, Only 31 runners have broken 27 minutes for 10,000m.
  2. According to running times, No non African-born runner has ever run as fast.
  3. No one in the world—not Bekele, Tadese, Kogo or anybody else—has run that fast this year.
  4. The big one: His weight, Chris Solinsky weighs 73Kgs, compare that to the top guns at this level, Bekele at 54 kg (119 lbs), Gebrselassie (56 kg/123 lbs), Tergat (63kg/132 lbs) and Sammy Wanjiru (52kg/115 lbs). The sports scientist has a fantastic graph on these, see graph

So How Did Solinsky Train to be this fast? : Training Regimen & Work Out

The answer is inside a running times interview. The guy disclosed he has focused on aerobic running. By aerobic running he means he does his training by running at a pace he is able to breath comfortably.We can all do this but the special thing about Chris is the distance he covers in a week, he runs 100 – 120 miles a week. He has been doing this over the years and it seems he is now reaping the fruits.

Read the rest of the interview at running times.

Design Your Own T Shirt : Custom Road Race T Shirt

If you are interested in having a custom made running T-shirt you can write the words yourself if you know how to do screen printing, but the true is most of us never went to art school. How about getting someone who is good at designing T – shirts do it for you?

Find a Local Running T-shirt Designer

The easiest way to find a designer is to check around your neighbourhood or town. Go through the classified pages of your local paper, another option is to check the yellow pages. The advantage of finding a local designer is that you will meet face to face and you can explain to him/her your needs.

Find a T-shirt Designer Online

Thanks to the internet, a simple search on google “find t-shirt designer” will give you lots of option. The advantage of finding a running T-shirt designer online is they are cheaper than your local designer, most promise a money back guarantee if you are not happy with the final work. Main disadvantage is that due to backlog of orders it may take long to get your Job done quickly – upto 2 weeks.

Some online road race t-shirt designers.

Customink

Cafepress

Logosportswear

Roadraceshirts

Bernard Lagat Interview : Training : Diet : Workout

At 35 years Bernard Lagat is a man still at the top of his game. Watching him win 3000m gold at 2010 world indoor championship I was left feeling this guy is special.Consider that his former rival such as Moraccan Hicham E Guerrouj has since retired bogged down by injuries and age.

Is there a Secret?

I tried googling for information about Bernard Lagat, Hoping to find some secret workout but I didnt find any. If his coach has discovered the secret to athlete longevity and he has refused to share with the world, You cant blame him!

The closest I came to a secret has to be an interview Bernard Lagat gave back in 2007 to a small group of American and international media at Nike’s Osaka hotel.

Two questions stood out because they explained the mans approach to training, diet and discipline.

Take us through a season. When are you in Tuscon; when are you in Flagstaff, and when are you in Europe?

After the season, I go back to Tuscon, eat a lot, play with my son, and on November 1st, I begin the base training. I’ll start with no more than 20-25 miles per week, then increase it until January 1st, when we get serious because of the indoor season. After the indoor season, we take a few weeks off, then hit it again in Tuscon until April when we go to Flagstaff for eight weeks of hard training.

In Flagstaff, that’s the time when I start training in the morning and afternoon. Once that’s done, there are several races, including Mt. SAC, Prefontaine, New York, and the US nationals. After the US nationals, I go to Germany and stay there for three months until the final Grand Prix meet of the season. Once the season is over, the cycle starts again,

Where is your European training base?

I’m based in Tubingen, Germany. It’s about 20 minutes south of Stuttgart. Stuttgart is easily accessible for us (especially when traveling to meets in Europe); all we have to do is take a short drive up to the airport. Tubingen has a lot of good forests in which you can run; you can run north, south, east, west. It’s good for a runner like me, who likes to run long distances. I stay away from cement. The good thing about Tubingen is that there are a lot of different trails. I can do tempo runs, hill work, I can run on the flat if I want to.

Read the full interview at Paul Merca Blog

Bernard Lagat plans to run at 2010 Summer Games in London and I hope and pray he wins the Gold.

Top Ten Iphone Applications for Marathon Runners

Apple Iphone has 140,000 applications, and still counting. Wading for your perfect application can be a headache if you don’t know what you are looking for, this list makes it easier to find applications dedicated for runners. Just type the name of the application on apple search box and you shall find it.

Trailguru Application for runners

Trailguru, this Iphone application records your distance, speed, and time as well as details such as how many stops you made, how long they were, your elevation, and statistics on your runs.

RunCalc Iphone Application for runners

RunCalc. Novices as well as experienced runners will enjoy using this app that calculates the pace and speed of your runs when you enter the time and distance.

Can Do 26.2 Iphone Application for runners

Can Do 26.2.will help you find any marathon in the US, can register you for the race, provides links to the races’ websites, and can tell you if the race is a Boston Qualifier.

Fitnio Iphone Applicationfor runners

Fitnio Application tracks your runs, it calculates and stores time, distance, and calories burned for each run and even keeps an emergency button with a friend’s number programmed in case you need help during a run.

Distance Meter Pro Application for Runners

Distance Meter Pro. Get distance, speed, a route map, and more with this GPS distance tracker that can be used in conjunction with TrainingPeaks.com.

Aerobicview Iphone Application

AerobicView application has over 40 attributes including distance, speed, calories, heart rate, and notes.

Imapmyrun application

iMapMyRun application allows you to see maps or your runs and synchronizes with your workouts on MapMyRun.com. If you Twitter your runs, you can do so straight from this app.

Runchart application

Run Chart. Customize routes and times as you track your runs and information about them. This app works great with your music, so you can listen to your playlists while you run.

Iphone Runners Applications that cost money

Pedometer Iphone Application

Pedometer. For only $2.99, this application probably works better than most old school pedometers that cost more money.

RunKeeper. Record your speed, pace, elevation, and more for each run as well as maps of your runs. This app is free with ads or $9.99 without ads.

How Michelle Obama Exercises : Trains : Works Out

There are many good things you can say about Michelle Obama and one of them is her well toned muscular arms.

Is it all in the genes or fruits of hard work.

Michelle Obamas trainer has revealed in the latest edition of Women? health magazine that those arms were as a result of Michelle’s willingness to do the heavy lifting and shedding sweat in the gym.

Michelle Obama Gym Routine

Cornell McClellan, the Chicagoan who has been Mrs. Obama’s trainer for 12 years, says that an “arm-training superset” of tricep pushdowns and hammer curls are the secret to her toned and defined arms.

Her typical work out consists of a combination of intense cardio and weight lifting routine.

The arms are a result of setting high standards and sticking to it. Her personal trainer sums it all “She’s truly committed herself to the importance of health and fitness.”