Running a marathon on the race day is not hard, the hard thing is the training for the marathon.
Six weeks are gone since I started my intensive training for Nairobi Marathon on 28th October 2008. This will be my third marathon and my target this year is to run a sub three hours marathon. My Personal Best is 3.06.
The hard part of marathon training is that you run without drinking water along the way. Running a 5K or 10K without drinking some water along the way is not difficult, it becomes difficult when you do the long runs.
My long runs are up to 32K, by the time I finish my lips are dry as a stone.
Water Saving Ideas for the long run.
I don’t carry water when I go for the long, I just do the following to save the water in my body.
1. Load on water. I start by drinking plenty of water before going to sleep then I drink at least half a litre before I go out running.
2. The half litre is mixed with salt. Salt helps in water retention plus it helps to curb stomach crumps.
3. I maintain a slow pace, A training long run is meant to build endurance and confidence. Running at a slower pace than my pre race pacer saves energy and water.