Tips for the last month!
Tomorrow marks one month to go until the Windermere Marathon! Here are some important last minute tips for gearing up and getting ready!
1. WALK IT OUT!
It’s important to physically and mentally prepare for the 26.2 miles ahead. On a day when you’ve got time to spare, get up early and head out for a long walk. Aim for 20 miles. See if you can get in 3 of these walks before the marathon. Be sure to spread out the walks for maximum recovery! This is the best way to visualize the marathon and determine what clothing and shoes will be most comfortable.
Two weekends before the marathon you need to decrease your run time and start to give your body a chance to relax. We need to make sure you are in peak running shape!
3. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO WEAR
Although nobody is going to be looking at what you’re wearing…it’s going to matter to you! The shoes you wear during the marathon shouldn’t be brand new, but they shouldn’t be dead either. It’s a good idea to get a new pair of shoes today and break them in before the big day. As far as clothes and gear goes, don’t wear anything new and be sure to wear your marathon clothes and gear on at least a few of your long runs to make sure everything is comfortable!
4. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED FOR ENERGY
Head out today and stock up on energy gels (or whatever you’d like to use) and test them to figure out what energy boosts you like best. It’s also a good idea for you to purchase HEED (High Energy Electrolyte Drink) by Hammer Nutrition since we will have it available at the aid stations. It is critical that you figure out what works for you…stomach cramps are the last thing you need during mile 2!