All of you are now busy gearing-up for the MARG Chennai Marathon 2010.. With just a few days to go for the big run, here are a few tips that will help you touch the finish-line faster and easier:
The Golden Rule of Marathon running – Start Slow. The crowd is maximum at the start of the marathon and there is no point trying to run fast. You will just tire yourself weaving through crowd. Start slowly, save the energy for later.
Maintain a steady pace. Enjoy the race. Don’t overexert yourself or sprint fast just because you feel strong. You don’t want to break down half way through it. Remember, finishing matters more than winning.
Recharge yourself. People think stop at the water points will waste time, but going without water can slow you down more. You need to consume water atleast every 15-20 mins to stay hydrated. It might also be useful to carry energy bars or gels to replenish your energy along the way.
Plan ahead. Make a list of the things you will need for the marathon a day in advance – your gear, water bottle, energy bars, timer, bib pins – and anything else you need. You don’t want to stand at the start line and realize you’ve forgotten your timer or water bottle.
Train for the Marathon. The biggest myth about marathons is that you don’t need any special training for it. Start exercising atleast 2 weeks before the marathon and prepare your body. Go for short runs everyday. Tone up those muscles!
Don’t forget to stretch. Stretch your muscles before AND after the marathon. Helps reduce weariness. Also wear comfortable shoes and clothes. New shoes are a strict no-no.
Last, but not the least – Support Others. If you pass other runners who seem to be weary, cheer them on. Just saying “Keep going, you’re looking good” might be the boost they need.
Enjoy your run, have a good time at the MARG Chennai Marathon 2010.