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50 Things to Know Before Running Your First Marathon
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Chapter 1- Decision Time
1 – Know the Distance
2 – Time Commitment
3 – Choosing the Right Race
4 – Race Fees
5 – Plan for Your Registration
6 – Pick the Right Training Plan
7 – Fall or Spring Marathon?
Chapter 2 - Training
8 – GPS Watches
9 - Training Software
10 – Rotate Your Shoes
11 – Post Run Nutrition
12 – Ice Baths Are Your Friend
13 – Speed Kills
14 – Directional Running
15 – Beware of Chafing!
16 – Increase Your Hydration
17 – Choosing a Goal Time
Chapter 3 – Race Day Preparation
18 – Tapering
19 – Carbohydrate Loading
20 – Your Race Bag
21 – The Expo
22 – The Prerace Dinner
23 – Prerace Hydration
24 – Sleeping Before the Race
25 – Time of Arrival
26 – Porta Potties
27 – Questionable Weather
28 – Save Your Old Clothes
29 – The Drop Bag
30 – What to Run With
31 – Nothing New
Chapter 4 – The Race
32 – Picking Your Start Location
33 – Wait Until You Cross the Starting Mat
34 – Stopping at the Water Stations
35 – Hit the Last Table
36 – Pace Groups
37 – Curb Your Enthusiasm
38 – Mind Your Mileage
39 – Change Up The Pace
40 – Breathe Easy
41 – Be the Ball
42 – Watch That Finish
Chapter 5 – The Aftermath
43 – Don’t Stop
44 – See the Photographer
45 – The Food Tent And Beyond
46 – How’s That Urine?
47 – Beer Is a Source of Carbohydrates and Electrolytes
48 – Know Your D.O.M.S.
49 – Give It a Rest
50 – Pick Your Next Race
Completing a marathon will leave you with a feeling like no other. For most people, it ranks as one of the most thrilling accomplishments on their life's resume. Once you've trained for and finished a marathon, you'll have the feeling there is little in life that is outside your grasp if you are determined to grasp it.
There are two events in my life that stand out as moments of startling self-discovery. The first happened at age 32 during the birth of my first child. I thought I knew myself and understood my narrow range of emotions, until I stood weeping at the sight of my newborn son. The second happened about 10 years later when I ran my first marathon. I considered myself a mental rock, unflappable in the face of imminent crises, and then mile 18 happened.
The standard length of a marathon training program is 18 weeks. As a first time marathoner, you will have a lot of questions during those 18 weeks. The task at hand is daunting and even the best prepared marathoner will make mistakes. The myriad of decisions that you are faced with in the weeks leading up to the event will pale in comparison to the deluge of things you will need to think about on race day. The stress and rush of emotions that you will be faced with in the days leading up to the marathon do not lend themselves to sound decision making. There will be things you forget about, or don't consider at all. And having something spring up in front of you when you are in a panic approaching the starting line is not the way to start one of the most thrilling journeys of your life.
This is my list of 50 things you should know and consider before running your first marathon. I've run dozens of marathons over the years and have accumulated a checklist of sorts. Most of these things are on this list because at one time or another I've made a racing faux pas or spent needless time worrying about something that I vowed would not happen again. I hope you can benefit from my original cluelessness and more adequately enjoy your journey into the fabulous adventure that is the marathon.
"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
- Fred Lebow
Running a marathon is not for everyone. There are a host of things to take into account before deciding if you really, REALLY want to do it. It is certainly a decision that needs to be factored based on the “burden vs. benefit” rule. Of course I believe the benefit far outweighs the burden, but I like running these things almost to a pathological degree, so I’m sure a more level headed person would approach the decision differently. So let’s have a look at the initial things to consider, starting with the obvious but still-needs-to-be-stated truth about the race.