A veteran marathoner shares her top tips for beginner marathon runners.
One of the smartest things you can do before running your first marathon (aside from literally training for the race) is gather advice. Ask questions and learn lessons from veteran runners who have completed the distance a few times before.
While you can’t predict all of the different factors that could affect your marathon come race day (unless you’re psychic, I guess?), if you take some notes from experienced marathoners you can start to gather some kind of semblance about what to expect and at least plan for the aspects that are in your control—like your outfit and pace times.
Sandra LaFlamme has completed a handful of marathons and blogs about running at OrganicRunnerMom.com. She first and foremost recommends that first time marathoners choose a race that takes place in the fall. That way, the chances of dealing with unpredictable and inclement weather won’t be as likely, both while training and on race day.
When I spoke to her about a runner’s first time tackling the marathon distance, she also offered the following five tips.