Tips for preparing for a marathon

Tips for preparing for a marathon

Everybody likes a good challenge now and then and what better challenge than the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon which will be taking place on 20 September.

If you have ever taken on the challenge of participating in a marathon then you will know that it is no easy feat. Lots of preparation has to take place before lacing up your shoes on that day.

One of the most important things that you have to take into consideration is a healthy diet. Eating clean is vital to fuel your body instead of weighing it down during the race.

The main part comes with exercise and former athlete, Elana Meyer gives her advice on how to take on a marathon.

“Preparing for a marathon, the focus should be on strength, endurance and pace runs. You need to be strong if you want to run a good marathon. By incorporating strength conditioning it will help you stay injury free and handle the distance a lot better. Also incorporate hill repeats. It will make you tough. Incorporate time trials, park runs or longer intervals into your programme. It will help with running economy and you will feel a lot more comfortable at marathon race pace,” she said.

Not only is staying active good for you mentally and physically but it helps prevent chronic disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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