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Every year, the New York City Marathon attracts tens of thousands of people to run or walk the 26.2 miles of the course. If you are thinking about running the New York City Marathon this November, then you will need to spend some time training for it. I hope that you will train a bit more than Anu and I have thus far. We made it through the Brooklyn Half by barely training, but I don't want to take that chance on the big one. Sooo, we have decided to incorporate a few long runs over the next couple of months on top of our CrossFit Workouts. DO NOT TRY THIS. Instead, follow the tips below. We will keep you posted as to how our "barely training" works out.
A marathon is not something that you can just get off the couch and start running in. Instead, it takes conditioning and training. Some people spend the year preparing for the next marathon. No matter how much time you have, here are some tips on getting ready.
1. Start preparing early. Most veterans of the New York City Marathon indicate that anyone should start preparing during the summer, preferably in June or July. You should begin running during this time and add to your running routine on a weekly basis all the way to the week of the marathon. The most important thing to remember is that you have to prepare yourself for the distance and that means building up as much stamina as possible.
2. Make sure you are training in busy areas. Keep in mind that the New York City Marathon does not take place on a quiet country road. Instead, it takes place right in the city where you will have to deal with a whole variety of distractions. That means you need to prepare for those distractions by training in busy areas. If you live in New York City, a few good options include the East River Esplanade, Central Park, and Washington Square Park.
Finally, preparing for the New York City Marathon should include eating a healthy diet. You need to teach your body how to use energy from health foods so that you will not give out as quickly during the event itself. A resource we love is The Paleo Diet for Athletes by Loren Cordain. This is a must-have! We also replenish with Stronger Faster Healthier Protein. This is the best we have found so far.
If you train and train early, you can finish the event with pride in your accomplishment.
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