The New York Marathon is the largest of all the world majors and one that most serious marathon runners really want to complete at some point during their running career.
Starting on Staten Island, the New York Marathon winds its way back through the 5 boroughs of New York City, ending up in Central Park. The route is truly inspiring; making its way past a number of iconic New York attractions. What’s more, the atmosphere during race day is amazing and whether you’re competing to get your best time, or you simply crave the challenge of completing it, the crowd support will spirit you along. And if you’re one of the lucky runners this year, it’s important to get your marathon training plan spot on.
Having signed up for the event, make sure your marathon training schedule gives you plenty of time to prepare. Work out a training plan that will help you slowly build up to the required distance, at a rate you feel comfortable with. If you’re reasonably new to running, giving yourself around 16 to 24 weeks for your marathon training should go some way to avoiding injury.
Your marathon training should be treated like any running session and must include good stretching, warming up and cooling down exercises. It is also vitally important to have a good amount of rest days – never consider training every day. If you do get an injury stop and rest, and don’t feel you have to rush back into training until ready.
Along with your marathon training, make sure you eat a well-balanced diet with nutritious foods full of antioxidants. You will also need to take on more carbs as your marathon training sessions extend to an hour or more and as race day approaches.
As the New York Marathon event nears think about your preparation for race day. Remember, you will need to adjust to the time zone, so consider arriving a few days early to get over any jetlag you might be feeling. Scout out the expected route so there are no surprises and make sure you have a warm up run a day or two before – nothing too extreme though, you won’t want to wear yourself out before the event.
Deadline for entering the New York Marathon has now passed, but there are plenty of other international marathons to sign up to. The Athens Classic Marathon (11 November 2012), San Sebastian Marathon (25 November 2012) and Tokyo Marathon 2013 (24 February) are all open for enter right now and each offers an amazing courses for runners of all levels.
Written by James Smith, a keen runner and sport fanatic