So you signed up for your first marathon; now what? You are most likely thinking, “What did I get myself into?” A marathon may seem like an intimidating and exhausting endeavor, but with the proper planning and preparation, you can make it through.

1. Find The Right Training Plan

You can’t start running the whole distance right out of the gate so it’s important to find a plan that helps you gradually build up your mileage and endurance while incorporating enough rest to prevent overuse injuries

2. Fueling and Recovery

You’re undoubtedly going to be hungry after all of that running, but eating the right foods at the right times can help you fuel and recover during training. There is a small window of time up to 30-minutes after a hard training run when the body is best able to replenish and utilize the carbohydrates and protein that were used during exercise. Experts recommend consuming foods with a 3 to 1 protein to carbohydrate ratio.

Marisa Calvert tells Aden more about her training ahead of The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Don’t FORGET to get your ENTRY today!