May I Have Your Opinions, Please…

Ready or not, here it comes. Marathon training is just around the corner. Since so many of you have been there, done that, and got the T-Shirt (literally), I’m gonna try and tap into that experience and expertise a little bit. Tell me what you do, what you wear, what you eat, etc., that makes marathon training suck a little bit less for you! I’ve noticed that most runners have one or two things that they absolutely swear by. So whether it’s something you do before, during, or after the run, let’s hear it!

And stay tuned! Giveaway coming soon! It’s one of the things that I’VE come to absolutely swear by…

14 thoughts on “May I Have Your Opinions, Please…

  1. I probably can't offer much advice since I'm just training for my first as well, but the one thing I've found that helps me is using a foam roller. After I run, I stretch and then roll out on foam roller a few different ways. I picked it up after having some ITB pain after my 2nd half. It seems to help me.

    I'm still trying to figure out all the food stuff so I'll be checking back in to see what other people say!


  2. Vaseline…I never had blisters until my first marathon. I was so tired and my feet so sore that I couldn't figure out what the heck I had in my socks. Massive blisters is what! A little lube in between the toes never hurt anyone. Of course, the vaseline is handy in other places too.
    As for the taco…you gotta go where the Navajos are to get one. Maybe in Vegas if you look really hard?


  3. I'll concur with Amy caffeine rocks for no headaches and to give you that booster – Hammer Espresso or Tropical

    After long runs, ice baths (with hot tea) and chocolate milk are bliss!


  4. Sign up for a training group. My wife has joined a training group with the local Fleet Feet store for her fall marathon (her second) and so far it has been excellent. You have some support and advice and a group to do those long runs with.


  5. I agree with Brian–I love to have partners for those long miles. And I also agree with Jessie–when your runs start to get really long, do the ice bath. Just 10 minutes will do ya, and they go a long way for recovery!


  6. I have not run a full yet (but you already know that 🙂
    But- I love
    -A couple sips of coffee like 1/2 a cup no later then 1/2 hour before a long run.
    -Electrolyte water after runs
    -ICE COLD CHOCOLATE SOY Milk after long runs
    -I like a piece of gum, in case my mouth gets board (I usually split it in half-weird I know)
    -I like “shuffle” on my ipod
    -I LOVE happy thoughts…
    -OH!!! OH!!! and those expexsive compression socks at the end (when you get home) ARE AMAZING

    Hope it helps!


  7. Make sure you do all of your long runs, especially the 20 miler, don't short yourself, and after about 14 miles, the ice bath is sooo important. I know you're not a fan, but you will become one…I'm sure. Protein shakes after a long run are great too, and you'll figure out what is best for you to eat, what works for one person, may not be the best for you, but I will say eating ALL of the food groups will help, and get at least 3 at each meal. Other than that, a great support system is key as well as someone else who is doing it with you (hint, hint, that would be me!!!) Oh and Vaseline, Vaseline, Vaseline, you might as well buy stock in it. Also realize there are good days and there are bad days, there will be days when you think you cannot do a 5K, much less a marathon (that will be when the support group comes in handy).


  8. Hi Pam,
    Well this was a great post because you asked a good question:) My training is on hold right now but I read all of your comments…it is always good to hear what other people think:) I didn't know how important it was to take protein shakes or protein right after a long run. It totally makes sense:) See, now I learned something!


  9. hmmmm tips.

    Don't poop yourself? 🙂

    seriously, have fun. Don't be a slave to your plan, and enjoy the experience. most marathon training plans are over 400 miles but the race is only 26. Remember that ratio.

    Other than that, run your long runs slower than you think you should, make sure to drink lots of water, experiment while training but NEVER on race day, and bodyglide. Your body chaffes in ALL sorts of new places after 16 or so miles. (Don't say I didn't warn you!)


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