8 things you should know before training for your first marathon.

Amy Coet
26 May 2015

Source: http://www.runnersworldonline.com.au/1. For supposedly free sport, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on. Sure, you don’t NEED that colour co-ordinating, dry fit, sweat wicking outfit to run – but it sure makes it a lot more fun.

2. No matter how supportive they are, your friends, family and significant others will get sick of you talking about running. No-one is that patient.

3. Find other runners to talk to – who else will willingly discuss the benefits of one brand of sock over another for half an hour?

4. Anti-chafing cream is your friend.

5. Despite there being hundreds of flavours to choose from, all energy gels taste like a disgusting, gooey mess that is not fit for human consumption.

6. Ignore the people who tell you “carb loading is a myth”. What on earth is the point of training for a marathon if you can’t use it as an excuse to eat a huge bowl of pasta the night before a big run?

bowl-of-pasta7. Don’t forget the anti-chafing cream. This is not a double up – it really is important enough to include twice.

8. All the early mornings, the missed social outings, the pain, blood, sweat and tears will absolutely be worth it when you cross the finish line.

Bonus point – there is absolutely no shame in wearing your finisher’s medal to work the next day, and for a week after that.

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