10 Things I Learned About Running and Finishing a Marathon

From a First Time Marathon Finisher, What I learned: 1. It Hurts There is no way around it running 26.2 miles hurts. I remember crossing the finish line and watching all of the finishers having what I call the “marathoner walk” as we hobbled around. Yep, there is no avoiding the pain your body is going to hurt, especially your feet…they are taking a pounding for hours so it is simply inevitable. Your feet will hurt no matter how great your shoes are. 2. Know and Listen to Your Body Sounds easy right? But it really isn’t. Knowing when to stop running is important. You always hear sayings like, “push through the pain”, “push past your limits”, but the reality is that is a great way to get injured if your body is sending you some strong messages to stop. Listen to what your body is telling you. If something doesn’t feel right, stop. 3. Hydrate and Nourish Your Body During the Race 26.2 miles is a long distance…your body needs water and nourishment. I made it my prerogative to hydrate at every water station, and to also have some fuel. Think about it, does your car run without fuel … Continue reading 10 Things I Learned About Running and Finishing a Marathon