I also learned some of the unfortunate things that you will see during a marathon. I saw people cramp up and have to drop out, and I saw people get sick and vomit. It was also the first time I saw an ambulance pick up a runner. Marathons test the limits of the human body, training properly greatly reduces the chances of an injury, but even so things still do happen. I would highly recomemnd the Flying Pig it is a great race and here are pointers on running a marathon:
- Pick the right marathon: Some marathons are relatively flat courses and some are hilly.
- Pick the right training program: There are beginner programs, intermediate programs and advanced programs.
- Pick the right shoes: Do not scrimp on the running shoes and buy the right ones for your foot.
- Allow plenty of time: To start a marathon program you should be running a minimum of 15 - 20 miles a week and a minimum of being able to run 30 minutes without stopping. Personally before I started a training program I could run 7 miles without stopping and programs typically go for 16 weeks.
- Get to the marathon early: Stretch, relax and get your mind focused.
- Eat Right: Eat a good healthy breakfast and eat a good pasta dinner the night before.
- Hydrate: Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after.
- Don't give up: The training is long, intense and it hurts but the feeling of Euphoria after running a marathon is worth it.