Last years Whitianga Marathon was a huge success with hundreds of athletes enjoying a fantastic days running and celebrating endurance.
1) Train. This one goes without saying but it need not be as complicated as it seems. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Every little bit helps. Start sooner rather than later and appreciate that fitness is a never ending journey where each activity builds upon the last. If you can’t run, walk. Whitianga is not an exclusive event and encourages athletes of all abilities so there is no need to be intimidated by some unrealistic expectation on your fitness. Just get some running, jogging or walking done as frequently as possible between now and race day. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned pro that is the most important thing to do. Every kilometre counts.
2) Get the gang back together. Exercise is always more fun with friends so make a commitment to meet up with mates and share your training journey. Whether it be regular weekday walks or runs, or perhaps catching up with the squad at the local parkrun, your training buddies will help make you more accountable and motivate you along the way.
3) Avoid injury. As unpredictable and random as they seem, injuries are always the result of something. The number one cause of injury is doing too much too soon. Shoes may make a difference as does the training surface. If most of your training is walking, potentially trails or grass can be a welcome relief for tired feet. If your shins are giving you grief consider reducing your training volume until your body has had time to adapt. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your fitness.
4) Plan. If it is your first time, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by your final preparations, so establish some expectations by checking the event website on start times, aid stations, course details, and registration. Once you get going, things will very quickly fall into place but understanding how to get there, when to get there, where to park and more, are all parts of the puzzle you can solve ahead of time.
5) Practise. Long-distance running is filled with pitfalls for the uninitiated so know what underwear works, what fuel or hydration you may need for the duration of the exercise, practise with the shoes you intend to use on race day. Think about all of the things that you will need and use on race day down to the tiniest details and incorporate them in to your training so that there is nothing new on race day.
Whitianga Marathon is a fun, mainly flat, coastal course with stunning views. We have an event for everyone ranging from a 5km fun run right up to the premier 42km marathon. Register now – five weeks to go!