The brisk chill in the air could not keep the 40,000 runners away from this weekend’s annual ING NYC Marathon. The participants, ranging from 18 up to 80 years old, ran in hopes of winning the grand cash prize and others to simply cross the finish line achieving a life-long goal. The ING NYC Marathon is renown world wide and pulls in people from all over. Whether participating or cheering on these resilient individuals, the marathon can be truly inspiring. Check out some of these inspiring marathon stories!
Although the 26.2 mile run can be an extremely difficult challenge, it is not impossible. With perserverance one can begin training now to gradually build up their endurance in order to meet the qualifications to become a participant in next year’s big race.
Thinking about training for NYC Marathon 2011? Here are some tips to get you going:
- First and foremost, make sure you check out what you need to do in order to register and qualify for the race. Check out the NYRR for application instructions.
- Small changes in your daily diet, such as incorporating complex carbohydrates, lean protein and raw fruits and vegetables gives you the energy to complete long endurance runs. Here are some great tips on how to create a diet plan that will help achieve your running goals.
- Begin your physical training at least 16 weeks before you plan on running the marathon to ensure your body is properly prepared for running the distance. Before any run and upon completion, stretching is of the utmost importance for your muscles. Wearing running shoes that fits your foot and body position are equally important. Go over to Jack Rabbit where they’ll actually watch your running stride to help determine the perfect sneaker for you.
- Start slowly; begin with a shorter distance and build up to longer runs while working on your strides.
- MarathonPal.com lists some amazing advice on how to create your own personal program for training for a marathon. Also, check out Runners World for some great tips about training too.
Battling the marathon may be daunting to some but knowing that you have achieved a goal that you have worked hard for is not only rewarding but could also inspire others! Good luck and see you pounding pavement!