5 Tips to Surviving a Marathon
Whether it's your first or your 500th marathon, like all things in life it's the preparation that's key. Since QILTA came about by a group of friends that are passionate about distance running, we'd like to think we know a thing or two worth sharing and since we began trialing our product, some of our testers shared their top tips to no-stress marathon success!
1. Go in, Feet First!
This is critical to your success, buying new shoes and launching them on race day is a huge no-no, but running in your old worn-outs isn't great either. Get a pair of shoes specially for the event and break them in by covering some moderate distance. Berlin Marathon participant Liv Daly, from Ashbourne, Co Meath shared a tip with us;
"I flew over to Berlin on a Friday morning, walked lots & had swollen ankles that night, put QILTA socks on for 2 hours that night & found them very soothing, my ankle had completely gone down by the morning. I did a leg loosener first thing Saturday morning and wore them again for 2 hours that afternoon".
2. Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.
It's helpful to have a good idea of the type of terrain you'll be running. You might have signed up for something exotic abroad, but can you replicate those conditions at home? If you've been happily training on the beach or country side for longer than you care to remember, you'll need to get those knees and ankles accustomed to running on hard concrete - forewarned is definitely forearmed!
3. All About the Fashion.
You're there to run, for yourself and/or for a cause that is close to your heart. It's time to forego looking good and even postponing your chosen charity's commemorative T-shirt until after the race. Not being smart about your garments on the day can mean unnecessary sweating, itching (ouch!) or chafing (oooouuuuch!) that can last long after the race. Not worth it and will probably cost you in timing.
4. Stay Hydrated, Eat Right.
Increase your carb intake in the days leading up to the marathon - think bread, pasta and potatoes to keep you running on a full tank on race day. Likewise, ensure your taking in enough fluids to arrive hydrated on the day. At the marathon, make use of the water/energy drink stations dotted across the course and use them so you can avoid dehydration or carbohydrate depletion.
5. Finish and Nourish.
Crossing the finish line is always a massive relief coupled with a huge sense of achievement - well done! To avoid aches and pains the next few days, it's important to have a post-event plan of action. Hydrate some more, avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Stretch those calves and hamstrings with some gentle exercises to avoid cramping. It's also a great time to pop on a pair of QILTA socks or calf sleeves too.
Liv's advice? "I ran the marathon on Sunday & wore them for at least two hours afterwards. Again they felt lovely afterwards and helped to reduce much of the inflammation in my legs".