Go Get ‘Em, Spring Marathoners!

March 19, 2008 By Uta Pippig

Dear Website readers,

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Many greetings from the Take The Magic Step® Team. After a crazy winter in so many parts of the world, spring is finally here! Everywhere you look, there are little signs of rebirth and things coming to life. It’s magic!

In the running world, this reemergence of vitality is always best captured by the spring marathon season. Thousands upon thousands of runners will take to the roads throughout the world to strut their stuff, to really blossom, after a long winter of training. If you’re one of the lucky ones running a marathon this spring, be sure to read our articles “Two Days Before the Marathon” and “After the Marathon.” You’ll learn lots of helpful tips on what to do soon before and in the days following your race to make your experience the best it can be.

For now, just a couple pieces of advice. First, please start your race slowly! It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of the big day and run the first few miles too fast, which almost always comes back to haunt you in the last several miles. If you run the first few miles a little slower than you think you can run for the whole distance, you’ll have so much more energy in the second half of the race.

Second, try not to be overwhelmed by the thought of running 26.2 miles. Mentally, break the marathon into segments, and take it piece by piece. Think about covering each 5K segment, or getting from aid station to aid station.

If you’re not running a marathon this spring, I hope you have the chance to get out to watch one. It’s such a great scene! Maybe seeing regular people doing something extraordinary will inspire you to take the next step in your workout routine.

Yours in fitness and health,

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