5 keys to preparing well for your first marathon
Brad Beer provides his five key tips to help prepare you for your first marathon at the Gold Coast Marathon.
As the days are getting colder and nights longer you may be finding it harder to stick to your Gold Coast Airport Marathon training schedule.
You are certainly not alone.
Getting out of bed bleary eyed in pitch black darkness in the morning or heading out in the increasingly early evening darkness to go for a run isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of a good time!
However, with the race weekend quickly approaching, this is the time to steel your resolve and reaffirm the race day goal you established when you began training for your chosen event all those weeks ago.
I always say a goal will ensure you have a focus for your training.
Always set a goal that has an end point, as you are doing by entering your Gold Coast Airport Marathon event in the first place.
This will ensure you get into action quickly.
Once you set the goal then work backwards and set minor steps towards achieving your ultimate aim.
This will give you a short term focus.
Tell friends and family about your goal as stating it publicly makes you more accountable; they will also then become your best supporters.
Always write the goal down so it has a physical presence.
Place it in a strategic place at home or work, on your bedroom mirror, toilet door, fridge or office work station.
Also include a bonus for achieving the goal such as buying yourself a new pair of runners, shouting yourself to your favourite café or restaurant, going to a day spa; anything that is a personal reward for achieving it.
Four-time Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner and good friend Pat Carroll has provided some fantastic motivation and goal-setting tips on the marathon website, and I urge both the serious and not-so-serious participants to check them out.
As Pat says, your goal must be something that you are willing and capable of working towards – physically, mentally and financially .
As he says, a high goal can still be realistic.
And race day motivation will be one of the main topics of conversation when 1988 Olympic marathon silver medallist Lisa Ondieki and I take to the stage at the AirAsia X Legends Lunch at the ASICS Sport and Leisure Expo on Saturday 6th July.
It’s at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and tickets are now on sale for only $50.
See if you can make it along.
It would be great to see you there.
Steve Moneghetti is a four-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Australian Chef de Mission and Gold Coast Airport Marathon Ambassador.
This year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon race program will feature the full 42.195km Gold Coast Airport Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge and 4km and 2km Junior Dash races.
Entries for the 35th Gold Coast Airport Marathon are open.