Look and Feel Your Best Before, During and After 26.2
Laces tied. Legs in position. Heart racing. 3-2-1 and you’re off with only 26.2 miles to go! Marathon season is in full swing. From those early morning runs to the beer at the end of the race, we want to make sure that you not only feel your best while running but look good while completing that last mile! We have 5 major tips for you to help as you get ready to cross that finish line.
Dress the Part: In preparation for your next marathon, it is just as important to dress for the race. Ditch that cotton T-shirt and opt for a synthetic blend. We recommend nylon, non-suffocation running shirts which are made for running, hence the name. Cotton T-shirts are suffocating as the material gets warm fast and does not wick away moisture as you sweat through the course. It’s also very important to give your marathon gear a test run before the main event. Be sure to practice running in your outfit to ensure that it does not irritate your skin. Perfect your look by adding our 26.2 Marathon Temporary Tattoo. Add this tattoo to the back of your calves where other runners can catch a glance as you speed past them. Our tattoos are both water and sweat proof, so you don’t have to worry about it smearing or falling off as you run. Get real serious with your attire by customizing your own temporary tattoo with a fun logo for your whole running squad.
Do A Half-Marathon: In preparation for your marathon, try running a half-marathon about a month before your big race. This will help you track your current fitness level and what you need to do to further prepare for the marathon. Plus, you’ll get major bragging rights for completing both! Have some friends join you on this race for that extra mental boost you’ll be needing. Wear our 13.1 Half-Marathon Temporary Tattoo to show off your speedy running skills. This tattoo definitely out runs the competition!
Longest Run: Experts recommend completing your longest run about four weeks out from your marathon. When you reach this point in your training, test your fitness by running the full 26 miles and then attempt to pick up your pace the last eight miles. These last eight miles are crucial as every two miles you drop your pace to finish at a faster pace than your typical run. This will help you increase your strength and endurance to ensure that you are all set to comfortably run the marathon. Show off your skills with our Runner Girl Temporary Tattoo. This tattoo is meant for the serious runners like you!
Carbo-Load: The final three days leading up to the race are important for building up your nutrition and body in preparation for the big day. Concentrating on carbohydrate-rich foods is important for increasing your glycogen (stored carbs) found in your liver. This ensures that you will not run out of energy during the race. With carbo-loading comes important facts- be sure not to overeat in fats. For some meal inspiration, check out the Mayo Clinic and their list of a carbohydrate-loading diet. An example of the perfect carbohydrate-rich meal is spaghetti with red sauce, instead of Alfredo sauce, which is high in fat. For every day meal prepping, here is a list of the Best Foods for Runners.
Warm Up: Here it is, the day of your marathon race! According to Runners World, this site provides 26 tips for running your best marathon, including “Warm Up”. This article advises warming up prior to the start of the race to get your heart beat pumping, but just a little! If you warm up too much or for too long this could cause you to start losing preserved glycogen from carb-loading. Also, be sure to stretch before the race begins. Get your muscles stretched and ready to go, but remember this isn’t yoga.
With these fives tips you are sure to be ready for race day! For those that aren’t quite as physically active, we have you covered with our 0.0 Marathon Temporary Tattoo and our I Don’t Run Temporary Tattoo. Be sure to take a look at the 2018 Marathon Guide with upcoming races near you. Happy Running!
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