Run Stronger, Run Longer: iFIT Trainers Share Marathon Tips

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The anticipation for the Boston Marathon® Presented by Bank of America and the TCS London Marathon is palpable. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or gearing up for your first 26.2 miles, preparation is key.

To give you the inside scoop, we’ve sat down with some of our iFIT Trainers for an exclusive Q&A. From training strategies to mental preparation, get ready to elevate your running game with insider tips from those who know it best.

As we gear up for Boston and London, what advice would you give our members preparing for a marathon?

“Marathoning isn’t just about fitness — it’s also about pacing and nutrition. To finish strong, don’t start too fast, and be sure to fuel and hydrate well. Remember, fatigue may signal the need for fuel. Happy running!”

Be sure to join Leah’s Movement and Mobility for Runners Series, available on the iFIT app, to improve flexibility, strength, and overall well-being.

Allow yourself permission to feel the joy and satisfaction that comes with preparing for a race. Remember that the race is simply the celebration of all the hard work you’ve put in along the way, in the days, weeks, and months leading up to that massive party where you get to pin on a bib and celebrate the gift of movement. Deep breathe. Smile. You’ve got this.”

“Focus on gradual progression in your training. Consistency is key. Build up your mileage and intensity gradually to avoid overtraining and reduce the risk of injuries. Remember to listen to your body, stay well-nourished, and prioritize recovery. Best of luck!”

“One of the biggest pieces of training doesn’t have to do with “running” at all. That’s because whether we’re talking a mile or a marathon, it’s mostly mental. So, even devoting five minutes a day to a mindfulness practice, a gratitude moment, or even simply sitting in silence is a small but crucial building block of the mental and emotional reserve you’ll need to draw on during your performance.”

“Set appropriate goals, focusing on why they are your goals. If it’s your first marathon, your goal should be to finish. Your first marathon won’t be your fastest. When you’re solely focused on finishing, it allows you to train smarter and be more present on race day, so you can enjoy the fact that you’re running 26.2 miles. If it’s not your first marathon, set a time goal. Find your true “why,” and you’ll be smiling (or crying happy tears) at the finish line. Have a great race!”

As we count down the days to London and Boston, relive the excitement of our London and Boston Marathon Series, and let us help you cross that finish line with a new personal best!

Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. iFIT assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article. Always follow the safety precautions included in the owner’s manual of your fitness equipment.

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