Whether you’re doing a full 26.2-mile marathon or a 13.1-mile half marathon, the following advice will help you get started with your training and hopefully avoid injury, stay motivated and ultimately achieve your goal.
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Step 1: Gear up for training
If you do feel psychologically prepped for the process, make sure you equip yourself with the right gear to enable you to succeed. A good quality pair of running shoes is vital; they will provide the support and cushioning you need to allow you to run effectively and avoid injury. Purchase your shoes at a specialist running shop where the staff will help you find a pair suited to your particular feet and gait, and consider investing in several pairs – that way you can alternate and allow the shoes to dry thoroughly between runs, and also ensure you’re always getting sufficient support.
Also make sure you have comfortable running clothes that will keep you warm or cool as the weather requires – this can include shorts or running tights, short and long-sleeve shirts for layering, and even a hat and gloves for cooler days. You may also want to consider gadgets such as a heart-rate monitor or pedometer to help you measure your progress in training.
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