While I was running today at the local trail I thought about some little tips that I try and use in my own running that I'd like to share. These are just a few things that make running easier, at least for me, but probably also for you if you are a novice runner and are interested in doing a marathon. But first, take a look at this view I saw tonight.
1. Slow is always best because you will recover quicker while getting all the benefits of running.
2. Be sure to take frequent walk breaks. These will reduce your fatigue dramatically. Try to take a 1-2 minute walk break every 8 minutes on your long run.
3. Rest, rest, then rest some more! If you don't get enough rest, your muscles will continue to accumulate microtears until you experience injury.
4. The day before your long run should be a no-exercise day.
5. Cross training (biking, swimming, walking) is very important to let your running muscles recover.
6. The warmer and more humid it is, the slower you have to run.
7. Take walk breaks before you feel any fatigue. This will help you conserve energy and run with strength to the finish line.
I hope these tips will help make your running experience more fun and enjoyable!