Do not rush, there is plenty of time
When training for something big, such as the marathon, it is crucial not to be impatient and overdo it in the early training phases. The time that you need in order to prepare properly is 26 weeks, prior to the big marathon day, and that is quite enough. The practice of more experienced runners is to boost on their training routine in the couple of remaining weeks before the race itself, but that is something only they can afford, since that is not the first time they are running a race this big. As for the freshmen in running, either out of the great desire to prepare themselves as best as possible, or because of their inexperience and they think that they can get into shape by following a training rhythm which is rather harsh for them. That is, unfortunately, not good and leads up to disappointing end. Therefore, be sure not to rush, since the time is something nobody can take from you. All you need is to start training within afore mentioned period.
Nutrition is essential
All the most successful sportsmen, just like the amateurs, have to mind their diets. As you progress with the training routine, covering greater and greater distances, your body will crave more and more carbohydrates. So, it is wise to provide your body with these essential substances before, during, after the race and also during those hours-long training sessions.
Slow down as the race day is approaching
We all know how, for example, increasing the learning pace one night before the exam day can actually enable you to pass that exam more easily. Well, bad news is that, when it comes to the marathon, that is not the case. Going over the edge with training those couple of weeks before, the big day can be more than wrecking for an individual in question. And, as a matter of fact, it can play a decisive role in whether that individual will finish the race or give up because of the unbearable strain all too early. In order for this not to happen, what each marathon candidate should do is follow some of the basic and simple, but essential guidelines and comprehend training and physiology terms, so the training programme would be as productive as possible.Periodization (division of time at disposal into particularly labelled blocks, each having a different aim)Varying intensity (increase the practice tempo gradually in the beginning, then decrease it for the following couple of weeks, in order to prepare better for the following intensive practice period)Tapering (gradually decreasing tempo intensity as the big day is coming near, because you do not want to overdo it and thus be unable to even show up at the starting line when the time has come)“Hitting the wall” (known as the period in the race, usually round the 18-20 mile mark, when a runner all of a sudden loses energy and becomes extremely week, thus unable to finish up the race)