Running first marathon is more adventurous than visiting the Disneyland, you’ll never know what will happen in the 26.2 miles. Though most of the issues are just minor discomfort or pain, adding up and lasting for hours can be hard to bear especially when you are tired and exhausted, that eventually can bring you down from accomplishing your first marathon goal. Bringing with you a marathon survival kit can help you put out the fire before it sweeps across the forest.
There is a saying, “A person embarking on a day’s march would be foolish to carry enough provisions for a lifetime.” Likewise, you don’t have to bring a camping backpack of accessories with you in running the marathon, and actually it’s not necessary. Simply bring what is essential and fit them into your hydration belt or waist bag.
While glycogen is the most effective form of energy during running, some studies indicate glycogen storage will be depleted at around 15 to 20 mile mark, depending on a variety of factors including weight of the runner, his pace, the weather. It is where “hitting the wall” happens that runners experience sudden loss of energy to carry on. I have met numerous first time marathon runners without carrying any food to fuel themselves.
If you have followed a proper nutrition plan during training, you should already have a strategy on how much and when to fuel during the race.
Some Favorite Snack
Running a marathon is grueling, both to the body and mind. You may be frustrated and feeling down especially when you are tired and exhausted in the later part of the race. Eating some of your favorite snacks like candies, nuts or cookies can bring your mood back and motivate you to carry on during the tough time.
Running in a marathon is not the right time to cut you nails, right? There are times when your toenails are not cut perfectly. Imagine your toes are being spiked by something more than ten thousand times! I have experienced in two marathons when I felt like my big toe was piercing by the edge of the nail after running a few miles in the race. It was disturbing and painful.
After finishing the race when I took off my shoes, only to find that a swollen blood pool under the nail my big toe. It was not caused by incorrect shoe size or lacing as they were not changed after the last long run in the training.
This is not a popular item to carry in a marathon. Yet, you will love it in case same thing happens to you in the race.
Anti Chafing Cream
Your skin is rubbing with clothes and skin of other part of the body for tens of thousands of time in a marathon. Though you should have applied this cream before the race, you may need to replenish after running for some time, especially when the weather is dry.
Tissue & Wet Wipes
In case you visit the mobile bathroom where tissue paper and water have run out. It does happen.
Quick fix protection of mild injuries and blisters. Bring a few pieces of both small and medium size.
Pain Relieving Gel or Spray
Running first marathon is probably the longest distance you have ever run, even though you have gone through training for months. It is inevitable to experience some sore and pain in muscles and joints during the race. Applying the gel or spray can help to relieve temporarily so you will stay focus and keep moving forward.
Anti Diarrhea Medicine
Running a marathon is challenging to your internal organs too. Feeling of upset tummy is not uncommon and is rather disturbing during a race. Bring 2 dose that used to work for you can help in case it happens.
Personally I am not encouraging you to take this during the race, not because it may be considered as cheating, but it can be harmful to you. Some studies indicate that taking pain killer before or during running a marathon can cause gastrointestinal upset, hurt your kidney, liver, or even raise the risk of heart attack. It is advisable to consult your doctor first before bringing and consuming any of them.
A Final Word
Running a marathon first time is challenging, there is no reason to sabotage your goal by those minor injuries or irritations happening along the race. It is better to quick fix them before becoming worse.
Carry a survival kit with the essential elements can be your life saver that take you safely to the finish line.
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