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Welcome to the New Year! For most people, their New Years Resolution has something to do with getting healthy and losing weight right? But for my husband his goal began last year when he began training to run a marathon. Sadly every marathon he found, he happened to have a Final or business meeting on the same day. And he never was able to go run a marathon. He has been waiting (impatiently I might add) for a marathon that he will be able to run. And last summer he found one that is happening in March in our area and he signed up right away. So we’ve been busy getting him ready to run his first Marathon. So we thought we’d share our best Marathon training tips to help you out as well.
Marathon Training Tips
When you want to train for a Marathon, there are a few things that will make the process easier.
Visit the Doctor and ensure you are healthy enough to embark on the journey of running a marathon.
Start small. If you haven’t ran a marathon before, you probably aren’t going to be the worlds best runner and easily knock out 20 miles the first try. That’s ok. Start Small. Work on getting down 1 mile easily. Then 3 miles. Then 5 miles. Then advance up as you get more fit and able.
Nourish your body. Just as important as practice, and gear, making sure you nourish your body with healthy foods is just as important. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins and track your intake to ensure you are getting enough calories to compensate for the amount you are burning with your workouts.
Rest. Make sure you get the rest your body needs. Not just the night before, but the entire time you are training.
Cross Train. As you prepare for a marathon, you don’t want to focus solely on running. You need to also perform non-running activities, like weight lifting, cycling, swimming, yoga, aerobic fitness, etc. This will allow you to build muscle and remain fit but also give your joints a break from running.
Quality shoes. You want to make sure you have shoes that are comfortable for you to run in. Don’t go trying to run 10 miles in brand new shoes. Take the time to break them in so you don’t end up with blisters. And make sure you have the right fit. The husband went through 3 pairs of shoes before he found one that was right for long distance running. The other shoes are great for his other workout routines. But you always want to make sure you try out different shoes to get the right ones for the longer distance that a marathon requires.
Get a Marathon Training schedule. There are a lot of websites out there that can help you create the perfect marathon training schedule so you know exactly how many miles you need to be running at each workout to make sure you are ready for the marathon. The husband found a great 16 week training schedule from MarathonRookie.com.
Track your running. You want to track your distance that you run to ensure you are ready when the day of the marathon arrives. Also to make sure you stay on track with your marathon training schedule. The husband loves to use Runkeeper because it can track him via GPS on his phone while he runs around the farms in our area. Plus it’s one less device he has to carry around with him since it is right there on his phone.
Track your heart rate. The best way you can train for a marathon is to train with a heart rate monitor. MarathonTraining has a great article as to why this is important. It helps you know when you are running just right, or when you need to push a little harder.
The last semester of school the Husband did last year, he got all the gear and started training for a marathon. He even had a heart rate monitor. It was the kind that straps to your chest. He said it worked great, but he would much prefer to say Bye Bye Chest Strap and have a heart rate monitor that wasn’t so confining.
When I learned about the awesome new Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds, I knew I had to get them for him; to show him I am supportive in his endeavor to run a marathon. I went off to Dick’s Sporting Goods to find the Earbuds, as they are THE place for all sporting needs in our area.
Ironically no one knew what I was talking about. Ha! I knew more about the product they sell than the employees. I asked three different employees and they had never heard of these awesome new BioSport Earbuds. I was directed to the headphone display. No luck.
But by chance, it happened that the fitness tracker gadgets display was right next to the headphones. And wouldn’t you know it, I found the elusive Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds in that case! So I called over an employee to help me snag a pair, as they were almost out of stock.
These BioSport Earbuds are powered by Intel technology and are by far the coolest Earbuds I’ve ever seen. They are Sweat and Water Resistant and you don’t need batteries at all. Just plug them in and use.
To begin open up the box. It is harder to open the box than it is to get these Earbuds ready to use.
Inside you will see the instruction booklet and the Earbuds. Remove them from the box and you are halfway done!
The BioSport Earbuds come with 3 different sizes of ear gels (s, m, l) select the ones that fit your ears best and attach them to the earbuds.
Plug the Earbuds into the audio jack of your audio device. For us that is the Husband’s iPhone. You will need to adjust the volume on the phone to ensure the volume of your music is just right. Make sure to not have the music too loud so you can still hear the noise around you. This is for situational safety, and also to protect your ears from damage.
Next install Runkeeper on your phone (if you don’t already have it). Another cool feature is that you get one free month of the app “Runkeeper Elite” with your purchase of the Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds. How cool is that?
Put the Earbuds into your ears. Make sure that loopy plastic part is tucked up into the ear, and not hanging loose on the outside.
Move the slider to the heart rate mode.
Make sure to enable the heart Rate Mode in Runkeeper and on your Earbuds.
Now Runkeeper can track your heart rate take from the BioSport Earbuds.
To answer any incoming calls on your phone or place calls yourself, simply move the slider to enable the phone mode.
And basically that is all there is to using your BioSport Earbuds! Plus they come with a sleek case to store them in when not in use.
The husband is so excited to be using the Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds as he continues to train these last 16 weeks until his Marathon.
The great thing is if you want to get your own SMS BioSport Headphone, use the coupon code BioSport20 to get 20% off at SMSAudio.com. US only. Expiration date: 1/31/15.
And if you follow these Marathon Training tips you should be well on your way to being prepared to run your own Marathon!
One last bonus tip, If you can, grab a running partner. Someone that will motivate you. The husband loves to go running with Odin our dog. He is a great motivator, because nothing tires him out. Seriously the husband has gone on 4 mile runs and Odin comes home just as energetic as when they left.
Another great feature of these cool Earbuds is that you don’t have to be going through Marathon training to use them. I know I will most likely be “borrowing” these from the husband from time to time as I go on my walks so I can track my heart rate too. But shhh! Don’t tell him that.
Who would be the first in your house to try out the Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds?
What are your best Marathon Training Tips?