Running a marathon is a great way to raise money for your favourite charity and get fit at the same time. You will be raising funds to support a worthy cause while putting to the test both your mental and physical strength.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a marathon newbie, running 42km will be a challenge. Here are 10 tips to give you a helping hand:
Keep your goal in mind
Fundraising for a charity is a great motivator. Knowing that you are running for a worthy cause and helping those less fortunate can help you push through training and give you the motivation you need to continue running when you feel like giving up. Here are some examples of what your fundraising efforts can achieve for Youth Off The Streets:
- $250 provides a young person with a week of accommodation, family support, counselling and rehabilitation.
- $500 grants a young person accommodation for a month at Cordeaux Heights Centre for Youth, a safe and supportive environment giving them access to case workers, counsellors, schools and rehabilitation.
- $1,000 provides a young person with three weeks of learning at our independent high schools.
- $5,000 provides supplies and activities that teach healthy life skills about eating, exercising and cooking.
- $10,000 provides 1000 hot meals to young homeless people
Run a half marathon
A half marathon is a perfect way to test your strength and get you ready for the big day. It may highlight any weaknesses in your training and can also provide you with an estimate of your potential finishing time for the full marathon.
Run at the same time of the day
In the lead up to the race, try to schedule your runs at the same time of the day of the marathon. This way you get your body used to running at this time and avoid any inconvenient toilet breaks.
Taper before the race
Follow a gradual taper in the weeks leading up to the race. It is important to rest up so that your body is in top condition and you are able to run the distance on race day.
Review the course
Getting a good idea of what the course will look like can help you visualise where key starting and finishing points are, halfway marks and water stations. Identifying landmarks along the course can also help you break the total distance into smaller parts and give you an idea of how far you have to go.
Eat a good healthy breakfast and keep yourself hydrated to make sure you have sufficient energy to finish the race. Aim for carbohydrate-rich foods such as bananas, toast or porridge.
Walk, stretch or jog to prepare your body for the big race ahead, but don’t go overboard – make sure to save your energy for the actual race.
Get there early
Arrive around one hour before the race starts to allow time to drop your gear off, warm up and get race ready. The last thing you want is to be stressed on the big day.
Start off slow; finish fast
Ease into the race by setting a slow pace for the first few kilometers, and when you reach about half-way mark, start gradually picking up your speed. This will mean you have the energy reserves to push through and finish the race.
It’s all in your head
Our mind gives up sooner than our body. If you have prepared adequately beforehand, there is no reason you should not be able to complete the race. Remember that pain is only temporary and remind yourself of your goals.
Now that you have all the tips to succeed and if you are up for the challenge, join us in the Berlin or Paris marathon to support Australia’s disadvantaged youth.
Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate your achievements once you reach the finish line. Good luck!