Coach Jenny’s Top-5 Tips for First-Time Marathoners

5. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

“Go with what the day brings and go in with an open book. It’s your first marathon—your goal should be to finish it. At the end you will be able say now I know what to do and I know what can I do to improve it. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

One tip Hadfield suggests far before race day for first time marathoners is to ask yourself: Is this truly something I can accomplish? Do I have enough time and energy to put into training? If your answers are yes, your next step is to do some self-analysis rather than jump right into a plan.

“People get so excited about running that they go straight from sitting on the couch to jumping into marathon training,” Hadfield said. “That’s a great way to get hurt.” Instead, look at your fitness level and build slowly from that foundation to ensure you’re body can handle what you are throwing at it. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at your training log in awe of how far you have come.

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