Can you win a tournament without training? Sure! It’s not going to be easy but it’s not impossible. However, you cannot do this if you have a pre-existing medical condition or if your doctor refuses to give you medical clearance. The risk is not worth it. First order of the day is getting that medical clearance.
For most individuals who sign up for a marathon or half-marathon without major preparation, it’s usually not your typical spur of the moment decision. The idea crossed your mind already but you didn’t do anything about it. And that’s a good thing because you’ve mentally begun to prepare for the challenge.
Here’s what you have to do. With whatever time you have left:
· Start building stamina by eating and sleeping properly. Avoid smoking and drinking.
· The day before the marathon, prepare your clothes, shoes, water, and snack. Eat heavy that day before the marathon and light on the day itself
· Start your run slow. Don’t run or sprint. Take your time. Enjoy the experience. You will probably start to feel the effects on your legs after 3 miles. Listen to your music. Do not try to run with the beat of the music or try to chase after other runners. Keep to your pace. Slow down to a walk if you have to but try to assume your pace after a few minutes. Never push through pain. Listen to your body and give it time to recover by walking.
· Keep drinking. Water is the best way to stay hydrated, not energy drinks because they will give you energy spurts but it’s short-lived and you will come crashing down badly after the effects wear off
Once you see the finish line, go into a sprint and enjoy your finish! However, never stop running once you pass the finish line. Keep going so you don’t shock your system by stopping suddenly. Observe recovery protocol but know no matter what you do, you will feel the strain and pain of running without practice or training. Nonetheless, it will be worth it!
If your muscles are sore afterwards, you can always use a foam roller to roll away the soreness.