Running is serious and if you consider this sport, you have to make sure that you have the right stamina and endurance to make it to the finish line. As a runner, your one big dream is the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS). Many already crashed this to their bucket list but it is not that easy.
Although the race will be in early December, final call for registration will end at the month of November. You still have time to join the registration but the question is, are you ready and prepared? If yes, you should be excited about it but if you are not yet ready, there will always be next year.
The trick here is to have the right stamina and endurance when the race comes along. Regardless of your age and your gender, you can make it to the most prestigious running event here in Singapore. Here are some secrets shared by the most successful runners:
- Get out: To improve your stamina, the best way is to run and then run some more. It is better to start slow and gradually moving faster than going faster at first thereby risking yourself. Remember that the gradual increase of the speed and length can have a positive effect in the long run. If you want to infuse more, you should also consider cross-training.
- Sort out: Food is the body’s fuel. It will not move or function properly if you infuse the wrong fuel. It is important that you watch what you eat and sort it. Make sure that you eat enough carbohydrates to give you plenty of energy and protein.
- Apps to help you out: You are not alone. There are many apps that you can download to help you with this endeavour. For beginners, you can start with C25K and for professionals, Nike+ Running is best.
- Avoid harm: You have to avoid harm or injury as it can affect your performance whether training or the real thing. Although you do not intentionally want to hurt yourself, you still need to be wary. If you feel pain or discomfort, do not over-exert. It is best to lessen the exercise until you feel better.
You have to know what is in store for you next year. There will be a half and full marathon that you can choose. There will also be an Ekiden, 10 kilometre course for different runners including those wheelchair-bound participants and the famous 700 metres dash for kids. What is good about the event is that it entices family and friends to come together and support the races. The atmosphere is carnival-like.
In fact, even if you are not a participant, you can still have fun.