Marathon and long distance races have had a long history at the Olympics. Marathons were introduced in 1892 in Athens where the inaugural Olympic competition was first held. Meanwhile, the Long Distance races made their debut in the competition in 1912. It is important to note that these two running events were gender biased with only men being allowed to participate.
Gender Bias In Marathons And Long Distance Races
For a long time after the inaugural Olympics, the marathon and long distance races were dominated by men. It was not until 1984 that the first women’s marathon event was included in the Olympics! In the same year, the first women’s long-distance race which was the 3000-meter race was introduced.
How To Prepare For Marathons And Long Distance
Running is an endurance sport and you need to be well prepared to participate in long-distance races including marathons. Marathons and Long distance races require lots of discipline, an exceptional training schedule which you need to follow, in order to achieve your overall objective to finish the race. It is extremely important to maintain a healthy diet, to promote strong muscles and give you the right amount of energy for your body.
Once you decide to participate in a marathon or a long- distance race, you must prepare yourself well in advance, for the event. This may mean months ahead of the planned event. Train by having a weekly run. Start by jogging daily, and build up to a longer run. Include strength training in your training regime to help with your cardiovascular and muscle strength. Strength training ensures that you are not prone to injury during the race. Do not forget to fit in a stretch at the beginning and at the end of your training to help warm up those muscles. Lastly, REST! Your body needs to recover from the rigours of working out.
Long Distance And Marathons Offer Great Benefits
There are numerous benefits gained from long distance and marathon running. Toning your body which most people try to attain in the gym is one of those benefits. Long distance running burns calories, inevitably leading to shedding weight. In addition to this, the well-being of a person’s life is improved greatly by participating in long distance running. Long distance running has been shown to boost the memory, this leads to better mental health. The heart, muscles and bones are also strengthened by long distance running. Overall, long distance and marathon running enhance not only the physical but emotional and social well being of a person.