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Registration for the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has begun and this year it’s bigger and more exciting!

If you would like to participate in the marathon, all you have to do is pay a registration fee of N5,000 for the 10km race and the full marathon, then pick up a registration form at any Access bank branch near you. Or you can register online at www.lagoscitymarathon.com

Foreigners who intend to participate will pay a registration fee of $US100 (One Hundred United States of America dollar only).

 

Also, to help you prepare for the marathon, we’ve come up with a couple of useful tips:

1.Design a Training Plan

Draw up (or download) a decent training plan that increases your weekly mileage in manageable increments.  Remember to include your long runs on the weekends.   Ideally, your training should peak with a 19 to 21-mile run.

2. Get the Right Gear

Your old gym shoes might be fine for the occasional run, but you’re running a marathon.   Get a suitable pair of shoes – they need to be comfortable after running for hours in them. The same goes for the rest of your gear – you should invest in decent stuff.

3. Know your Pace

Its been shown that at the start of marathons, people run much faster than they think they are running.   Nerves and anxiety get released as energy, and it can be easy to be swept along in a big crowd of runners.   Furthermore, runners who run a consistent pace throughout the entire marathon have a much better race than those who go out too fast, then hit the wall later.   Based on your training runs, use a GPS to figure out what a comfortable pace is for you, and do your best to stick to it throughout the marathon.

4. What to Eat

In the days leading up to the marathon, carb loading can be useful.   This gives you a few extra calories in the tank prior to starting.  During the race, you need something that is easily digestible and gives you energy quickly.  Do yourself a favor and train with the snacks you intend to eat during your marathon, to make sure your body can handle them.

5. The Mental Prep

Visualize and plan everything for your marathon day.   Know exactly what you’re going to eat when you wake up, how you’re going to get to the start line, what you’ll take with you, and what you’ll do when you finish.

See Also: #LagosCityMarathon: Picking The Best Running Shoes Is Deeper Than You Think

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