Can you think of a better way she could have ended the race? Didn’t think so!
Charlotte Haigh took to the streets of New York City on Sunday to navigate (and apparently conquer!) the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. While it seems like luck was on this lady’s side — from getting selected to run in the marathon to having her man drop down on one knee — there was a lot of work that Haigh put in behind the scenes to have manifested such a monumental moment.
Haigh ran a total of 26.2 miles. To be clear, marathons are specifically 26.2 miles because that’s the exact distance between the Greek cities of Marathon and Athens. It is said that a Greek messenger named Pheidippides ran between the cities (from Marathon to Athens) after the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC to announce the Greeks had defeated the Persians in the battle.
Running 26.2 miles is no easy feat, and in fact, the ability to do so may not even come naturally for some of the most seasoned and notable runners. There’s a ton of training involved in prepping for a run of this measure, so check out some of the best ways to do it. As for experiencing a proposal at the finish line? That’s on you — but the determination, dedication (and bod!) it takes to complete a marathon won’t hurt!
Set Weekly Mileage Goals:
Before the start signal sounds on marathon day, you want to make sure your body is well adjusted to running for long periods of time. Rather than focusing on running for an extended amount of time on one day, think of the mileage collectively — over the course of a week — and start with setting feasible goals. Once you’ve reached your weekly mileage goal, up the ante a little bit. Then, strap on those sneakers and get to it! (You might need a new pair by now…)
Balance Your Muscles:
Keeping your body in constant motion means your cardiovascular system and muscles are working really, really hard. Runners get so focused on the cardio aspect of training, they often aren’t dedicating enough time to exercises that help stabilize and strengthen the muscles that support running. It’s crucial for a marathon runner to not neglect training with a focus on stretching, strengthening, and stabilizing three key areas: Glutes, Core, and the Hip Flexors. Snatch up a pair of resistance bands — they’re so portable, you can take them on your runs — and go to town when it comes to stabilizing and strengthening your muscles. The bands will make your workout session more efficient, so you can spend more time on cardio.
Switch Up Your Cardio Routine:
In training, you’ll be getting lots of cardio work in, so vary up your routine to give certain muscles and joints a break on the day-to-day. For a challenge, try a long swim or partake in an intense cardio fitness class. If you want to squeeze in some cardio in the office or at home, grab a jump rope and get to it!
If you’ve set a goal for yourself to complete a marathon, that alone deserves a nod — so don’t let yourself get discouraged or overwhelmed now! All successful runners experience the bad days, and the only way they’ve ever gotten to the finish line is by persisting through the challenges. Your mentality will be your best friend when it comes to persisting and sticking to your running goals. Stay motivated by watching re-runs online of your favorite races, perusing the blogs of other marathon runners, and following runners on social media who share the same passion.
Your food and drink choices will have an enormous impact on your running results. Increase your carbs in the hours leading up to the big day, and layer in some protein to amp up your energy on marathon day, too. In nearing the date of your run, you might decide to go on a “practice” run. If that’s the case, eat and drink in the way you would on the actual date to see how your body responds. While you’re running, hydrate your body with electrolyte drinks and keep your carb level up. As for after the race? Eat whatever you want! As Haigh said, “Today I ran 26.2 miles. And got engaged to the love of my life. Now I get to go eat pizza and drink beer with my family and best NYC friends.”