Typically for a run of about 30 minutes you shouldn't need to eat anything in particular, you should have enough energy already stored in your muscles to run for up to an hour without a problem, but everyone is different so you could experiment with having something light like half a banana or a glass of juice at least an hour before you run. You don't want anything too heavy or you'll feel really sluggish on your run The fact that you say you are dizzy AFTER the run rather than during it made me wonder if it more of a cool down issue. When you finish running do you just stop? Ideally you want to cool down for a couple of minutes, just walking, keep moving. If you stop and stand still when your heart rate is still really high from your run then this can cause dizziness - perfectly normal and nothing to worry but not very pleasant!
Thank you so much for posting a reply. You have brought the utmost important factor that I hadn't even considered: Getting hurt. I think you are right about starting off to quickly, I should slow down a bit. But if it isn't too much trouble I would love all advice you'd like to offer. Today I had a good run. I jogged about 3 miles, I had "the runners high" felt great. But as soon as I stopped jogging, I felt dizzy, and nauseated all at once. Do you recommend eating before your workouts or after? I have so many questions. Thanks for your help.
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Hi Dreamz2, running a marathon is an excellent goal to work towards. Most marathon training schedules are 16 or 20 weeks so you have plenty of time to build up a good running base before you need to start extending your distance too much, if you are thinking of something in 9 months time. 10 minute miling for 30 minutes is an excellent start but be careful not to do too much too soon. I would look at running 3x weekly, 30 minutes if you can do it twice weekly and then gradually extend the third run up by 5 minutes each week until you're running about 60 minutes, run-walk if you need to, it is time on your feet, not the pace that matters at the moment. If you are cramping (calves are a particular pain for this!) then stretching is often the answer, focusing in particular on your calves and hamstrings after each run. Weight training is an excellent cross-training for running and you can work on legs, core and upper body too, which will help to injury proof you for when you start to really work on long runs. I find with marathon training that is not getting through the training that is the problem rather getting through the training without picking up an injury! If you want to exercise every day then look at cross training options rather than running every day - yoga, cycling, swimming are all excellent choices and will help your running in the long term. I don't know if you have a training schedule in mind but I have several links I can forward on to you if you need more guidance. Very best of luck!
I have about 9 months until my marathon. I have been able to run for about 30 minutes straight without stopping. ( more like jogging a 10 minute mile) However; I start to cramp up, and cant seem to catch my breath. I was wondering if I should work at endurance training or building muscle? Should I use some days or all days running and not build the muscle? ( training with weights ) If anyone has any tips or advice I would be most thankful. I have never really ran at all before.