Marathons

The Chennai Marathon is an annual marathon in Chennai, India. The event is jointly organized by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Rotary International.

Starting from the Anna Square in the Marina Beach and terminating at the Annai Velankanni Church on the Elliot Beach, it is considered the countrys biggest city marathon and is also said to be South India's richest marathon, in which over 1,000 athletes and more than 6,000 people participate.
The event includes various categories such as a 21.09km run for professional athletes, a 7km city run for everybody, a junior run for children, a 10-km mini marathon for the uniformed personnel, a master's run for senior citizens and a 500m wheelchair run for the disabled.

Half Marathon(21.097494 kilometers)

A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 kilometers (13.1094 mi).It is half the distance of a marathon and usually run on roads. Participation in half marathons has grown steadily. One of the main reasons for this is that it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon requires.

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April.The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event.

Marathon Training

Many charitable organizations hold marathons, half marathon and 5K races to raise money for their causes. If you are interested in a specific cause, such as environmentalism, animal rights or cancer research, look for an event that contributes to it.
  1. Register for your half marathon event.(Registration information may also include special requirements, such as minimum finish times, which you should account for in your training goals.)
  2. Begin your training at least 12 weeks prior to the date of your half marathon event.
  3. Find running trails or circuits where you can accurately judge the distance, such as a local track or a neighborhood sidewalk (which you can measure the distance of in your car)
  4. Create a training calendar and post it in a prominent place to help you stay motivated every day of your training.
  5. Spend your first 2 weeks running 3 miles twice, with a 4-mile run at the end of the week.
  6. increase your short run by half a mile (0.8 km) every 2 weeks, and end of the week by 1 mile (1.6 km).
  7. Increase your long run by 1 mile every week when you reach the last 3 to 4 weeks of your training, one week before you have to complete a 10-miles by run.
  8. Leave at least one day between each run. Spend these days doing short jogs that are less than 3 miles each or cross training with other sports or fitness activities.
  9. Devote 1 day each week to stretching and strength training with light to moderate weights. You may like to enroll in a yoga or Pilates class to make sure that you prioritize these days in your training.
  10. Rest for 1 day each week. Avoid any activity more strenuous than casual walking on your rest days
  11. Lower your level of training the week before you run a half marathon. Reduce the distance of your runs to 2 to 4 miles each, and spend less time cross training.
  12. Rest for the two days prior to the half marathon event. Get lots of sleep! Definitely at least eight hours per night.
  13. Eat a light, nutritious meal prior to your race, and stick with the foods you typically eat during your training. Bring drinks and a snack for after the race as well.
  14. Pack your running gear, such as a timer and glycogen, and a change of clothes the night before the race. Lay out your running clothes ahead of time for less stress on the day of the event.
  15. Stretch thoroughly and slowly after you cross the finish line.

Registeration open for chennai marathon:

Chennai Runners :http://www.chennairunners.com/