Running a marathon is a great achievement. Marathon runners are an elite group of athletes who have dedicated themselves to pursuing individual excellence in the form of running 26.2 miles. It is such a test of mental and physical perseverance that only 0.5% of the American population has completed a marathon. Hope to join this exclusive club? Here are some things about running a marathon that you should probably know ahead of time.

Stairs will become your worst enemy

For several days after you run a marathon, you’ll want to avoid stairs at all possible costs. Some people find that walking down backwards can alleviate the pain. Elevating your legs at the end of the day is a must in order to ease the pain. Having a friend or family member to lean on is another good way to reduce pressure on your quads.