Running A Marathon
Some joggers make the decision to participate in running a marathon.
Jogging on a regular basis requires a certain level of discipline. When you decide to run a marathon, you’ll need to increase your level of discipline to become successful.
Competing in a marathon usually begins with a passion – a passion to accomplish something extraordinary and to push your body beyond its normal limits. Once you’ve made the decision to commit to running a marathon, you must begin a training program. Depending on your level of fitness and the amount of time you set aside for training each day, it could take six months or more to reach a fitness level appropriate for taking part in an event.
Long distance running can be physically stressful. Before beginning a training program, it’s wise to have a physical checkup and advise your doctor of your plans.
A reasonable first goal toward running a marathon is to register for a 5K, or 3-mile, event. As a consistent jogger, this could be a very easy competition used primarily as a self confidence builder. However, if you’re a novice runner with the lofty goal of running a marathon, completing a 5K may be the perfect motivation to drive you forward to your larger objective. Motivation plays a big role in completing a 26-mile marathon or even a 13-mile half marathon. What motivates or inspires you? If you’re a visionary, you’re likely aware of what it takes to move you to completion of a goal.
Once your mind is focused, it’s time to train. Training begins with looking the part of an accomplished marathon runner. It’s true. When you’re dressed appropriately for the task at hand, your subconscious mind begins to program itself for success. Ask a trained associate at an athletic clothing specialty store to recommend appropriate running attire, including a good pair of running shoes and socks. Getting yourself decked out for your venture could be more of an up-front expense than you expect, but the items you choose should serve you well.
Note: Running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles so when you find the perfect pair for you, it’s wise to buy more than one pair. Make sure your socks are 100% cotton for absorbing moisture as your body perspires.
The next step may be to enlist the help of a professional trainer. This can be done through a CD or DVD, which will be less costly than actually hiring a coach. Don’t skip this step. It’s critical to the motivation factor.
An important point to remember is that training for a marathon is quite time consuming. Some people try to save time by jump starting their training and then packing too much into too short a time span. To protect yourself from injury, you should begin training slowly and gradually increase distance and speed. Your trainer could play an important role in helping you plan the amount of time necessary to reach your goal safely.
On the eve of your big day, eat a dinner of protein and carbohydrates. The next morning get up early; eat a light breakfast and drink 8 to 16 ounces of water a couple of hours before your run. With proper planning you can achieve your dream of running a marathon.