Running a marathon is a commitment, there is no getting away from it. It’s not just the race itself – which is 42.2k for those that don’t know – but there is the training schedule to make sure you are ready to run a race that long, and the recovery time that is required as well.
From my point of view, the work is totally worth it. There are not many feelings like crossing the finish line of a marathon race. Just the word itself – ‘marathon’ – whether it is used in the context of a race or something else, always seems to be synonymous with an arduous and grueling experience. So to be able to prepare and train for one, and then actually complete it, brings a lot of satisfaction.
I have put together a list of the things that I believe you will need to be able to train for and run a marathon.
- Time – this is an obvious one, but it’s an important one. You don’t just need to have the spare time to be able to run long distances each week, but you also need to be able to take the time to recover after the long distances. You will also need time to cross-train during your marathon training as well.
- New runners – definitely important, given the long distances that you will be running in the lead up to your race. It is recommended that you replace your running shoes after around 500k, so you will likely go through a pair or two during your training.
- A training plan – very important in order to keep you disciplined and also ensure that you are progressing towards your race goal. If you are looking for someone to put together a training plan for you, I might know a person who can help with that.
- Running fuel – running long distances means you will need to fuel during your runs. Gels are a great way to do this – my favourite are Endurance Tap (not an ad).
- Foam rolling – another very important item. Training for a marathon, you are very likely going to get tight muscles, sore muscles, as well as some inflammation. Foam rolling is a helpful way to relieve these.
Here are some additional posts that may be of interest:
Why your running injury returns and how to get past it
Finding the right running coach for you
Why including hills in your training plan will produce results
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