The fact that you’re reading this article is proof that you’ve at least thought of the idea of running a marathon. But only a thought is not enough, you need to make a firm commitment to do it.
In fact, most of you have probably already gained a place in one of the many marathons around the world. This is a good start. Now all you need to do in the following weeks is to do physically demanding training, abstain from alcohol and sweet treats, do the stressful build-up, and finally put yourself through 26.2 miles of an exhausting run. Easy, right?
If it was that easy, we’d all be doing them, there’d be no challenge and people wouldn’t give admiring looks every time you get out your finisher’s medal to show them. Let’s be clear: marathon training needs strong commitment. It’s not just physically demanding – it can also put a pressure on your family life and social life. Even a schedule for a five-hour runner requires that you dedicate yourself to training four times a week, with long runs of two to three hours at the weekends and several week-day efforts.
[quote]Decide what your marathon goal is and work towards it. The goal may be simply completing the race, or maybe finishing it in a particular time. Whatever the personal goal, stick to it and don’t get distracted by what other people think and do.[/quote]
However you don’t have to change your life. The best training programmes are those that work with your current circumstances – not against them. If you fancy a glass of wine with your dinner, and you’ve done your training session that day, why not reward yourself? Everything in moderation is the greatest way to view it.