So You Want to Run a Marathon

            I have been running for over 10 years and accomplishing 6 marathons.  I also trained for my first 80k marathon and have raced in countless half marathons and events worldwide. 

            I have met the most amazing and dedicated people who are runners.  Anyone can run, all you need is a good pair of runners, motivation and mindset. Every marathon is different and you may have a different approach each time.  The rest we just take all in our stride and tackle the marathon one kilometer at a time.

            What we need to consider when running your first marathon is

Training program

To run a marathon, you need to train for 12 weeks and 4 – 5 days a week with a mix of short-distance running and long-distance running

Ask yourself – How much time do you have in a week to train? Will you have to run at night or in the morning and what about weekends? What commitments do I already have?  This will help also determine what time you would like to achieve your marathon and is this realistic with your training program

What do I need to eat while training and race day?

This is a very important issue and you can easily read lots of information that is not correct and sometimes it is trial and error,  this is why we train, You will find foods that will work or you will need to try something new.  Try not to get too much into the hype of Carb Loading

What is it like to race?

Racing can be very overwhelming and running in large groups there is a strategy that you will need to practice.  Throughout your training make sure you race in smaller races and practice racing.  There are many elements that you need to think about doing a race, such as weather, crowds, race maps, and how the events are organised. Another factor to think about is, the way you run with others if you have run on your own throughout your training. This can be quite difficult if you are not used to running with others

There are many reasons to run a marathon.  For me, running is a way of being around like-minded people and raising money for charities and another great reason is for your general well being and good health.  If you are like me, running becomes part of your everyday life!

My 5th marathon and training with Oscar – Raising awareness for Premature babies
photo by nakia stevens is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.Blog by Nakia Stevens is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Published by nakiastevens

Running marathons with my 5 Year old son. Oscar. We run to raise awareness and support other families who are going though some challenging times

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