This page will discuss various aspects of marathon training.
Based on my training experience, I would like to share with you some important things I learned while training for a marathon.
First, a running plan is your friend.
Some people think that they can get out there and just start running. Not so fast! It is very important that you follow a specific running regimen. Other people who have a lot more experience with long runs have put together week-by-week running guides that will help you along the way as you begin training.
Speaking from personal experience, if you try to set out on your own, you will end up injuring yourself, and that will only set you back even further. There are many different places that you can get running guides; however, I would personally recommend marathontraining.com. It is a very professional site with an easy-to-follow running plan.
It is very important that you stay healthy, and an important facet of that is knowing that running has limits. Follow a running guide!
Second, find the right shoes.
Simply put, running in the wrong shoes will ruin your feet. Just like following a running guide, this is also a serious health issue. You basically want to know, can these shoes take me a couple hundred miles? Finding the right pair of shoes is like finding the right house. You're basically going to be living in those shoes for the next several months! Thus, it is important to do your research and find the right pair.
I personally found that in addition to going to the doctor like the video on the right talks about, the best way to do this is to visit a store that specializes specifically in running shoes. My favorite of these kinds of stores is called Fit2Run. If you go there, they will tell you exactly what you need. It is a terrific store.
Third, watch what you eat.
Your diet is crucial. This is probably the most straightforward tip. You cannot put junk food into your body and expect great running results. I personally don't think you have to put yourself on a strict diet, you just have to be sure that you are providing yourself with lots of healthy foods that will translate into energy down the road.
In addition to eating, make sure to drink lots and lots of water! It is critical that you stay hydrated before, during and after your runs. Water is your friend. Drink it as much as you possibly can.
Four, find a running buddy.
As someone who started training for a marathon by myself, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the most important tip from a morale standpoint. Just think about this: do you think it would be more fun to run 20 miles by yourself or with a running buddy? If you're just starting out in the marathon process and you're being honest with yourself, you'll likely say that running 20 miles isn't a lot of fun either way; however, having someone there to encourage you along the way is invaluable.
There were many times on those long runs that I probably would have given up if it had not been for my running buddy encouraging me along the way. Thus, if you want to be successful, find someone who would like to run with you and run together. It will enhance your marathon experience immensely.
Five, enjoy it.
By this point, I'm afraid that lots of people look at the do's and don'ts of marathon running and start to panic. Please don't! It's a really amazing experience. It definitely isn't without its challenges, but the end result is incredibly rewarding. And think about it this way: along the way you get to put your body in great shape while becoming healthier and bonding with a friend. It really is a lot of fun.
So go out there and enjoy it! Marathon running isn't for everyone, but everyone with a proper drive and motivation can accomplish it. I would encourage you to make it your goal to run a marathon in the coming year. You'll be very glad you did.