You always wanted to get a medal, and one of the easiest ways to do it is to run a marathon.
Well, to start with, I will disappoint you and say that it is not as easy as it sounds, and that in order to finish a full marathon, you might have to change your lifestyle at least 3 to 4 months prior. This involves the diet, exercising, and moving your boundaries. There will be a lot of hard work and things might get dirty, so before you continue reading, ask yourself if you have what it takes to finish a marathon. If the answer is yes, then this guide will be a good place to start getting information on how to get started.
It starts with commitment
Crucial thing about every marathon is your willpower to make it. The race is long, and it just might happen to be the longest distance you ever covered. By running! So you better have a good reason behind your wish to run the marathon, otherwise you might break and quit before you finish the race. There are many people out there who sign up for the marathon but never show up. If you are one of those, then you are just wasting your time.
In order to be able to run a full marathon, you have to get in shape. It takes a lot of time and hard work to build up on stamina, so take your time and start doing it slowly. Push your boundaries bit by bit every now and then, and if you start preparing on time for the main event, you will be more than ready to finish it.
You have to know your limits and current abilities. You cannot just think that you can finish a marathon; you have to believe it, know it. Once you are 100 % sure that you can do it, sign up for it, not before that. It is best to test your abilities in smaller courses, and see what your limits are. Once you overcome the small ones, advance to the longer one and keep doing it until you believe you are ready.
Get informed about potential injuries
Before you start training for a marathon, you should definitely consult someone who finished rehabilitation course to get all the information you need about injuries and how to avoid and prevent them. This is very important, especially because every year a significant amount of people worldwide gets injured while trying to run their first marathon. It is better to come prepared; asking an educated person for an advice should be your priority before bringing a final decision about going for the run.
Vices will be your demise
Quit drinking alcohol, smoking, eating candies or chocolate for all of these bring impending doom. You need to get your body in shape, and by doing so, train your mind to think straight. You have to be mentally strong, enough to overcome your barriers and limits. For once you start running and you reach that breaking point, usually around 15th kilometre, you will have to break the limit and just run Forest, run!
Get on a proper diet
Maintaining healthy sport nutrition is very important for training, especially for marathon. You have to eat a well-designed menu every day, rich in all the nutrients your body needs to get strong and endurable. Building up stamina requires a lot of strong blood cells rich in oxygen, so eating certain veggies and drinking a lot of water might benefit you more than anything else. Once thing is for sure – you will have to get on a strict diet and maintain it.
Running a marathon is not an easy thing to do. Sacrifices will have to be made, but once you run through the finish line and hear the announcer say it, you will burst into tears of joy. There is no better feeling than doing something you never thought you could do, especially when you overcome yourself. Train hard for it, and one day, you will cross that finish line.