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Preparing To Run A Marathon

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Have you considered joining a marathon and see it as a challenge? There are some people we know who are quite addicted to marathons and join them on a regular basis. As soon as they crossed the finish line, they are already making plans of joining another. Aside from being highly motivated, the athletes are usually in great shape looking slim and healthy.

What kind of person joins a marathon? Must you be a natural athlete or a gym rat? The reality is that those who participate in marathons are people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Several of the participants are not even athletic and has never even joined in any running activity. They have their own reasons for preparing for an experience that they won’t regret for the rest of their lives.

If you are feeling ambitious and would like to achieve this goal, there are several tips you can use to help you finish a marathon. You have to know what your physical limitations are by understanding your body and working within those limits. People with a lot of health issues can still participate in marathons but they will have to work on their own pace. You should start by working on a routine that will strengthen your inner core and enhance your stamina. To accomplish this you have to use weight and strengthening exercises. Begin by training 3 days a week.

Get ample rest and rejuvenate yourself by eating healthy food that will provide you the energy you need for training. Plan your runs at least 3 days a week by alternating the days with strength training. Slowly increase the distance that you are running (and speed if you like) one day of every week. If you have not ever run before, once you start your training program be committed to it. You will be amazed how fast the body adapts.

Start your pace slowly then gradually work towards getting faster until you could run a pace 30 to 40 minutes for every stretch at least 2 days in a week. You can vary your training by varying your terrain alternating running on flat surfaces and inclines like hills or trails. Two months before the marathon day, increase the distance of your run to 20 miles a day during the week.

Do not do long runs on back to back days because your body will need time to recover. 2 to 3 weeks from the big day, you will have to cut back on your mileage to run 10 or 12 miles a day so that you can save your optimum energy for the actual race.

Commit to training now so you can enjoy the excitement of finishing your first marathon. Guaranteed there will be more to follow.

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