Marathon Man: How to Prepare for a Big Race

Running a marathon is something that sits on a lot of people’s bucket list and can be a challenge for anyone who embarks on the mission. However, the accomplishment is well worth the effort and those who do jump on the marathon bandwagon find themselves running in these events repeatedly once they’ve completed their first.

But, where do you begin when it comes to getting your body and mind ready for such an endeavor? Below is a list of 12 steps that’ll help you prepare for your first marathon.

12. Pick a Marathon, Any Marathon

Once you’ve made the decision to scratch “marathon” off your list of things you want to accomplish before you die, the next step is to choose a race. The good news is, you have a plethora of options to choose from. There are low-key local community marathons where you compete against hundreds, to high-profile city races that includes tens of thousands of participants. You can start off with a shorter marathon or dive into a longer one. Some people choose to make a difference and participate in marathons that raise money for charity. You can choose a race organized close to home or join an event a little farther from where you live.

When it comes to your first marathon, do some research and find a race that suits you the best. Just ensure you choose one with ample time so you can train for it, but not too far away that it falls off your radar. The rule of thumb when it comes to racing in a marathon is that participants should be running a steady mileage base for a minimum of one year before thinking about starting to train for a race.

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11. Consult A Physician

Training for a marathon can be a physically and emotionally exhausting process; you also open your body up to potential injury. Before you jump into a marathon training program make an appointment with your doctor. They will not only be able to give their stamp of approval for you to move forward, but they might also be able to give you advice and tips on training methods and diet.

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10. Goal-Digger

Once you’ve decided on the race and been given some advice by your physician, it’s time to start setting some goals! What do you want to achieve from this first marathon?

You may simply want to cross the finish line, or perhaps make it to the halfway point. Maybe you want to squash time goals or your current endurance level? Regardless, keep a running journal and write down the initial goals you have when it comes to this marathon and what you plan to achieve in the end.

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