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Marathon Training for the Rookie Runner

15 May 2014

For most new runners, the successful completion of a marathon is generally the first initial goal—especially if running competitively. However, jumping right into a full-fledged marathon might end up being a case of “biting off more than you can chew.”

With enough commitment and the proper training though, a marathon is an easily attainable goal to pursue. In fact, if you’re serious about participating in a marathon, then here are a few generalized tips to get you on the right path, figuratively and literally!

Adopt a Training Regimen

Believe me, finding a good training regimen for marathons will prove fairly easy! However, finding one that is best suited for you may be a much more daunting task considering there are hundreds, if not thousands, of training routines available. You don’t have to take my word for it; just Google it! The trick to finding a suitable training regimen for you is to find one that does not exceed your comfort zone by too much. After all, the goal is to be able to complete the entire training regimen, right? Also, be sure that your daily schedule can facilitate your program as well.

Pick the Proper Race

Just like finding an appropriate training program, it is also important to sign up for a marathon that is better suited to your skill level. For instance, if you chose to run a Seattle marathon such as the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon, then you would need to be acclimated to running in hilly environment. Other marathons may have thousands of runners. Do some research and find the most appropriate marathon for you.

Don’t Set the Bar Too High

This is especially true if this is your very first marathon. With potentially thousands of runners trying to finish first, the probability of placing first for a new runner drops considerably (but it is not impossible though). For a first-timer, it is good to set a realistic time to finish in or under. That will give you a good foundation to build upon. After hitting your first goal, then you can aim for a better time on the next marathon.

A “Pre-Training” Training program

Sound confusing? Let me clear that up a bit. Most marathon training programs are catered to seasoned runners who have logged hundreds of miles of asphalt underneath their running shoes. If you are completely new to running, then you want to take some time—say a few months at least—to just hit the streets and rack up some mileage. Gradually increase the number of miles you run each week, and pretty soon you will be completely equipped to tackle most any marathon training program.

Equip Yourself

Basically what this means is get a good pair of running shoes. Whether we’re talking about a seasoned veteran or a rookie runner, I think we can agree that the shoes are the most important piece of equipment. Picking a good pair of running shoes may end up being much more difficult than you think. There are literally hundreds of shoe manufacturers, each with their own unique brand of running shoe. When shopping for shoes, just look for a pair that is adequately equipped with proper cushioning and support throughout. The manufacturer will throw all kinds of alluring adjectives at you, but the only way to truly find out if you’re purchasing a good shoe is to try it on.

Track Your Progress

The easiest way to do this is to keep a journal of sorts. Although it doesn’t necessarily have to be a tangible journal, it could also be a spreadsheet or simply a piece of paper that you scribble haphazardly on. However you look at it, a journal of your progress is the best way to improve. You will notice as you progress deeper into your training that your endurance and speed improve significantly.

Carbs are Your Friend

For the dieter in disguise, carbs are the enemy. However, for the runner, carbs can be quite friendly. If you didn’t already know, carbs are the components in food responsible for “fueling” your body. In fact, more than half of your daily intake of calories you be comprised of complex carbs. It is important to amp up your carb intake significantly a few nights before your marathon.

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