Recently and it seems, yearly, I have decided to get back to into running. I am not a great runner and have only ran a half dozen 5k races over the past few years. I have always wanted to enjoy running but I believed that to learning to love running would be impossible. However, a friend asked if I had ever considered running a marathon. Running a marathon had always been a goal but time seemed to get into my way. We made a goal to run daily and see where it would take us.
I finalized my goal for running: “I wanted to run my first marathon and if no setbacks to run at least 2 marathons this year and if all went well then 4“
As I look back…that was a pretty intense goal to make. However, setting such a high goal pushed me to run when I didn’t want to. Just this last week I finished my first marathon and have learned to love running. Running has become addicting and I am only 1/4th of the way to my goal.
I wanted to finish the marathon in under 6 hours. I actually finished around the 5 hour 20 minute mark.
I am not a 3 hour marathon runner and probably never will be, but to have finished was amazing. Running allows you to burn calories, stress, boredom, and laziness.
I recently finished by second marathon. It was a killer!!! What an experience. My training has been rather consistent but this race seemed much more difficult.
I finished just under 6 hours.Â Cramping in my legs seemed to be the worst part of the race. The sites through the mountains and the time to exercise, think, and listen to music was perfect.
Two down and now two to go!!!
Family, work, and pain in both knees will prevent me from finishing my two marathons this year.Â I have continued to run but my long distance running has decreased.Â I have targeted a few marathons for next year and will continue training through the fall and winter months.
I had never ran more then 6 miles previously. When I started running recently I hadn’t ran in over 6 months. I was scared and out of shape.
I started running the day after Christmas. I made a goal and started running/walking 3 miles a day 5 or 6 times a week
I then forced myself to run 3 miles without stopping for 2 weeks. I then ran a 5 mile “long run”.
From there I went to 4 miles a day for 3 weeks and another long run of 7.5 miles.
I soon bumped it up to 5 miles a day and running a “long run” every 2 weeks. I went to 10 miles, then 12 miles, then 15, 18 and finally 20 miles.
There was not 1 day while training that I loved running — it wasn’t until the marathon itself — and then I really only loved the first 20 miles. I hated the last 6 and then loved the last .2 miles or so.
To finish and accomplish a goal is truly amazing.
11 marathon Hints
1.) Time – running is about putting in the time. That is all it is. If it takes you 15 minutes or 4 minutes to run
a mile – put in the time.
2.) Get good equipment – Shoes, shorts, socks, food, water – get the good stuff [not always the expensive stuff].
3.) Run inside and out – Running everyday can get boring…and often excuses are made according to weather – running inside and outside to change tempo and the view can be refreshing.
4.) Travel to run – Try out new places and new courses…when you know how far you have run [or how far you have to go] it can make running more difficult..try a new place.
5.) Stretch – I have never stretched before a run [though I should] but we all need to stretch after a run. It allows your body to heal or recuperate better and more fully.
6.) Have a running partner – Run with someone or train with someone – the difference is that they may not be with you every day or even ever…but you can still share goals and stories. Get a friend or find a new one!!!
7.) Plenty of fluids and food – Find good and healthy training foods – They will prevent injury, fatigue, nausea, and dehydration.
8.) Music – Get a play-list of music and run the miles away while listening to your favorite band or songs. If you love to think rather then listen – this one is not for you.
9.) Set a goal – Start today…make the plans…then make it happen.
10.) Be mindful of the outhouses – You evolve into a runner when a potty break occurs regularly while running…but be careful…you don’t want to be somewhere unprepared!!
11.) Run for a reason – whether for yourself or another – running for a purpose can be fun and powerful.
Shedding the weight or even improving your health can be obtained by running. To start running today can have dramatic and life long benefits to your appearance, emotions, and your overall physical and mental health.
Often your Nutrition will improve because by running often you want to put better foods into your body.
Exercise is always a first line of treatment to several medical conditions. Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, High Cholesterol and Heart Attack are just a few disease that can be improved and often prevented by getting a bit of exercise.
A marathon may not be attainable for everyone. Try to incorporate some sort of activity into your daily life , even if it’s just walking to spend less time on the couch.
Some key websites to take a look at:
Runners World – http://www.runnersworld.com/
Marathon Guide – http://www.marathonguide.com/
Cool Running – http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/1/1_18/7420.shtml
Susan G. Komen for the Cure http://ww5.komen.org/
and many others!!
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