As most people well know, preparing for any event can be a huge hassle and for some people it can be a real hardship without proper guidance. When preparing for a marathon, there are steps that you have to take in order to be able to complete the marathon. I know how hard it is to prepare for a marathon, but as I know from experience, the steps that a person can take in order to be able to successfully run the marathon and complete it isn’t really that hard at all. In fact, here are some steps that I have taken in order to prepare for a marathon.
Step #1-Save it for the Doc
This is might seem like a pointless thing to do when preparing for a marathon but trust me, it’s very well advised. Going to the doctor to get the go-ahead in order to prepare, and run a marathon is important because I know from experience that not being in the best of health can cost you more than just the race. I wouldn’t be caught dead running a marathon much less participating in one unless I got the okay from the doctor, it’s the right thing to do. See your doctor first!
Step#2-Drive, Drive and more Drive
Mustering the energy to do anything can be tough, but what I usually do is imagine myself doing something that I enjoy doing and ask myself why I thought it was worth it to do. Coincidentally, preparing for a marathon means having the drive to do it and see it all the way through to the end. Think about how bad you want to be the center of attention when you win, and use that to drive you forward; you can make it a personal goal of completion if it’s not about the attention.
Step#3-Set aside time to train
Personally, when I was training for my first marathon, I felt like I had no time to do the training because of everything else I had going on. Setting aside a little bit of time to train for a marathon is one way to get in shape for it. Another benefit to this is that you don’t have to make the training a chore that you can skip at your leisure, setting aside time to train also means that you’re likely to take the marathon training more seriously.
Step#4-Healing is important too
To me, there’s nothing more embarrassing than knowing that I overly abused my body during the training and feel like I have to keep going to feel accomplished. Healing is one of the best ways to train for a marathon, it’s okay to push yourself but don’t overdo it because your body will hate you for it. Heal after every training regime, your body needs that time to heal even if that means that you have to sit in one space for 4-5 hours straight. Healing leads to a healthy body, a healthy body leads to the marathon win.
I hope that you find these tips useful and puts you on the road to winning your first marathon and remember, being prepared for a marathon is its own reward.