Marathons are hardwork, take the hard out of hardwork

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.

Preparing for a Marathon

For the last couple of years I have been making the decision to live a healthy life. I have been consistent with my diet and workout routine, but this year I decided to take another step in my journey. I decided that I was going to run a marathon. Taking the time to prepare for the marathon made a substantial impact. I gave myself a whole year to prepare, and on the day of the marathon I felt that I was completely ready.
The first step I took to prepare started during my evening runs almost a year ago. I began by creating my own training program centered around how far I felt I could push myself daily. The goal was to do this without burning myself out, or causing an injury. Everyday, I steadily increased the distance I was able to run. I started out slow only being able to run a small distance farther than I had previously, but during each run my stamina was increasing. I began to gradually push more and more, and run for a longer distance. I did this until eventually, I was able to run the entire distance of the marathon.
With all this training, it was incredibly important to pay attention to what I was consuming each day. I decided to put myself on a diet that was high in carbohydrates and protein. Doing this helped to repair the muscle tissue that was being damaged. My diet consisted of eating 2,500 calories a day. Drinking a lot of water was also essential. I would drink between three to four liters of waters each day. Staying hydrated was very important. Additionally, I took a multivitamin every morning to keep my body at its best.
The final step involved taking into account any other factors that could cause me to be unable to complete the marathon. For instance, I made sure to toss my worn out tennis shoes into the garbage, and I bought a new high quality pair of running shoes. Additionally, I took the time to make sure to break in the new shoes before the marathon. I also made sure to have plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and protein bars handy the day of the marathon.
I do believe that taking the time to mentally and physically prepare for the marathon made a huge difference. I was able to complete the marathon with confidence, and now I’m going to continue my journey of living a healthy and fulfilling life.