We are almost 40 and we need to begin marathon training to do our first marathon before we are 40, so we can take it off our bucket list. But where do we begin?
What are the challenges and how to beat them?
Time, is the biggest challenge in almost everything we set off to do. We never seem to have enough time to do anything, so we need to be determined and really want this. The key to marathon training is the following:
- Set up a reasonable schedule that will improve your performance and reduce risk of injury. One of the biggest mistakes in marathon training is trying to do everything at once and injuring yourself in the meantime.
- Set up a baseline, work up gradually to the mileage you want to run, normally the ideal routine is 3 months before, begin running a couple miles and add 10% more weekly. This way you avoid injury and aren’t watching the race from the sidelines.
- Goals are very important, ask yourself what are your goals with running this marathon. The motives behind you wanting to do this marathon will help you stick to your tight schedule.
- Get your loved ones involved, time spent with them is precious and we don’t want them to feel neglected during this period of marathon training, so either have them run with you or ride along on their bicycle, making sure if you are running at night that you all wear your reflective vest to avoid a car accident. Find out more in this site : – http://flexactivesports.com/
What does a reasonable preparation plan involve?
It involves good planning, many decide to hire a personal trainer to help them prep for the marathon, but if that is not possible there is tons of information online to help you train. There are three aspects to take into consideration when you are marathon training:
- Running, it has been recommended to do 3 simple runs each week, concentrating the 1st run of the week on speed and not time, it will be the shortest run of the week. 2nd run of the week will be a medium distance run, concentrating on pace and breathing, the 3rd run of the week will be the longest and you will need to pace yourself by going slower.
- Weight lifting, strength and conditioning, twice a week has many benefits for runners, helps