Marathon Running Training Schedules
I've been jogging for fitness for about two years now, and think I've
worked myself into pretty good shape. I currently run about 25 miles
per week, and have no trouble doing so. I want to push myself even
harder now, which is why I'm considering entering a few races. Not as a
serious contender, of course, but just as a back-of-the-pack runner
trying to meet a personal challenge. Towards this end, I've been
looking at marathon running training schedules online and will start
following one of them soon.
If you're not familiar with what it takes to run marathons, you might
be surprised to learn that you can't just simply show up at the
starting line on race day and expect to finish. Even seasoned runners
that log lots and lots of miles every week need to engage in special
marathon running training before the big event. That's because going
26.2 miles in a single afternoon takes an incredible toll on the body
and isn't something that most of us are already prepared to do.
Fortunately, you don't have to hire an expensive personal trainer in
order to get ready for any marathons you want to enter. Instead, there
are hundreds upon hundreds of fitness websites on the Internet that
provide excellent information for free. Many of these sites offer
marathon running training schedules that will safely get you in race
shape. There are schedules for beginner, intermediate, and advanced
runners, so all you have to do is choose the level that applies to your
situation and download the corresponding workout recommendation. I will
choose beginner even though I've been putting in consistent miles for
two years. My goal is to simply finish the race, so I figure I better
train at a level I know I can handle.
Most of the marathon running training programs I've seen thus far
encompass about 9 to 12 weeks of workouts. This is the minimum amount
of time you should allow yourself to get into race shape, so be sure to
plan your event entries accordingly. In other words, you shouldn't
consider marathons that are only a couple months away because you
likely won't be ready to go by then -- unless you're an extremely
experienced runner with several long-distance races under your belt
I also need to keep in mind that marathon running training involves
more than just consistent workouts. I also need to eat properly, remain
sufficiently hydrated, and allow myself several rest and recovery days
to ensure that my body is in top form. Nutrition tips for people
gearing up for marathons are also widely available online, so I'll be
sure to check those out as well.
I'm actually excited to embark on my marathon running training program.
It gets kind of boring to run as much as I do with no real purpose in
mind. I'm anxious to see if I'll actually be able to finish 26.2 miles
all at one go!
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