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Thinking About Running a Marathon? Here's How to Get Started

If you are considering training for a marathon, you should already be in pretty good physical condition. However, just because you are fit, you may still be considered a beginner in the world of distance running. There is more than everyday physical fitness involved in preparing to run a marathon.

The following are some tips and ideas for getting in shape to run a marathon. Nutrition and training are important, but making sure you don't overexert or injure yourself is just as important. You might want to consider talking to your doctor or a personal trainer before deciding to run a marathon.

Keep up your mental strength and motivation.

Working your body harder than you thought possible can also cause you a good level of mental stress. If your mental strength is depleted, it will be more difficult to stay motivated and keep working towards your goal. You need to make sure your mind is ready and clear for the physical tasks you are about to take on.

If you need to meditate or otherwise cleanse your mind before you start training for a marathon, feel free. You can also listen to uplifting, motivational or subliminal CDs while you're running. Anything that you can do to ease mental stress will help you out.

Identify your specific goals.

What is the reason you're running a marathon? Are you a fit person who wants a new challenge? Are you trying to lose weight and embrace the idea of a huge challenge? Do you want to finish in a certain time?

If your goal is simply to finish the race, you may have a less rigorous training schedule than someone who wants to finish with a certain time. If you want to run the whole thing, without stopping or walking, you might have to build up more stamina through your training. Your schedule for training for a marathon will depend on your goals, so it is important to know what they are.

Adjust your nutrition habits.

If you are someone that has a sweet tooth, enjoys junk food, or eats fast food at least once a week, it is time to change your eating habits. If you want to successfully participate in a marathon, you will have to follow a healthy diet. The key to eating when training for a marathon is to make sure your food is providing you with the energy you need.

Carbohydrates are extremely important to your diet. Complex carbohydrates will give you the extra stamina you need. You don't need your entire diet to consist of carbohydrates, but you need to eat a good amount to keep your energy up. Don't forget the importance of hydration. The last thing you need in a race is to pass out.

Allow yourself enough time to do everything you need to do.

Make sure you start your training and diet far enough in advance, so that you can gradually build up your strength and your health. Many training schedules are based on six-month plans. This may seem like a long time, but it takes time to build up to run 26.2 miles.

Training for a marathon is no easy task. Even if you have a lot of time to devote to training, you should still start well in advance. Most people have jobs and other responsibilities to attend to, so they can't devote every second of their day to training. This is why planning ahead will ensure your success.

Don't injure yourself.

You can't keep going in a race if you are injured. Training for a marathon involves listening to the messages that your body is sending you. You do have limits, and if you don't work at a gradual pace to exceed those limits, your body will fight back.

Make sure that in your training schedule you set aside days for resting. It is important to have rest days so that your body can recover and get ready for any further strain you are going to put on it. It's also good to rest your mind. Make sure that you ice yourself properly on your rest days; you don't want to wake up one morning and realize that you can't put pressure on that knee or hip.

Find the perfect schedule for training for a marathon.

There are a number of different schedules available to beginners. Find a training schedule that fits your ability and fitness level. You should also consider the amount of time you can devote to training when choosing the right schedule. If there is any issue that you have or any question about choosing the right schedule, talk to a doctor or a trainer.

Think about your age and gender before you choose a training schedule. Also, make a note of any previous injuries that you've had. You can easily re-injure yourself if you aren't careful. A great training program challenges you, but it also gives you enough time to build up to where you need to be.

Run the big race.

Remember all the goals that you made for yourself when you started training for a marathon. If you have a few friends that will run alongside you during the race, it can really help with your overall motivation. Think positive thoughts and don't worry about anyone else running.

If your body tells you to slow down, you need to listen. You might have to walk for a few minutes so you don't strain your muscles. Don't be discouraged, you can still finish the race if you slow down, but not if you hurt yourself.

Recover after training and after the big run.

Recovery when training for a marathon consists of how you treat yourself on rest days. You need to make sure you're getting the proper nutrition during these days and on every day. When your body is tired, you tend to feel less motivated. Keep up your strength and your motivation by allowing yourself to rest and relax.

After you've run the actual marathon, it's important to keep walking for a bit so you don't cramp up. Reward yourself for training for a marathon and actually running it. Go get a massage or take a nice cool bubble bath.

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