9 Basic Steps On How To Train For A Marathon

5kgeek runs LA Marathon 2011 I got started running marathons with a challenge to run around the block for 30 minutes before work. I figured it’s only thirty minutes. It is short, right? It was but they never told me we are doing an uphill route.

I was so tired. I ran it so slow I though I’d never make it to work on time.

I was told we have to do it again the next morning and in few months I will be running the Los Angeles Marathon…if I wanted to.

I said “NO WAY, twenty six miles is very far. I’m not in shape and overweight. Also, I’ve never run before – not in high school nor in college.

March 2011 I just finished my 6th Los Angeles Marathon with a Personal Best. Amazing what can happen by following a few tips from a veteran and a husband and wife team that believed I can.

I believe these tips can help you or somebody you know that is training for a marathon;

  1. THINK  YOU CAN.
    Think that you can finish a marathon. Think positive always. Think about successes not failures. Stay away from a negative people…they’ll mess up with your thinking.
  2. SET YOUR RUNNING DREAMS AND GOALS:
    You need to write them down. Your specific goals and developed plan to achieve them should be visible to you always. Read always.
  3. TAKE ACTION:
    That’s right. You need to take action. Remember, goals are nothing without action.
  4. LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT RUNNING:
    Read books and get training if possible. Acquire new skills and running techniques always. You can always try new things and experiment which one is best for you.
  5. BE PERSISTENT AND CONSISTENT.
    Small steps done consistently over a period of time equals greater result. Never, never… never give up. Only those that gave up never finishes a marathon.
  6. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY:
    Aches and pains that does not go away normally are signs of something wrong. Get the help of a medical professional. Remember your body is always telling you and me something – good or bad.
  7. FOCUS:
    Don’t let other people or things distract you. Stick to a plan and focus.
  8. ASSOCIATE WITH LIKE MINED PEOPLE:
    No person is an island. You can always learn something from other runners. Plus the moral support you get from them are priceless. Help others become better runners too!
  9. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY:
    When things aren’t going well, take full responsibility. Do not blame others. It’s never a good practice anyway.

There you have it. It’s a short list but it works – at least for me.

 

 

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