9 Basic Steps On How To Train For A Marathon
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;
- 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.
- 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.
- TAKE ACTION:
That’s right. You need to take action. Remember, goals are nothing without action.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Don’t let other people or things distract you. Stick to a plan and focus.
- 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!
- 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.