“You’re going to do what?” “Run a marathon.” “But… Why?”
There are a bunch of ways I can answer that, but my usual response is, “To see if I can do it.”
I’m not in terrible shape, but I’m not exactly a runner. At most, I dabble. I enjoy it, but I also work in retail, and am on my feet 80% of the day. I’m also a little bit (a lot) accident prone, so I have to be careful not to overdo it.
A good friend is turning 50 next year, and there’s a big marathon soon after her birthday. It’s a bucket list item for her to check off, and I figured that 26.2 miles would be less awful if one had company. If she can do it at 50, I *should* be able to do it at 36.
I have a long way to go; my longest run has been about 7 miles. But I’m finding that my shorter excursions are getting a little bit faster and I’m not as wiped out afterwards. It feels good to carve out time that is just for me. There’s something to be said for putting on some music (with only one earbud in, for safety) and for the next X number of minutes, all you have to think about it is breathing in for a four count and out for six.
So, more experienced distance runners, what do you wish you’d known when you were starting out? Are there any gadgets, gizmos, or apps that you cannot live without? And most importantly, what kind of sports bra do you recommend?
4 replies on “You’re Going to Do… What?”
Right there with you! Or well, plans. Distant plans.
Congrats! Marathoning is such a fun adventure, and honestly “older” runners tend to train smarter and have more success than younger runners who are more apt to just wing it.
–Hal Higdon’s training plans are great.
–Keep yourself well fueled — eat before longer runs, bring fluids and snacks when you get up in the double digits, and get some food in your body shortly after.
–Both friends and podcasts make fun running companions.
–Milkshakes and beer both taste amazing post-run.
–Listen to your body. Some runs are tougher than others, especially in the heat. Slow down as much as you need to, and recognize that you will undoubtedly deviate from your training plan.
–Have fun and be proud of yourself!
I have absolutely no advice… I’ve only run when chased. However… I’ve been told (by others) that this is a good website: http://www.marathonrookie.com/marathon-training.html
There’s more to it than the physical training. You’ll need mental preparation too.
All the best to you and I look forward to reading about your experience!
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