A very, very, VERY novice runners guide to training and running your first marathon.
First, GO YOU. Seriously, I know you’re terrified that you’ve accepted the challenge, registered, verbally committed, etc. If you’re like me, the decision was made a year in advance so I had a WHOLE YEAR to worry and panic :).
Second, let me say I am NOT AN EXPERT. Of anything. Not of running or health or even blog writing. This is my advice based on my personal experience. What worked for me, may not work at all for you! And certainly if you are an experienced runner, you may laugh your head off at my tips and tricks and that’s okay. I’m just trying to help out the folks out there who feel like running a marathon is a complete impossibility but are still brave enough to commit!
So, here they are. My tips for running your first marathon:
You need a decent base. My base is a 3 mile run, 3 times a week that I try to run in as close to 30 mins as I can. Sometimes less, and I’m trying to get faster, but that’s my norm. If you are brand-new to running, start by working up to a 5K. Take as much time as you need to train for that! Not everyone can achieve that level of endurance and fitness in the same amount of time. Once you can comfortably run a 5K, work up to a 10K and eventually a half-marathon. I feel like the half-marathon was vital step for me before training for a full, but everyone is different! You may feel ready to train from the beginning! That’s okay too!