How To Know You’re Ready For A Marathon
Considering your first marathon?
If you’re ready to push yourself to the limit and are prepared for intense training, then marathons could be your thing.
Many people every year complete their very first marathon and in the process get hooked for life!
This said, it’s important that you ask yourself a few key questions before you sign up.
Let’s go over those five questions so that you can ensure you are fully prepared.
Do You Have The Time To Train?
The first question to ask yourself is whether you have the time to train.
If you are planning on running a marathon, you will need to devote many hours each week – in fact, in some cases, it will be several hours each day training for this event.
For someone with a busy schedule, marathon training just isn’t a wise move.
Be sure to look over some marathon training plans and determine whether you really have the time to commit.
Remember that it’s also not just about having the hours to run each day, but in addition to that, also about having time for rest, recovery, food prep and so on.
If you just don’t have the time, don’t get discouraged, try a 5-10km run instead.
That’ll be far more doable with a busy schedule.
Do You Have The Mental Fortitude To Push Through?
Next ask yourself whether you have the mental strength to push through.
Often it’s less about the physical when it comes to marathon training and more about whether you can push through mental barriers.
There are going to be days where fatigue sets in and your body wants to quit.
Will you be able to mentally push yourself to keep going? Be honest with yourself before you get started.
This can be a real eye-opening experience to look at yourself with this, but it’s something that you must do.
If you aren’t sure, begin with a 10km and if you can push yourself through that, you might be ready to master a half or full marathon from there.
Are You Suffering From Any Nagging Injuries?
The next thing to consider is whether you are suffering from any nagging injuries at the time of signing up.
If you are, there’s a good chance they’re only going to get worse as times goes on.
With the repetitive pounding of running on a hard surface, any knee, ankle, hip, or back injuries may start getting even more aggravated, so it’s important that you are considering what you will do to manage them.
If you feel that they’re not too severe you may take a wait and see approach.
It may help to speak to a doctor or physiotherapist about this first before moving onward.
They can help you devise a game plan to overcome those injuries so that you can train pain-free and enjoy yourself.
What Are Your Primary Fitness Goals?
Also think about what your primary fitness goals are. Are you looking for weight loss?
If so, it’s best to achieve that first and then take up marathon training.
You’ll need to add more calories to your day when training for an endurance event, so it’ll make fat loss efforts harder.
Some people sign up thinking it’ll be the perfect way to prompt weight loss and then are very disappointed when they come to see that they aren’t losing weight.
You should focus on performance during this time, not weight loss, so be sure that’s your goal.
These are just some of the key questions to ask yourself prior to starting a marathon training program.
A marathon is a big commitment so be sure that you are fully prepared before you get started so you can enjoy success with your marathons.