A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Marathons

March 01, 2019

A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Marathons

Participating on a marathon can be great fun. It’s for everyone able and willing, and does not need to be taken seriously though some people can still be wildly competitive. One of the main ideas behind going into one is to test the body’s limit, or even go beyond it.

A full marathon has a standard distance of 42.194 kilometres or 26.219 miles. It’s by no means a walk in the park. So preparations much be considered. The body, mind, and even spirit will be tested. Training is essential if one is to finish the run.

We have listed a few points to consider in order to get yourself in the zone.


Schedule It In

Loosening up in the weeks leading to the marathon requires time. Before signing up or if you’ve already signed up, you need to set time aside to train and work out. It’s recommended to keep an actual log and schedule and not just wing it at the start or end of a training session. Jot down time, distance, and even exhaustion level.


Gear Up

Pick the perfect shoes. Like a gun to a soldier, your shoes are your best friends in training and in the actual event. Get proper running shoes. Style takes a backseat in this. It is recommended to get brand new kicks before training. Assess the state of the shoes right before the main run and see if you need another new pair. Bring or wear the same style of socks that you’d be using for training and the marathon itself when buying. Authenticity of feel and comfort play are rather important in this case. Try not to buy online. And do not hesitate to ask or request to return the shoes if you do not feel comfortable in them while training. Some stores can actually be very generous with their return policies. Invest. Don’t cheap out. Quality should come first.


Prioritize Time​

In training, don’t think too much of the distance you’ve covered. Take more notice of the time you use up training while in the infancy of training. It’s easier to add more time than adding more distance once you feel like progressing.



Go for Ten

When you feel like you are ready to increase your running time in training, it is recommended to add ten percent to your total running time per week. Your fitness level would naturally improve so move forward through pushing for longer run times. It is advised to not go over a fifteen percent increase in time per increment.

If tracking distance, you must not exceed the ten percent increase. We are all made of iron until it starts to hurt. Take it little by little. Your body would really appreciate it.



Nutrition would also play a huge part in your training. Unfortunately there’s no one set guide because everyone is different. This is a very customizable part of the training and one that also includes some scheduling. This is best sorted out early on and must be applied throughout the stretch of your training. So figure out early how much calories you need to consume before and after training. Figure out the frequency of meals, snacks, and even drinks. Keep a log. It will be instrumental to not running out or fuel when you need it. This would involve a lot of testing.


Scout and Simulate

If you know the location of the course, don’t hesitate to do an ocular inspection. And if it is comfortable and safe enough, try to do a dry run. That way you’d know the actual terrain. You’d have a solid idea of your pacing strategy—when, where, and how. It could mean the difference between finishing and giving up.


Keep it 100

Know when to rest. The point of training is to build up fitness and that greatly involves recovery time. Yes, you are to push to the limits but do not wait for your body to tell you to take a knee and a breather. Overwhelming yourself affects motivation. One main goal for the day itself is to be at a hundred percent. Running damaged would obviously not be in your best interest. So take time off—a day or two as needed—and let your body chill down. Never wait until you feel that you need the break because your body and even mind need to stitch themselves up.


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