Monday, May 22, 2017

Adventure Post: Running a Marathon

Running a Marathon: Part 1

Since training for and completing a marathon, I have heard all of the comments that you or your friends are probably saying right now, so let’s get them out of the way:

“Why would you do that?”
“That sounds awful.”
“Couldn’t you get to your destination faster if you drive.”
“You have fun with that; I’ll be at the bar.”
“I don’t like running.”
“Doesn’t it hurt after a while?”
“I like to run, but I get bored.”
“You have to pay to run?”
“What do you get for doing it?”
“How long is a marathon? I’v done a 5k before.”
“My thighs scrape against each other when I run.”
And my favorite,

…“I don’t think that I could do the swimming portion.”

I could spend a large portion of this discussion telling you all of the reasons why you should train for a marathon, why it adds value to your life and your mind, and how it changes you in the process, blah, blah, blah… Honestly, you don’t care that much, and it would be a waste of time for me to try and convince anyone. Either you choose to do it for your own reasons, or you choose not to. What I will provide, is a step by step process of how I trained for my first marathon, my suggestions based on my research (and the research of others), and my personal experiences throughout. Whether you’re considering running a marathon, a half-marathon, or even if you know you will never want to try, I would recommend enjoying my written experience for the value of entertainment at the least!

I’ll be providing a 3 part series that includes all of this and more, so I hope that it you will benefit from my experience and enjoy the upcoming posts!

  1. Getting started
    1. What you need
    2. Setting your goals
    3. What you need to know
  1. Training
    1. Flexibility
    2. My experience
  1. Game day
    1. Prep
    2. The race
    3. The after-effects