You’ll need approximately four months, four days per week with fifty to sixty kilometres of weekly mileage volume. It takes time, it takes energy and it takes commitment. Of those three the commitment is the most important element. If you have your energy on that marathon goal, nothing can stop you. Remember that the commitment is usually not only yours but your family’s too. They’ll have to accomodate and support your new running schedule and the many quirks that will pop up in your new runner’s persona.
For any of you that are on the edge about making this decision let me reiterate my thoughts on running a marathon. I believe that in order to train for a marathon you should be able to run a half marathon in under 2 hours 20 minutes.
If you’re not hitting these times it usually comes down to one (or a combination) of the following reasons. You need to...
... improve your anaerobic values (more training)
... improve your body composition (less body fat, more muscle)
... improve your running mechanics (running style)
I know a lot of runners may not agree with me, after all, the Venicemarathon maximum time is a full six hours. I’m not saying that you can’t run the marathon. I just want to make sure you’re not out there training for too many hours and setting yourself up for injury or disappointment.
In the end, it’s what your gut instinct tells you. If you’ve caught “marathonitis” and all you can think about is running gear, negative splits and those last miles through Piazza San Marco, you know deep down exactly what you want to do...so why not just do it? Here’s the link to sign up ;-)
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