If there’s one thing that newly-converted fitness fanatics are scared of, it’s the prospect of a marathon. In their minds, it’s a challenge that they will never be ready for, and they won’t even entertain the idea. However, it is my opinion that you shouldn’t be afraid of marathons, even if you’re not ready to run one. Here’s my reasoning behind running a marathon.
1. You Can Build Your Fitness
Every runner knows that you can’t just be running a marathon without a good level of fitness. Not only will you fail to reach the end, but you’ll be putting yourself at a massive health risk. However, you don’t have to be Superman to undertake one, either. All it takes a planned out training schedule that you need to follow for a number of months (or years!). Like every other physically-abled human on the planet, you can build that fitness. Even if you’re struggling with aches and pains, you can buy things like orthotics for running shoes to help you along the way. You can get there, even if it takes a long time!
2. There’s No Pressure while Running a Marathon
In a marathon, there’s no pressure on you at all. Firstly, you’re in a pack of hundreds of other people, so no-one’s going to be focusing on you but you. Secondly, it doesn’t matter how you complete it. You can run the whole way if you feel able, but that’s not what the majority do. Most people combine a mixture of running and walking in order to reach the end. Some don’t even run at all! The goal is to finish. How you do that is totally up to you.
3. It’s an Attainable Goal to Work Towards
Everyone needs goals in life in order to push them to the next level. In my career, I set myself goals in order to try and progress in my chosen profession. Getting fit shouldn’t be any different. You need something to work towards, or you can lose sight of why you’re doing it. Running a marathon is something that is easily do-able with the right training.
4. It Doesn’t Matter When You Do It
Marathons are immensely popular, and they take place all over the world. It honestly doesn’t matter if you don’t feel able to do it this year. Instead, why not wait until next year? You could even travel the world and take part somewhere else in six months’ time! If you get to the event, and you don’t feel ready, or you feel ill, it doesn’t matter if you can’t take part. There’s always another marathon around the corner.
5. If You Quit, You Quit!
Some of the world’s best runners have quit in the middle of a marathon. Do you think they cared at the time? Of course they did. Has it left a big dent on their careers? No! Sometimes, it just isn’t your day. Your body isn’t ready for the demands you’re placing on it, or your training hasn’t been effective enough. Lots of people quit in the middle of a marathon, and they come back stronger next time. There’s no shame in quitting.