Having an end goal can be a great incentive. If you want to start running, then competing in a marathon could be your dream.
Of course, you can’t go from being a casual runner to taking on 26 miles in a short time. You need a well-planned schedule that allows you to comfortably build up your running time.
Setting a Time Frame for Your Marathon
As a minimum, you should allow six months of consistent running to reach the required level of fitness for a marathon. Some of the more famous marathons, such as London or New York, need to be applied for at least a year in advance, so you need to factor this into your calculations.
Ideally, you should run four to five days every week, gradually increasing your mileage. This does require determination, and you must be prepared to run in every kind of weather.
Don’t Forget Recovery Time
You may be tempted to run every day in the belief that you will reach your goal quicker, but this is not a good idea. You need rest and should allow your legs to recover.
You can undertake other exercises on your days off, but nothing too intensive, perhaps yoga or pilates.
Another idea is to join a running group, as they will help to motivate you and experienced marathon runners will have plenty of advice.
Running a marathon can be a rewarding experience and a worthwhile bucket list activity. Even if it’s a one-off occasion, you could retain a love of running, leading to long term fitness for years to come.