Marathon Running and How I Got Into It
Completing My First Marathon
When I first decided that I wanted to run a marathon, I really didn't have any idea just how tough it was going to be. I was an avid runner and had already done a couple half marathons so i thought it wouldn't be too hard to go the next step.
Luckily, I started training four months prior to the the date of the marathon I chose to run. Any less time would not have been enough for me because I had to take almost two weeks off when I strained a muscle which set me way back. If you're working towards your first marathon, add in a few extra weeks (yes weeks!) to allow for injury. You shouldn't run through injuries, especially during long distance training which is very taxing for your body.
Three or four weeks into my training, I began to get bored with my routine and I felt like I had hit a wall. That's when a friend gave me Marathon: You can Do It! by Jeff Galloway. This book offers a lot of advice on how to train. There are lots of different exercises that galloway introduces to help with distance and time that I would have never thought of on my own. I got onto a really good schedule using his book.
When it came time for race day, I felt fairly prepared. The marathon was no easy feat, and I could have used another two or three weeks to get to where I really needed to be. I wished I started using some Galloway's methods earlier. I ran for 23 of the 26.2 miles and finished strong. It was by far the hardest thing I've ever forced myself to do! After you run your first marathon, you'll have a new respect for the capabilities of the human body.