Monday, October 16, 2006

It Takes More Than Just Shoes For Proper Marathon Training

Hey everyone. .. This is a basic article, but it has some very good points that I very much agree with about training for a marathon (Eating right during marathon training. I.E. cutting out the caffine, smoking, etc.)

By Morgan Hamilton

If you are planning to start marathon training you should know that it is quite a bit harder than the actual marathon. In a real marathon, you run and after you finish you can enjoy a half year or even a year off. During that time the memories of the agony you've felt are fading away and one day when you've forgotten it you decide to go for it again. On the other hand, marathon training is much worse as you cannot take such long breaks. Actually you should run the allotted miles every single day and you should try to increase them every week, completely exhausting your body.

If you are serious about preparing yourself for a marathon, you will have to get up early in the morning and start running before you've even had the chance to drink your morning coffee. Actually, you should forget about drinking coffee if you are marathon training. For breakfast you are allowed to have orange juice, milk or plain water. In case you are seriously considering a marathon, then you should start jogging around the track for two hours early in the morning. Thus, you will need to change your diet if you want to succeed.

If preparing for the big race you should forget about sugar as well. You will not be allowed to have soda, candies and everything worth eating, either. If you are in marathon training you will need proteins and will start counting the grams of fat you consume. You will have to do many sacrifices, for example ordering a wheat grass shake at Starbucks than having your favourite latte. Let me be honest with you, marathon training completely changes your outlook on the world.

However, there are also some great things about marathon training. If you are serious with it, you will get into excellent shape. Of course, this won't happen if you are cheating with a box of chocolates under your bed. Everyone wants to have more energy. You can get that by marathon training. Apart from that, running around increases your lung capacity unless you are a smoker. Did I forget to mention you should give up smoking if you are serious with marathon?

If you have never trained marathon before, you might consider hiring a pro to give you a hand. However, you can also do it yourself. Hiring a trainer is quite an expensive thing but it is worth the money if you want to achieve something more than just crossing the finish line of the marathon race. Generally speaking professional marathon training will properly prepare you for the big day and to have someone to push you and hold you accountable is very useful in certain situations. For example, it would be easier for you to get up early in the morning if you know your trainer will be at the track waiting for you to show up.

As far as money matters are concerned, it is best to do it yourself in order to cut the costs. Maybe you can find a good friend of yours who will hold you accountable. This might be a valuable idea unless you are both too lazy. Just imagine you both don't show up at the track and miss training, would that do you any good? I suppose not. Of course, in case you both need motivation you can try to push each other but this doesn't work all the time.

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