How To Train For A Marathon

Original content by The Fitness Doc | Posted Aug 18, 2011 in Physical Fitness Advice

Marathons are considered to be the toughest challenge, thrown at human body. Whether one is tempted to participate in order to satisfy the internal competitor, or lend a helping hand to society through raising charity; marathon and marathon preparation needs undivided attention. In the enthusiasm of competition, people tend to overlook the dedication, discipline and commitment, this sport demands.

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Training for a Marathon Advice

People think that marathons are just six miles of friendly walk, or sprint. They miss the point that when it comes to competition, our body is inclined to have a mind of its own. Our inborn instincts take control of our body, when we over exert our muscles, cross our natural boundaries and inflict injuries upon ourselves. The only possible way of holding the fort of our instincts is proper training, replicating the competition environment. Here are some key factors to train for a marathon.

Start with the basics

To train accurately, you have to invest proper time in building your core strength and stamina. 18 to 20 weeks are, in no way, enough for a person who has never jogged before. For absolute beginners, at least 1 to 1.5 years, with exercising, jogging and walking, are required.

Selecting the right tools

In marathon, your shoes and suit are the tools that will help you to compete. Many things dictate the type of shoes, like the structure of your foot, and the part that lands first during your walk or jog. According to these, you have to opt for the right shoes. As far as attire is concerned, you should steer clear of cotton, as it will soak all sweat, adding weight; instead go for, specially formed, wicking shirts and shorts.

Practice, practice and even more practice

Guessed right! Experts believe that once you are able to cover 2 to 3 miles, half length of marathon, you should try to cover the whole length, at least, once in a week. Cover shorter distances in the remaining 5 days; repeating this cycle, little by little shedding time and increasing comfort level as your stamina improves. Listening to your body is very important in any sport. Mind may tell us to push forward, but if the body is not responding well, we should give preference to what our body is screaming for.

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