Starting something new can be a very scary endeavor sometimes. Running is definitely one of those activities that can be intimidating if you have never really attempted it before. For most people, running is a stress relief, it’s a way to be fit and exercise while clearing your head. It’s a way to be one with nature and that is what it’s all about.
Twenty-somethings who are new to running shouldn’t feel pressed by the high pedestal society seems to put running on. It’s a very hard fitness activity, but, at the same time, everyone can do it. If you’ve ever wanted to run a marathon, it is definitely possible with hard work and dedication. There is a quote from running legend Dr. George Sheehan that says, “The truth is that every runner in a marathon is a survivor or nothing, including the winner.”
To begin training, you need to start slowly, especially if your body isn’t used to that level of activity. Below are some tips on getting started.
1) Make sure you have the right equipment. This includes runners (sneakers), clothing, water bottles, music, etc. All of these things can be big factors on how you run as well as how you feel. You should be very comfortable in what you are wearing while you are running.
2) Set out your routes. In your neighborhood, plan out where you would like to run and the distance you would like to go. Start out small with say half a mile on your first run. Then every week, increase your runs by half miles. Especially if you have a lot of time before the marathon. The more time you train the better.
3) Take lots of rest. This means you can’t push your body too hard. You should be take days off to let your body recover and heal. It is a straining activity on your body and it needs a chance to become stronger.
4) Get a running buddy. It always helps to run with someone else, especially if there are at the same training level as you are. It keeps you motivated and keeps you focused.
5) Set out time to train. This is important if you are going to stick to your training program and make time in your day for it. If you are too busy, you will find excuses to not go. Make sure that doesn’t happen by scheduling you runs into your day.
Preparing for a marathon, after all, is no easy thing. It is a big, big time commitment, and for most it demands vast amounts of energy; physical, mental and emotional. The pay-off, of course, is equally huge. It will all be worth it in the end and you will see the benefits that other marathoners talk about. Enhanced strength, confidence, and stoicism are the treasures reaped by all marathon athletes, whatever their ability.
So, if you think you can’t run a marathon – well you can. It just takes some time and dedication. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that you completed what you set your mind too, and as a twenty-something, that’s the best feeling in the world.