If you are a person who is interested and involved in fitness and all kinds of physical activities, then you definitely have thought about entering a marathon. Now is the time to actually do it and we are here to give you that extra motivation because we know that you have it in you. Entering a marathon for the first time can be challenging and a little bit scary because you don’t have an idea of what to expect.
However, there is no need to worry about anything because this will be one of the greatest races that you will even compete in. Many people enter the marathon to win, but there are also a lot of those who are there just to finish it and they don’t care about the position. Therefore, even if you are not in the best shape of your life, you don’t need to worry because you can take it easy, especially the first time. In this article, you will find various reasons why we think that you and your friends should enter a marathon.
Getting a Proper Exercise
If that isn’t enough for you to enter a marathon, then maybe the fact that you will be getting a very good exercise is. Of course, this also depends on what type of race you are doing. Going for a run or even a walk that is long, out in the fresh air is one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body.
Meeting New People with Similar Interests
For many people, this is a great opportunity to meet new people who have the same or similar interests. There will be hundreds if not thousands of people who are competing, depending on the marathon that you entered, and we are sure that you will meet a nice person which can be the beginning of a great friendship. People who never been to a marathon think this is just a serious race and there is no time for talking, but if you are not looking for the win, you can take it easy and interact with other people and have a great time.
There are a lot of people who make the mistake of entering a marathon race for the first time without any preparation what so ever and most of them end up quitting halfway through the race. If you don’t want to make that mistake and end up looking like a loser in front of all those other people, then you better stay here and read this article because we are going to share some very helpful tips. These tips are designed to help people actually finish a marathon by doing various preparations.
Choosing the Right Outfit/Shoes
A rookie mistake that is responsible for more than half of the quitters is the poor choice of outfit and shoes. You simply cannot enter a marathon and go running in the outfit that you wear on work. You need to have shorts or some type of running pants that will not slow you down and allow you to move your legs freely. Also, a more important thing to change is your shoes because running long distances in your everyday shoes isn’t the best idea. You must buy a pair of running shoes before a marathon because they are far more comfortable, and they are very light which can help you on these long distances.
Just because you are about to go for a long run and you will be warming up your entire body, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to warm up before the race. If you start running with all of your muscles relaxed and not warmed up, then you will be making things much harder for yourself because you won’t be able to endure the entire race. What is scarier is that you can get injured if not warmed up properly. These warmup exercises don’t take a long time and they won’t make you exhausted before the race, so you don’t have to worry about that. All it takes is 5-10 minutes and you will perform much better and you will actually be able to finish the race. If you follow these simple tips, you won’t have a problem with keeping up with some more experienced runners.
If you are not the fittest person, but you want to become a very healthy person, then you have to start by getting your body in shape. This is possible with a lot of exercises and a good diet plan. It is not only about lifting weights at the gym, what we are talking about is some cardio that will push your body to the limit and you will gain a lot of endurance. People who want to enter marathons for the first time are mostly not in the right shape and they don’t have the endurance to finish it. This leads to a lot of people quitting the marathon halfway because they are simply too exhausted, and their body isn’t capable of going any further. Well, if you want to avoid this to happen, you came to the right place because we have the answer for you.
Do a Lot of Cardio
What we suggest that you do in order to gain the endurance that is required for a marathon is to do a lot of cardio exercises. Luckily for you, this doesn’t require any weights, therefore you don’t have to go to a gym. What you can do to start off is simply going for a run around your neighborhood. Don’t have any goals for the first few times because you don’t know how far or long you can run. Make sure to monitor the distance or the time that you been running and slowly start increasing the distance each time you go out for a run. After just a month you will see great results in the improvement of your endurance which is exactly what you need to finish a marathon race.
By eating healthy, you are not only saving your health, but you are also able to increase your endurance. If you don’t believe us, then try it out, go for a run after some fast food and then compare it with a run after a salad or something light. You can feel much more confident and ready for a run if you had a healthy meal before.