6 considerations to prepare for your first marathon

There’s no two ways about it: marathon running is tough on your body. Completing the full 26.2 miles takes runners a global average of 4-5 hours, and requires an incredible amount of endurance and determination.

Before signing up for a challenging physical endurance event like a marathon, it’s important to take your health and safety into consideration. Running for multiple hours is likely to exacerbate existing injuries or health conditions (particularly those of the heart and lungs). So, it’s worth getting a health check-up with your GP to make sure you’re fit to take part.

Plus, as disappointing as it would be, it’s important not to run the race if you’ve been feeling under the weather prior to the event – as studies have found clear risk factors for injury in runners who had been unwell or taking certain medications before the marathon day. It’s also important for women going through perimenopause to make some health considerations and to speak to a doctor before beginning training.

Aside from existing health conditions or injuries, the main challenge of any endurance exercise is that the body will eventually run out of fuel. Marathon runners call this ‘hitting the wall’, because once the body starts burning its own fat stores or isn’t sufficiently hydrated, you can start to experience feelings of fatigue and nausea.

Hitting the wall can put you at increased risk of injury, but it’s also guaranteed to be a significant mental obstacle to overcome. Though, many people enjoy the mental challenge and see it as a way to exercise their mental discipline and willpower – and to gain a new perspective.

It’s worth having a read of this article from Verywell Fit to find out more about some of the other challenges of marathon running that people encounter along their journey.

However, if you’re interested in running a marathon, then you’ll probably have a good idea how tough they can be – as this is often part of the appeal. It’s not uncommon for people to get addicted to running marathons, and to return year after year to try and beat their previous time. Plus, there’s no denying the incredible fitness benefits you’ll get from training your body to endure such a long run.

Many people also enjoy the lifestyle that comes with preparing for a marathon; as it can motivate them to train regularly, and eat well – which we’ll cover in more detail below.

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