Can you commit to a marathon?

Training for a marathon puts huge pressure on your body, mind and time. Consider the four questions below to see if you're ready.


by Sam Murphy
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Are you accustomed to running at least three days a week?

Suddenly stepping up from one or two sessions a week – or none – to four in week one of your training plan is a bad idea, risking pain or injury. ‘Three runs a week is typically the minimum you’ll need to commit to,’ says Mara Yamauchi, former Olympic marathoner and a qualified coach.

Is your family onside?

For four months your focus will be on marathon training. You’ll need to prioritise runs over lie-ins and family strolls, weekend breaks and late nights. ‘Accept that your life will change during this time,’ says Yamauchi. It will be much easier if your partner, family and significant others will be supportive rather than resentful.

Are you injury-free?

Think carefully about beginning marathon training if you have a niggle. ‘For those who are having treatment and seeing improvement, a sensible build up could be okay, providing you are willing to cross-train where necessary,’ says physio Alison Rose. ‘But never ignore existing niggles. The priority should be to sort them out.’

Is your diary clear?

You’ll need to give yourself a clear run for the next four months. So don’t sign up for a marathon for which the training is going to clash with other major commitments, such as your wedding or going on safari for a fortnight just when you should be doing your longest runs. Remember, there will be other marathons.


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Very good post and totally agree that if you answer no to any of these four, then you're not ready to take not the challenge of training for a marathon quite yet.

If I had to add a 5th question, it would simple be "Do you truly have the desire to train for a marathon?"

Wet, cold and windy night time training runs can take their toll and unless you truly have the desire to take on a marathon, it's easy to let the winter training get the better of you.

Desire is key! If you really want it - you'll do it!


http://www.ghtraining.co.uk/blog/2015/12/the-3-golden-rules-for-a-successful-half-or-full-marathon


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:22

Very good post and totally agree that if you answer no to any of these four, then you're not ready to take not the challenge of training for a marathon quite yet.

If I had to add a 5th question, it would simple be "Do you truly have the desire to train for a marathon?"

Wet, cold and windy night time training runs can take their toll and unless you truly have the desire to take on a marathon, it's easy to let the winter training get the better of you.

Desire is key! If you really want it - you'll do it!


http://www.ghtraining.co.uk/blog/2015/12/the-3-golden-rules-for-a-successful-half-or-full-marathon


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:22

I'm currently training for my third marathon and for all three I would answer yes for 1, no for 3 & 4, and with respect to 2 I don't believe you have to forgo all family and social obligations. Just watch less TV.
Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:16

Same as Lou. My diary isn't clear, I've planned my schedule so that recovery weeks fall on the few weekends that I have trips away. Instead of clearing my diary and refusing to do things I just plan around and for it.

I think it's important to have your family in as opposed out, but like above, I'm training around kids parties and rugby training etc. Marathon training for me is only about two hours a week more training than routine training.
Posted: 25/01/2016 at 22:18

the second one is total crap.....its only a marathon.5 runs a week..most of them only an hour or two apart from the long one.......

doesnt take much to fit those in.....as above..a bit less time tv or computers or computer games.....

 and yes life can get in the way with unexpected weekends away or work commitments....just be flexible....

 

 So GH training..you havent impressed me that I should even look at your blog if you think that its difficult to fit in a marathon around a family


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 13:00

seren nos wrote (see)

 So GH training..you havent impressed me that I should even look at your blog if you think that its difficult to fit in a marathon around a family


Well, he obviously needs people to think so, as a spammer just trying to hawk books. He can then sell you the solution, praise be.

New user, every single post hastily whipped-up in order to promote an external website. I'm a bit surprised that the account hasn't been burned and salted yet

(..though I think the wombles have killed some, bless 'em.)

 

http://www.spam.com/upload/varieties-images/spam_classic.png

 


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:02

I sometimes read the spam sites to see what they are like. This one was claiming that if there is a session on your schedule that you don't like, that means the schedule does not meet your needs so you shouldn't bother doing it. I am planning to use that argument on my coach.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:42

This particular one is a doozy, agreed. My favourite bit was:

"A sought after presenter, Graeme’s highly informative yet light hearted style, has attracted interest from major Charities and Cooperation’s"

(sic, sic and thrice sic)

 


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:43

I like that approach literain...I dont want any sessions in the rain  

 

 I agree with a post beofre that a coach should always be able to explain the reason for a session.....but to only plan sessions you like....thats a different matter  

 


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:44

My coach always asks for feedback on whether we liked the session or not, but this doesn't seem to be so he can stop doing the ones we don't like.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:58

This GH training person us the same individual putting the 'updates' together for the charity for whom I'm running VLM. Each weekly nugget is pages of self promotion, with insignificant real advice with regards strengthening, nutrition, or anything of real use to the runner.
I sincerely hope he is not charging the Charity for his 'insight', and I'll be providing quite detailed feedback to them.
Posted: 26/01/2016 at 15:34

Wow, quite a reaction to my post which was simply agreeing with the blog post and trying to offer some more advice to based on my many years of experience in helping people train for marathons.
I sincerely apologise if this was viewed as spam.
Zouse, I'm sorry you feel every week is a nugget of self promotion. This is not my aim, but simply there to give credibility to the content. I'm sorry you feel that way. All feedback is greatly appreciated, so please do let me know what you think needs changing and i'll make improvements for next year,

It's quite amazing how aggressive and personal some of these comments are. I make no money from my blog and felt it appropriate to put a link in to compliment  the article. If this was seen as plugging or spamming, i apologise.
I thought these blogs and forums were designed to help fellow runners? I'll think twice before posting again.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:15

forums and blogs are two separate things....

 your blogs are personal and are there to promote your fitness business

If you post your comments here it looks like you are trying to help runners.

 If you post links to your blogs it looks like you are just posting to get free advertisement for your blog and therefore your business.

 

 and if you post a link to your blog then you should expect comments about it..


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:19

I'm more than happy to provide constructive feedback for each of the updates you have provided. I read them all cos I want to learn....


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:24

Seren - i appreciate that it may have looked like my blog link was there for self promotion but it was inserted simply to back up the original post. 
I guess that forums/blogs such as this have a fair share of genuine spammers and in this instance, it appears that i was presumed to be one of them. I again apologise. 
It's shame that well intentioned advice was automatically assumed to be spam once i posted a link (albeit appropriate) so in future, i'll avoid any mention of my own blog/book/article etc. My own naivety i guess, so i apologise for giving you the wrong impression of my intentions.

Zouse - Please do give me feedback. I have only ever received very positive feedback from happy runners and Charities who have followed them over the years and negative feedback is actually what is required to improve them.
Writing training advice for a range of abilities is very difficult, so what you may find irrelevant / obvious / useless - others may not. I very much welcome your feedback. Please feel free to email me directly.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:56

GH Training wrote (see)

Seren - i appreciate that it may have looked like my blog link was there for self promotion

You think? From someone registering in the name of a company, using its logo as an avatar, and posting links to its website? Surely not.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 19:00

 

GH Training wrote (see)

Zouse, I'm sorry you feel every week is a nugget of self promotion. This is not my aim, but simply there to give credibility to the content. I'm sorry you feel that way. All feedback is greatly appreciated, so please do let me know what you think needs changing and i'll make improvements for next year,

You can not give credibility by citing your own work or products. "Do this because I told you so" only works with your own kids - and only up to a certain age - before they starting demanding evidence or peer review.

For future reference, the Oxford Dictionary's definition of 'spam' is: "Irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc."

How much money do you make from charities, out of interest?


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 19:17

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