Tackling the immense task of running a marathon is an understandably daunting notion. There are so many things to consider, so instead of compiling a list of things you should know or things you should have, we’ve come up with a list of questions you should ask yourself before you run that beast of a race.
Are you mentally ready? One thing that people underestimate again and again is the level of mental dedication you need to train and race for that marathon. It’s more intense than some people can handle, so make sure you are prepared in mind as well as body.
Have you ever run a half-marathon? The experience of training and running a full marathon is quite different than a half marathon, and experienced runners suggest trying the latter first before you fully commit.
Do you enjoy running? Another big question that many don’t consider. Why put yourself through the stress and immense physical preparation if you don’t enjoy the sport in the first place?
Are you ready to sacrifice your social life? If you’ve begun training, you’ll understand this one already. Your running group becomes your social life and human interaction outside of work and home. The huge distances required to train and dietary restrictions make going out a nearly impossible feat.
Do you want this? A marathon is a massive commitment. If you find your thoughts wandering to “I’d rather be doing ______” or “I wish I was _______”, you may not be ready for a marathon, or it might just not be for you. And there is no shame in admitting that - always do what is best for you and your loved ones! We support healthy and happy people and families.