Two years ago I registered for my first marathon and trained for three months. My finishing time for my first marathon was 3 hours 26 minutes. Actually my target was three hours, most experts think I was a little bit too ambitious but all the same I was satisfied with my time, after all many first time runners would happily take my time. At the moment my personal best is 3 hours 6 minutes set at 2007 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.
Other first time runners have done better than me, at 2007 Philadelphia marathon, Army Capt. Michael Keilty, 30, of Plainview who was running in memory of three fellow troops who died in Iraq crossed the finish line at the 3 hour mark, Incredible achievement at your first marathon and then there is the famous Lance Armstrong at 2006 New York marathon where he ran with splints to finish at a time of 2 hours 59 minutes.
How To Start Your Training: get inspired
If you are reading this post it means you have made the decision to run your first full marathon, congratulations! As I said in my post, five benefits of marathon running, Running is the best form of exercise. If you still need a spark to inspire you, read inspiring stories from runners like you. In training for my first marathon, some mornings I woke feeling zero desire to run but to keep myself inspired I read inspiring stories of fellow runners.
Start with a workout program
Before you start running you need to start on a work out program to build your lung capacity and leg muscles strength. When I started I did not have a work out program but with hindsight a work out program would have helped me avoid the numerous ankle and leg injuries I suffered.
During a marathon your heart beat reaches to 140 beats per minute. Aerobic exercises will help your lungs and heart get used to rapid breathing of marathon running.
We live in an age where we suffer from information overload, some of the advice out there might not work for you, keep experimenting until you find what works for you. If you understand what happens to your body during a full marathon you will be better prepared.
How long should you train for your first marathon
The common wisdom is you should start your marathon training at least six months in advance. The earlier you start the better you need enough time to recover from the inevitable running injuries.
This is a new experience for you so remember to keep learning.
All the best in your running. And remember to tell me how your first marathon goes?