Quick Tip–Deciding When to Run Your First Marathon

For runners that have never gone 26.2 miles before, making the decision to run your first marathon can be difficult.

So how do you know when the time to take the plunge is right?

Deciding to Run Your First Marathon is Tough!

Deciding to Run Your First Marathon is Tough!

How to Decide When to Run Your First Marathon

First and foremost, you have to want to run 26.2 miles.

But as important as wanting to run your first marathon is being willing to commit to the training that is required to finish a marathon.

And, in my opinion at least, the training is the hardest part.

Some things to consider to help you determine if you’re ready to commit to the training:

  • No major “events” for the 4 months leading up to the race.
  • Your schedule is pretty consistent, to allow for a consistent training routine
  • You can motivate yourself to do the training if you’ll be training alone

If all of those factors are in your favor, then it’s up to you to decide because there is no way for anyone else to tell you when you’re ready.

You’ll know it when you’re ready, and when you are, go for it!

On the podcast episode of today’s quick tip, I cover a few other things about deciding to run your first marathon, why you probably shouldn’t do what I did for marathon number one, and some ideas for ways to make sure to train appropriately for the big race!

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If you’d like some help getting ready for a race, whether it’s your first attempt at 26.2 or you’re a veteran, let’s talk! Leave a comment below, or shoot me an email at dizruns {at} gmail [dot] com.

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