If you are one of the thousands of people who watched in awe at the thousands of “normal” everyday people pounding the streets of London today and reckon you have got what it takes, its never too early to start your training.
The inspirational sight of seeing the mass of charity runners taking part in the final Flora London Marathon (before Virgin take over the reigns next year) always provokes widespread interest in taking on the 26.2 mile course and gets people thinking – “you know what, i reckon i could do that!”
Well – why not prove it!
Entering a marathon could not be easier. All you need to do is contact a Charity you feel strongly about and register your interest in running a marathon for them. Although you are not guaranteed to get a place, if you register your interest early enough you are more likely than not to be welcomed with open arms and given a place – on the condition that you can raise at least £1500 for that charity.
For a list of some fantastic charities to run for, click here and take your pick.
Then all thats left to do, is get yourself to the start line next April and run 26.2 miles!
Starting training early is something very few marathon entrants do, yet i cannot stress the importance of beginning gentle training runs as soon as you can – and what better time than Spring? Its light, still cool enough to stop you from over heating and in my view the best time of the year to run.
So if you’re new to ro running, get kitted up and take to the streets. You don’t have to run fast, far or even that regularly, just set out on a walk / jog for 20 mins or so and ease yourself in to the running mindset. You will be amazed at just how quickly you not only begin to thoroughly enjoy the exercise and the feelig of running but also at how quickly you will be able to run further and further as your fitness improves.
There are plently of sites you can search for to give you runinng tips and advice on how to take on your first marathon but luckily for you fitFAQS is the perfect place for both.
To download the increasingly popular fitFAQS running guides, click here and choose a training plan that suits you. If you are a novice, i’d suggest you download the 10km guide first, then as you get fitter download the half marathon and then marathon guides to really tax yourself and elevate your running fitness to even greater heights.
To really get to grips with how to prepare your body to tolerate the demands of a 13.1 or 26.2 mile run i would strongly suggest that you buy my book “The Marathon and Half marathon: A Training Guide.”
Now in reprint, the book tells you everything you need to know about enduarnce running and takes you from your very first tentative step to the jubilation of crossing the finishing line.
So what are you waiting for?
If you have any tips or you would like to recommend any charities that fitFAQS visitors should run for, let us know by leaving a comment below.