It’s been nearly 2 weeks since Valentine’s Day, but I am still feeling the soreness and pain. No, I’m not referring to heart break and being alone on Singles Awareness Day. I’m referring to the fact that I ran the Los Angeles Marathon without any type of training. Though I am in considerably good shape, going full beast mode was not the best thing. My body aches and creeks, ten days later. Find out more why training, no matter how fit you are, can benefit you in any circumstance.
Getting Past the Arrogance
Marathon training or even half marathon training seems pointless and repetitive, especially if you’ve got abs or a cardiovascular capacity of Richard Simmons. 26.2 miles is a long distance, but not everybody is an elite runner. Most people run the marathon as a lifegoal or a social activity. Because of this casualness, you will see a wide spectrum of runners – folks with less than five percent body fat, and those with twenty percent body fat. Most people don’t run a fast time. In fact, the road closures gives a runner the ability to run at a pace of fifteen minutes a mile before you get hauled off the road.
Pace Is Everything
What does a fifteen minute mile mean? The average walking pace of a person for a mile is twenty minutes. So theoretically, one could jog/walk the marathon and finish. Most people can run a mile in under fifteen minutes. Now if one were to obtain a competitive time, then that is an entirely different story. So you may ask what the problem is, given that I am a healthy and athletic adult male?
In Hindsight ...
There is nothing in the world that prepared me for the amount of soreness I am experiencing from pounding the pavement. By training for the marathon, I would have built up the endurance needed in my joints, muscles, and ligaments I would encounter from running for several hours. Long gone are the days where exercising without a proper warm up would not be problematic. So how would I do things differently?
I would start training for the marathon several months in advance, with some kind of a marathon training plan. Generally, I would run a few times a week, and gradually build up the distance. I would pay careful attention to how my body feels, and taper down the distance throughout the process. You basically don’t want to run twenty miles several months prior to the marathon. Your target goal would be something around that range the week prior to the marathon. I would also keep in mind the amount of miles ran per week, as it will minimize the wear and tear on my body. There are various training regimen for running the marathon, but the one listed above makes the most sense to me. All the while, pay attention to stretching and consuming proper nutrition.
In Hindsight ...
If I were to run a marathon again, I would train. I don’t mean to brag that I ran a marathon without any training, because it is a feat worth being proud of. I would just do it differently, so I won’t be so banged up and injured. For anyone thinking about running or doing the marathon, consult a medical professional prior to beginning any training regimen. With that said, go out there and achieve something awesome.
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