Some days ago, a reader wrote us the following message: “Hi. I have never run before and I have decided to run a marathon in the following six months. Can you help me?”.
After exchanging some messages, our reader confessed that more friends were becoming marathoners and that he did not want to be out of that fashion.
After this conversation, we thought it convenient to write this article to explain the great problem posed by the marathon fever.
THE MARATHON FEVER, THE GREAT PROBLEM
Running a marathon (26.2 miles) poses an intense physical effort apart from exhaustion and muscular damage; it can produce dehydration, loss of electrolytes and exhaustion of glycogen stored in our muscles and the liver.
To support the physical and mental demands, you not only need to train hard and have good nutrition, you also need enough time for a number of essential adaptations occur in your body.
Unfortunately, many people want to become marathoners, even without knowing if they like to run, a quality we consider vital to train for the 26.2 miles.
Trying to become a marathoner overnight (or in 6 months), without having prior experience in running, is not only risky for your health but it is also completely senseless.
Trying to train for a marathon without enjoying running and the “suffering” of hard trainings is an almost perfect recipe for failure and deception.
The current great problem is that many people believe that finishing the 26.2 miles physically destroyed is much more valuable than finishing a 10k in good conditions and with a personal best.
Under no means should this mean that we are against this distance and its popularity, but we think it important to point out the need to take it with the seriousness and responsibility it deserves.
Running a marathon without having the proper physical and mental preparation is risky for your health and not only as regards injuries.
Enjoy short distances, evolve as a runner, and let your body adapt to physical demand and, when you are ready, enjoy your first marathon.
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