I didn't realize that I wanted to run a marathon until after I ran a few halfs and realized that I needed a bigger challenge.
I am a group leader in my running club and the one thing I tell people who are thinking of running a marathon is that they need to be comfortable running a half and they need to be running for a least one year. They also need to be aware that for 16-18 weeks they will need to be focused and dedicated if they want to sucessfully complete a marathon.
I ran my first marathon two years after I first began running and one year after running half marathons.
Training for a marathon is a big commitment. It's almost like a part time job, especially if you are a slower runner (like me). In the peak of training my long runs can take over 3 hours and my midweek long runs, which I did after work, took over two hours.
I always tell people that training for a marthon will make you better at time management. You will need to figure out how to get your training in, work a full time job, and take care of your family. I always found myself doing two a days at the gym just so I could get my workouts in.
However, if you are serious about this goal you will find a way to make it work. Training for and completing my first marathon was a huge achievement. Completing a marathon has boosted my self esteem and has given me the confidence to take on life's challenges.
Bottom line: if you are serious about completing a marathon I would wait and do a spring one. Spend the summer and fall getting used to running half marathons and getting stronger and in January start training for a spring full. You will be less likely to get injured and be in better shape for the training.
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