As Nancy already stated, I like to hear that someone has a full year of running before attempting the marathon distance. In the meantime, try out a couple more half marthons if you enjoy that distance. There are also 30k races which might bridge the gap, but they are few and far between.
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Of the races you have finished - did you like 1 distance over the others. Why not try another one of your favorite distances or perhaps find a race at one of those distances that support a cause you believe in. You don't have to keep increasing your distances.
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The consensus seems to be that you should have a 'solid' year of running under your belt before you consider taking on the marathon distance. The biggest factor being that you need this time to develop your energy systems and musculo-skeletal system to run a distance of this duration.
I am a firm believer that one of the biggest factors injuries happen is because people do not allow time for their body to adapt to running so that overuse becomes such a big issue.
You must ask yourself, "Is my goal to be a life-long runner or a once-in-a-time runner plagued with injury?"
Ok this might seem like a stupid question but I'm curious for those out there how you decided you were ready to try to train for a marathon?
I am a new runner (of the slow variety). I did my first 5K in July, my first 10K in August, and recently finished my first half-marathon last week. So far all of my training has been for a new distance and it's been incredible that I've accomplished all three.
I'm trying to find what my next "race" is to just set a new goal for myself. When I have a goal in mind I know I keep things tighter during the weekends.
Right now the thought of doing a 5K or 10K just isn't doing it for me as I'm really not motivated by improving my time per se.
So I'm curious when do you "know" if training for a marathon is the way to go?
I'm open to any and all suggestions. Don't get me wrong the HM was tough but I was able to run (again my slow version no speed setter here) the entire HM. I felt great afterwards and haven't struggled this week with my legs or anything.
Do I start looking? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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