Attorney Douglas Borthwick, General Counsel and Corporate Counsel for LumpSumIn Relocation Incorporated, enjoys running marathons in his spare time. Borthwick indicates that a number of factors can determine if an individual is ready to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles.
1. Perform an honest self-assessment to ensure you are truly committed to the rigors of marathon training. If you are extremely busy with other activities or have a lot of stress in your life, consider setting your sights on a half-marathon instead. If you find that training becomes a chore and provides no enjoyment, marathon running probably is not right for you.
2. Marathon participants should have extensive experience running longer distances. At minimum, aspiring marathoners should run roughly six hours per week, including three runs of four to eight miles during the week and an extended run on weekends. Gradually increase the distance of your runs until about three weeks prior to the event.
3. Make sure you get adequate rest to allow your body to recuperate. Avoid training the day after an extended run whenever possible.