How to go from casual runner to marathon runner?
The short answer would be run more! Casual mean you just running when you feel like it are 2 to 3 days a week. To become a marathon runner you have to increase your miles per week and have a system.
Casual runners just run for fitness are to feel good but have no system. This is like the person that goes to the gym run on the treadmill and then lift some weights and come back next week.
This person have no system at all and really is the reason that most people have a hard time lose weight, getting fit. The marathon runner has a system to follow. This is call a training plan means every run and workout has a purpose. We are not just running to be running.
The first step would be to find a marathon training program and follow that system. This can be a free one are a pay training plan that fits your lifestyle and fitness level. The marathon is a hard race even for well train runners so to try to run a marathon without a training plan is not a good idea.
If the casual runner is ready to run 25 to 35 miles a week then they may be ready for a marathon. Let’s not deceived ourselves if you can’t run 20 plus miles a week you not ready to run a marathon. I would tell this runner to try shorter races like 5k 10k.
Respect the marathon if you don’t then this race will eat you alive not a distance to play with. The runner must be dedicate to a training plan and running more miles per week to go from casual to marathon runner.
Paavo Nurmi, who won 9 Olympic goals at distances once say this
“All that I am, I am because of my mind. ” Most training books/plans
start with how many miles you need to run per week and how many
days to be a good marathon runner. All great marathon runners
must train their mind first before any training plan. I believe it’s three ways of doing this.
1.) Discipline – Is not looking for shortcuts. Most people in life looks for ways to beat the system. They are not willing to put in the work. This is why most people don’t run marathons. It take self discipline to get out of your house and train in the cold are heat. The phase is self-discipline. This is difference from disciples that is force upon you. Most people get up and go to work 5 days a week this is discipline but force upon. True discipline is self- discipline you make up your mind to do something no matter what stands in the way.
2.) Just be mental tough- People always ask how do become more mental strong? I love the answer Jocko Willink (Navy Seal) give in his book Discipline Equals freedom. Just become mental tough. I believe what he was saying there is no magic to this just become mental tough. Just decide you going to be tough. For example in a race when you hit the wall and feel like give up just it tough say no way!!! Fight harder run harder shout come on!!!!
3.) Experience- One of the best ways to develop a stronger mind is through experience. I am today is more mental tough in running a marathon then I was six years ago. My first marathon was a disaster my mind was not ready for the long distance and I fail apart both mental and physical. Over the years my mind has became more stronger each time I push myself through the pain. The best way to become more tough is to run more marathons.
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This was my first time being able to register for the boston marathon. As of right now this is very stressful waiting to hear back from the B.A.A in an email to see if you in are not.
The registration pocess was simple and quick for the most part. I had to use a different web browser the google chrome works find. It took me about 10 min to submit my information and for them to give me a ID number for my application.
They will tell you after the last page this is not a acceptance just to confirm you information. The fee cost me $185 and they say would only be charge to my account if I receive a acceptance e-mail.
Waiting for this e-mail is like waiting for test score to come back. This is Monday Stepmember 25, 2017 and I have still not receive a e-mail. I have been checking my e-mail box way to much in the last 5 days.
I have always told myself boston bound are rejected my goal is to crush my 3hrs 8 min PR in 2018. I will run a marathon under 3hrs. This will free me from worrying so much on this date next year.
Yes! It would hurt at first to be rejected after putting in all that hard work but that e-mail will be post mark everyday I train. If I get in the race then it would be my greatest accomplishment up to this date.
I was in a Job interview on Friday and ask the Guy that doing the hiring if I could have some time off to run Boston. I would be new to the Job and not have no vacation time are much time off. He say if you run boston I will make sure you get time off.
I thought wow! this is why boston is so big like the olympics for mortal runner’s like me and my readers! My goal with this blog is to help every boston dreamer run this great race on Marathon Monday in April!
The boston marathon opens it registration up to the fastest runners that BQ before this date last year. My date to register will be on the 18th of September that’s only if the marathon has not filled up at 30,000 runners.
I don’t know if my 3hrs 8min 53 sec will get me into the 2018 boston marathon. based on last year times the time would have been rejected. Boston is all about the fastest time per age groups. There is not a first come you in the race. One year boston turn down over 4,000 runners who BQ.
The best way to explain this is like applying for a Ivy league school having all the text scores and grades and still being rejected. Yes! this sucks but boston will only let 30,000 runners run this this great race every year.
It took me many days of training and years to reach my BQ time. Even last April this was very difficult for me to run that 3hrs and 8min BQ time. I had to sprint that last mile in pain to cross the line with a BQ.
Can I do this again if reject? Yes! My hope is that my BQ will get me in the 2018 boston marathon. If not then the derby festival marathon course is going to pay. In other words I will crush my BQ time next year!
The lesson we can learn in life is this that just because you work hard this does not guarantee that your dreams will come true. Hard work gives you a much better change then somebody who does not work. I think you have to make up your mind if you going to work hard toward thing even if the work may not payoff( dream come true) are you just going to coast and take what life gives you.
I believe when you work hard even if the outcome is not the outcome you want you win! The key to life and running is to never give up but keep running. The hard work is making you stronger in life!