One of the many reasons for the growing popularity of the modern marathon is that they are more commonly being used as a means of raising money for charities and worthy causes. Whichever marathon charity you choose, it will have more meaning to you if you select one that is related to someone who you know or have known that has been affected in some way.
Many people do choose a particular charity because they have a friend, relative or loved one who could or would have benefitted in some way by the service that charity supports. Choosing a cause to run for this way this can have the following positive and motivational benefits: -
Making the decision to run for charity may the final kick start for many runners in making them take action by booking a place and starting their marathon training.
During your running preparation for the race, there will be some tough times. If you?ve selected a cause that is close to your heart, you will be able to draw inspiration and motivation from the fact you will be helping others and this will ensure that you don?t give up and keep going.
Running is essentially a lonely, solo sport and whilst many people choose to train with friends or a club, running for a marathon charity also allows you to feel part of a much bigger community.
Many marathons have restrictions on the number of places available to amateur runners and it is often a matter of luck if you will be accepted or not.
Charities are now allocated many places and by applying for a place offered by one of these charities, you are much more likely to gain a place. The terms of your acceptance will be governed by you raising a substantially large certain amount of money.
When you are running for a marathon charity you will have an extra responsibility and this will definitely help you through your down days and tough training sessions. Perhaps the most important aspect of this is that you will gain so much support and encouragement during and after the race that you?ll find it much easier to keep going.
If you are considering whether or not to run your first marathon, you need to learn and understand the basics. Training for a marathon is no longer simply a case of running mile after mile day after day. Modern marathon training techniques have transformed the way you need to approach your running, making it enjoyable, interesting, much quicker and with less risk of suffering from injuries or illness.
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When did you/will you run your first marathon?
I consider myself a beginner runner. I have run on and off since December 2007.
I’m considering — and ONLY considering! — running a full marathon in October 2011. I wonder when others ran, or will run, their first one? What weekly mileage were you putting in BEFORE you began your marathon training, and for how long had you been running consistently? And how did you feel physically during and following your marathon (if you’ve run your first one already)?
I’m a penguin (relatively slow), and am okay with that. I’m not in it for any time goal — just for fun, and to run the entire distance. I ran two half marathons last fall but in retrospect, was undertrained for the first one. I want to be fully trained for my next half (which will probably be in October 2010), and then will consider whether I will run a marathon the following year.
thank you to everyone for your answer!
i really enjoyed reading them. they’re very encouraging to say the least.
What a great question!
First, I began running at age 38, after having shed a lot of weight at a nearby health and fitness center. When the club newsletter asked for my next goal, my answer was to run both my first 10K and 10 mile road races before age 40, and then Boston by age 45.
My early training for running was sort of hit and miss, and as a result my progress was sort of slow and steady (with the emphasis on “slow”). However, I was able to run several 10K races and 2 10-mile races during my first year of running, so the next goal was the marathon.
On November 3, 1991, that first marathon (the Marine Corps Marathon) became a reality. I had put in several months of intense training, during which I had set something like 10 or 12 consecutive PR times, covering most all of the distances(5K, 4 mile, 5 mile, 10K, 10 mile, and half-marathon).
My first week towards the marathon was 30 miles, and I added about 10% to that each week, with a high week of 57 miles, and a Long Run topping out at 18 miles.
The odd thing was that the only book I had read at that time was by former world record holder Derek Clayton, titled “Running to the Top”. It covered how he had come to run marathons, and some of his training techniques. While that was all well and good for Derek Clayton, I had to discard several of his ideas as being impractical for myself. He wanted to set a world record: I wanted to finish my first marathon. Huge difference! (His training techniques resulted in his having had numerous surgical operations on his legs at one time or another, and I did not find that idea apppealing!)
The full story of that first marathon would take up quite a bit of space, and I’m not sure Yahoo Answers would appreciate that very much. However, I learned a lot during that time, and in the 10 marathons I ran following that first MCM.
Perhaps there were two things that took place during that MCM that struck me as odd. Firstly, I had never gone past 18 miles in training, so once I got to that point, with 8.2 miles to go, I was in what we call “virgin territory” after that, and had no idea what to expect. At about 19 miles, my legs and hips felt a bit odd, sort of “heavy”, in a way. But, that passed quickly enough, and by the 20-mile mark I was fine.
And then I waited for “The Wall” to come.
It never came.
Over the final 6.2 miles, I was fine, with some fatigue, but nothing that could truly be classified as “The Wall” as I had come to understand it. When I crossed the Finish Line at the Marine Corps Memorial I felt that I could easily have run another 3-4 miles.
At that point, it was clear to me that I had done everything correctly. My diet that final week was one long carbo-load, done while I was in the tapering-off mode. That allowed my body to absorb more of those complex carbs, and they stayed with me throughout the marathon. Perhaps that, along with all of the other (non-running) training I had done, contributed greatly to the results of that day.
Mind you, I was 42 when I ran that first marathon, an age when most people are starting to think about being “over the hill”. Baloney! You are only “over the hill” if you think you are!
During the week that followed, I spent some time at the health club, and some time in their whirlpool. It was very therapeutic, to say the least, and allowed the muscles to relax. Before that week was out, I was running again, albeit closer to a jogging pace than my normal running stride. Why? Perhaps because of the residual fatigue that had set in. Yes, I chowed down on carbs for the next 2 days after the MCM, and that aided in my recovery. But there was still a lot of fatigue, and that was understandable…and tolerable.
In retrospect, I made a few mistakes along the way, and those were corrected when training for later marathons. One result was that those other marathons were much more enjoyable than they would have been. Some, however, were sheer torture. For example, the 1994 Sugarloaf Marathon, just a month after having run Boston (9 days before my 45th birthday!). We started running at 7AM, with a temperature of about 50 degrees, no clouds inthe sky, and no shade on the course. This was late May, in Maine. By the time I reached the halfway mark, the temperature was about 80 degrees, and much closer to 90 by the time I crossed the finish line. With water stops stationed every 3.5 miles apart (BAD!!!!!!), I hate to say this, but I did more walking during those last 8-10 miles than I care to admit. At least I made it to the end, though, and that’s what counts.
Three days later, I was running again.
Please allow me to pass along something that I wrote the night before the 1991 MCM, when I still had all those doubts and questions. It is still my personal motto to this day:
“You find out what you’re made of when you see what it takes to stop you.”
Just about anyone can go out and finish a 5K. That takes no real talent. With work, a 10K can become a reality. With a lot of work, 10 milers and half-marathons can also become a reality. But you can train to perfection for a marathon, and still fail to finish for a variety of reasons, none of which have anything to do with your ability as a runner.
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