So you have hit 40 and are ready to start marathon training. Even if you haven’t run since you were a kid, you can start training. But, remember it isn’t easy. Of course, your body isn’t the same as when you were a teenager.
Although you’re ready to be in better shape, training is going to require time and patience. Let’s begin!
If you want to try and compete in a race, take baby steps. First, take a brisk walk. And, then work your way into a series of exercise and short runs.
In the same way, it is important to incorporate cardiovascular exercise into your program. Hence, aerobics, biking, swimming and walking are good options.
As you begin training, one of the first things you may want to do is run on a treadmill. By running on a treadmill, you can adjust the time and speed. Also, you can determine how long you are able to run comfortably. By building up speed and endurance, you can gradually advance to the next level of your training regime.
Marathon Training – Stepping it Up
As you work your way up in time on a treadmill, you can graduate to running outside. So, now you are comfortable with your speed and endurance level.
You’re ready to advance to the next level. Next, you want to find a flat surface to run on. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor track, you will be building stamina and becoming more comfortable.
Once you have mastered this step, it is time to find a ground that has irregularities. By training on uneven surfaces, you will be better prepared to run competitively.
In the same way, it is important to prepare your mind as you gear up for your first race. Remember, even a mile is a long way to go for someone who has never run in a race before.
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