Next year I will turn 42. So I am thinking that it would be the best year to run a full marathon. Do a 42km at 42 years old? Great, right? Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? NO! Doable? Yes. But before I could do it I need to thoroughly prepare for this big event. What marathon to run–Condura, Run United, Dream Marathon? Will it be a trail or a road run? I have done 21km races, six to be exact; I’ve also run a 25km so I think I can definitely do a 42. It’s not really a question of whether I will be able to do it but when. And I’m now toying with the idea that it has to be next year. A perfect way to celebrate my 42nd year of existence. Haha!
Ok so what preparations do I need? Physical preparations. It’s a must to run at least three times a week, make weekend long runs with additional mileage each week so that 26.2 miles won’t be a surprise. Do combinations of slow and fast runs. Do hill training. Do trail running. Engage in plyometrics, core exercises, weightlifting. Join races with distances beyond 21kms to test my endurance and stamina.
Mental preparations. Think and anticipate the race. It’s a marathon. 42 kilometers. Truly, not an easy run. Imagine starting slow but finishing strong. Time won’t be a problem, as long as I meet the cut off. But I don’t want to be the last person to finish. Ok, no big deal to be the last as long as I don’t get to be swept by race organizers because I didn’t meet the cut off time. After the race, will definitely feel pain but if I’m physically prepared, pain will be tolerable and will be able to function and work the next day. No absence from work on a Monday. (I wish there’s a birthday leave, though.)
Will I run alone or with someone? If I’m doing it alone, it’s ok, I’m used to being by myself anyway. If I have someone, who will it be? We need to train together and go through all the preps needed for the big day. We have to consider our pace, strategies we need to employ come race day.
Five months before 2016. Is this an ample time to be ready for a marathon? I need to start looking for a plan and start working on it. I need to read on experiences of first time marathoners. What to do with pesky blisters and black toenails every time I do long runs? Is there a hydration and eating (if any) plan I need to include in my training?
A marathon is really a serious life goal, at least to me. Imagine being called a marathoner, finally. It’s a dream I need to fulfil soon. Hopefully, it happens next year.