-My friends are doing it -- This, more often than not, turns out bad. Friends get overwhelmed with other things or get injured and then you're alone and thinking "why did I sign up for this?"
-It's on my bucket list -- Marathons take hours upon hours every single week for a minimum of about 5 months to train. This is not a decision to take lightly and just "check" off your to-do list. You really have to have your heart 100% in.
-I ran a half, so it's the next step -- Maybe. It might be. But there's also absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with the half distance for awhile and getting really comfortable in your new mileage. If you are gung-ho and "all in" to push for the full marathon after your first half, then, by all means, go for it! Just make sure you are aware of the dedication it takes. The 26.2 miles is nothing compared to the 20+ weeks of training.
-I want to lose weight -- I hate to share this, but very few people lose weight during marathon training unless they are paying strict attention to their diet. Strenuous training and really long runs will make you a ravenous beast throughout the majority of training, plus your body adapts and starts storing fuel for your runs.
|First Marathon - White Rock 2010|
- Are you willing to dedicate anywhere from 5-10 hours a week for 4-6 months to your training?
- Are you willing to give up late nights in order to get your runs in?
- Are you willing to skip social activities in favor of running?
- Are you willing to give up activities on days your body needs to rest?
- Are you willing to listen to your body and give it the proper nutrition and hydration?
- Are you willing to potentially lose toenails, chafe in mysterious locations, sit in tubs of ice, and go through multiple pairs of good shoes?
|Jen and Me after RnR San Diego 2011|