Reverse side of the coin: 5 reasons not to run a marathon

If you decide to join the running movement and suddenly choose a marathon distance for yourself, we recommend that you first read our material. We do not dissuade from participating in the race, but only offer to weigh all the pros and cons. To run or not to run is up to you.

Reverse side of the coin: 5 reasons not to run a marathon

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Preparation for the marathon requires serious energy costs.

Most likely, your training plan will have at least four workouts per week, which means that before each of them you need a good carbohydrate load, and then a protein one. But some athletes may overestimate their need for carbohydrate foods and overeat - especially after training, which, in the end, will lead to a set of extra pounds. This, in turn, will affect the form and results of the runner. If an unexpected weight gain is not scary for you, this item is unlikely to scare you. But if you are worried and depressed because of every extra kilogram, it is hardly worth the marathon.

Reverse side of the coin: 5 reasons not to run a marathon

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Physical activity makes us stronger and healthier - not for nothing that we were told from childhood to do exercises in the morning. But excessive loads and the lack of a full recovery cycle can play a cruel joke - before the start (and when else) the body can not stand it and you can get sick. What to do in this case? Remember about proper recovery (massages, baths, healthy sleep, days of good rest) and nutrition (exclude unhealthy foods and alcohol). But even this may not work: it is worth recognizing that a marathon is a serious burden not only for muscles, but also for the whole organism.

Reverse side of the coin: 5 reasons not to run a marathon

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This can happen to everyone and in preparation for any distance. But in the case of the marathon, the probability increases - the number of trainings and their intensity increases. Lack of rest, excessive workload, improper running technique, unsuccessful training plan drawn up independently, and reassessment of one’s abilities can lead to injury. The last reason is one of the most popular among beginners.

No matter how paradoxical this may sound, a well-known proverb fits perfectly here: go quietly - you will continue.

Reverse side of the coin: 5 reasons not to run a marathon

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Having run one marathon, you most likely want to run the second, third, fifth, twentieth - and so on until the whole wall is covered with medals. The results will delight and upset. Perhaps the latter will happen more often: it will force someone to train better and better, and the other - to feel sad and worried.

And a sad person will constantly think that at first it was necessary to run slower, and in the end, on the contrary, to push. All his time will be spent on parsing errors, enhanced training, equipment selection and visiting clinics. All thoughts will be devoted only to running. This can lead to physical injuries, burnout and / or affect professional and personal life (for the worse, of course). Improving and playing sports is wonderful, but don't let the run completely “absorb” you and become not part of your life, but life itself.

Reverse side of the coin: 5 reasons not to run a marathon

After you run a marathon (we recall that it is 42.2 kilometers), ten and five kilometers can become simply uninteresting and boring distances. Running them is like doing a warm-up before the main workout. But after a long break in running, for example due to an injury, five kilometers can be long (like a marathon) and difficult (like a triathlon). Because of this, self-confidence and self-confidence will fall.

But remember: running five kilometers is better than running zero kilometers.

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