Before you prepare to sign up for a marathon, you should consider why you want to do it in the first place. Is it because you want to be physically active, or you want to attain your personal record time? The diagram below shows some of the goals runners at various levels aim for, but there are other goals you can set for yourself. Photo Credit. Ben Ko.
"What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?" -13-year-old Steve Prefontaine, before becoming a runner.
Step 1: Setting your goal
4.Runners who have completed one or more previous marathons. They have a finishing time goal.
3.Runners who want to qualify for certain races with strict qualifying time standards such as Boston and NYC marathons.
2.Runners who belong to a local competitive running club: they regularly participate in races. Their goals are to achieve a certain time goal and finish very high within their age or gender categories. They sometime win awards and free entry for future races.
1.Professional runners, runners with shoe sponsors, Olympic trial qualifiers: their goal is to finish on the podium and earn money for either the finish time or the placement in the race.
Make sure your goal is challenging, but attainable.