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Training for your first marathon by Mind Map: Training for your first marathon
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Training for your first marathon

1. Why you should do it

To get fit

Raise Money and Awareness for a Charity

The Sense of Accomplishment - The marathon is mythical.

Inspire others - Someone on the sidelines is going to start running soon because of seeing you pushing through this distance.

Self-confidence

Travel - it's a good excuse to travel to places you haven't been before

Make new friends

Overcome depression

2. Why you shouldn't do it

You haven't trained enough.

You're not willing to train enough.

Your social life may suffer.

It may hurt your immune system.

A marathon isn't a surefire way to lose weight.

Risk of injury

3. Find the training plan for you

Disclaimer: if you haven't been running for at least a year or more and haven't raced at least one half marathon you should first aim at a shorter distance race.

Hal Higdon's training plans

Jenny Hadfield

Beginners' plan by sport-fitness-advisor.com

Jeff Galloway

Asics 12 weeks training plan

4. Watch out for injuries

Shin splints

Stress fracture

Runner's Knee

Achilles Tendonitis

Hamstring Issues

Plantar Fasciitis

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

5. All set? Now find a race and sign up!

Jungfrau Marathon

Marathon du Medoc

Patagonian International Marathon

Berlin Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Maratona de Lisboa

Sparkasse Marathon der 3 Länder

Amsterdam Marathon

Niagara Falls International Marathon

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

TCS New York City Marathon

Athens Marathon

Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon

Antarctic Ice Marathon

Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon

International Marathon of Marrakech

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