If you can run a 5k, then you can run a marathon.. if you follow the right process
When people ask me the vague question "what would you recommend I do if I wanted to run a marathon but am not good at running?" I instinctively answer with this "if you can run a 5k, then you can run a marathon!" I always get a shocked look followed by skepticism, but am so firm in that belief that we end up walking away with a 5k training plan. The truth behind that answer is that not everyone can run a marathon, but if you are willing follow these 3 facts, then the principles that get you to run a 5k now will carry you to a marathon finish later on:
So if you can believe in your heart that a 5k is doable, but still have a hard time believing that the marathon is possible, then let's start from ground zero and build up. Following the simple and effective steps to running a 5k will most certainly get you to do the same for the marathon. Many people can sign up for a 5k and run/walk it without training, but not everyone can follow a plan from start to finish, which is an absolute MUST for a marathon. So we are developing our foundational muscles and habits with a long-term marathon in mind. The Chicago marathon is the 1st weekend of October, is one of the best races in the country, and registration is now OPEN!
All that I ask of my friends who are willing is for ONE MONTH of their trust in the process. If they are not able to finish a 5k and still do not believe in the process after one month, then they can go back to their everyday routine. Finishing a simple and effective training plan followed by a 5k finish will be one of the most rewarding experiences that you could ever ask for. This is where you learn that a daily plan can take you further than you could ever imagine. So where do we start?
You will need the following basic necessities for this plan:
After you have these resources and are ready for the next step, it is time to learn about the plan. Whether you are someone who runs frequently and would like to improve upon your previous time, or you someone who can barely run/walk a mile, then I have a plan for you! Plan one is for beginning runners. Plan 2 is for intermediate runners. To be an effective runner, you must understand that success does not magically happen over night. You must build, build, build, TAPER DOWN for recovery, and then perform. This SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE philosophy was developed by one of the greatest coaches of all time, Hal Higdon, and has been used by almost every major running coach since the inception of his training plan in the 70's. I have decided to adopt his philosophy since I have tested and confirmed its legitimacy and also feel the need to share those results with everyone that I have a relationship with.
The final step is my favorite part: signing up for the 5k! Go ahead and open up another tab to research "fun runs near me" and filter the results by a weekend that falls one month from today! Once you have signed up, you are officially committed to doing this thing! I am excited to introduce you to this journey, it brings me joy to see other lives changed. Now keep in mind that this is a virtual training plan that will carry you from point A to point B, but I would really like to track your results and join you in celebration after you finish your first race. If you feel that this article has motivated you to run a 5k, please do the following:
OPTION 1: Beginners Training Plan for run/walkers
OPTION 2: Intermediate Training Plan for experienced runners
Thank you for reading!
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