What makes a marathon worth running? In addition to the chance to challenge both your physical and mental limits and to prove to yourself that with hard work you can achieve just about anything, you get to join an elite group of people. Only 0.5 percent of Americans have done it.
“If you have 12 weeks to train and can currently walk three miles comfortably, you will be able to finish a half-marathon,” Sebor says. “If you have 16 weeks to train and can currently walk five-six miles comfortably, you will be able to finish a marathon.” In both of these cases, your goal should be simply to finish at a run/walk pace, she adds.
Proper marathon training will not only help you cross that finish line but will also help you do so without getting hurt. Whether you are new to running, or a seasoned veteran, everyone is susceptible to injuries, especially in the knees. One of the most common injuries, especially among avid runners, is the aptly named Runner’s knee. It is damage to the cartilage, a semi-hard and flexible tissue that covers the end of your bones, under the kneecap.
Some of the reasons to the run a marathon are: You’re getting fit and healthy while training; you gain a lot of confidence that you can do the impossible; you may be an inspiration to others; you’re making new friends; you get to travel; and you get the opportunity to explore cities in a way few people, even locals, do.