Often times, you’ll come across various broadcasts or news snippets about long-distance runners participating in marathon events. But have you ever wondered why are marathons have become so popular? What is a marathon’s ideal distance? Let’s cover all the grounds of a marathon.
Marathons are long-distance races, with a fixed minimum distance, that can be running-based, walking-based, or a subtle mixture of both. The concept of a marathon was born in the memory of a Greek soldier Pheidippides, who ran approximately 26 miles from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, to report the victory of his country in the war. Hence, the official minimum distance of a marathon is fixed at 26 miles.
The conception of a marathon came to fruition with the idea of pushing a runner’s limits and testing their endurance levels. And soon, marathon training became a way for runners and athletes to overcome their personal challenges and elevating their performance by testing their limits.
Marathon events have evolved over time, and have been classified into several categories. The two of the most popular categories for marathons are:
Holistic marathon training covers these four building blocks:
Along with these building blocks, marathon training also comprises of building up your confidence and the elevating the will to run the distance To enhance your performance, you must remember to carefully build the road-map of marathons by using these four building blocks.
Here are some more tips that can help you in performing exceptionally in a marathon.
Now that you have a deeper understanding of marathons, you can start your training based on the aforementioned points. As a runner, there is no better way to test your limits and endurance than a marathon. Make an encouraging playlist, put on your shoes, and start training for your next marathon.