[Srdjan here (hi!). Today I have a very cool guest post from my good friend Jeff Sanders - a raw vegan marathon runner with killer marathon track record. Since I've been getting a lot of requests from readers on how to train for a marathon, I decided to ask Jeff - the marathon expert - to share his knowledge and experience on the subject. If you're a marathoner or you're just looking to get into the game, you'll find this post very useful. Take it away Jeff!]
Marathons are crazy hard. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have or how “in-shape” you are – running 26.2 miles is tough.
In the last five years I have run 12 full marathons, 3 ultramarathons, two, 200-mile team relay races, and around 20 half-marathons. After each race my conclusion has always been the same: I should have prepared better. I should have trained more.
I don’t mean to shed a negative light on marathon running. I LOVE running and marathons are the ultimate test of my passion, training, and physical fitness.
However, as any marathoner can attest, the physical toll on your body is nothing shy of a full-on car accident. The effects of a marathon on your body are immense and unforgettable.
The funny part is that’s also the most addictive aspect of running. Feeling like you just got hit by a train is what draws runners back again and again.
Today I’ll give you a bit of insight into what it takes to prepare your body and mind for a marathon.