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Winning Tactics For Running a Marathon- Fitness Tips Massillon, OH

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Winning Tactics For Running a Marathon- Fitness Tips Massillon, OH

Let’s face it, if you’ve ever run a marathon, or even been a spectator, you’ll appreciate the motivation and commitment involved.

If you’re not prepared when it comes to race day you can expect many hours of suffering and struggle!

It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, if you put in the required training over several months.

This requires commitment and motivation and a belief that the accumulation of all those training miles will help you to reach your goal–
Whether this is time-oriented or the equally valid desire to just finish strong.


So what is meant exactly by motivation and commitment?

Motivation is the desire to achieve something unusual that gives you the incentive to do things that other people are not prepared to do.


Not many people are prepared to train week in, week out so that they can stand at the start of a marathon and say to themselves, “yes, I am ready and I couldn’t have done anything more.”

You can always do something more, but even the elite athletes feel that way. Every athlete has their challenges — whether it’s getting the children ready for school, or an Achilles injury.

It’s how we overcome these challenges that make us stronger and mean we can stand on the start line with a quiet confidence. If you’re working full time you might have to get up every day at five a.m. to fit your training in and this will take commitment, motivation and determination.

It won’t help if after a few weeks you revert to your former habits and get up half an hour before you have to leave for work. Whether it is getting up early or beginning a fitness program your motivation and commitment needs to last over the long term to have an affect.

In training for a marathon it will not help running for ten miles every two weeks and doing no exercise in between. Your body will have forgotten what it has to do by the time you run again! It is better to run three or more times a week with one longer run on the weekend, and you will be in better shape. These small, regular runs will add up to success over time but they are far easier to do when you have a target to aim at.

This can be a time you want to run or the desire to complete the 26 mile race. Either way if you know what you want to achieve you will be more likely to do the things you need to do. Having a target concentrates the mind and increases your motivation….


“Most men/women stop when they begin to tire.
The good ones go until they think they are going to collapse.
But the very best know the mind tires before the body and push themselves further and further, beyond all limits. Only when their limits are shattered can the attainable be reached.”  – Mark Mysnyk


Prepare wisely 😉



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