Running a marathon is the sort of thing that many people say they would like to do one day, but often daily distractions keep us from achieving. On our death beds, we will realize we simply never made the time to follow our dreams.
Now there is a wonderful alternative. For those of us who are marathoners in spirit only, you can train to walk a shorter distance.
Mini-marathons are shorter races that can offer all the thrill and training of a marathon, without having to commit to time and distance of a marathon.
They are races that unite seasoned runners with slower travelers. Both runners and walkers experience the pride of participation and accomplishment of their goals.
Walkers often participate in these races, and unlike a full-length marathon, it won’t take days to complete! A fraction of the distance of a marathon, this race is comfortably completed by walkers within a couple of hours.
If this is a challenge you would like to achieve, put on your running shoes and get walking! Novice walkers should begin mini-marathon training at least a couple of months before the event. Start off with shorter walks, and build your endurance slowly.
Unlike marathon running, it is not necessary to have completed in training the same distance you will cover on race day. However, do build up your walking time to at least an hour to ensure that you will last the course on the day of the mini-marathon.
Seasoned walkers will require less training. If you are used to shorter distances, you might want to build your endurance by covering longer distances as race day looms closer. Regular walkers can intensify the challenge by walking faster. So get that stopwatch out, and start speed walking!
Marathon runners celebrate their running times.
Even a mini-marathon walker can attain a personal best on race day!
Just like a marathon runner, your training will be meaningless without taking the proper steps before the race. Eat well the day before, and have a nutritious breakfast at least an hour before walking. Wear comfortable clothing, and proper walking shoes.
Ensure that you stay hydrated by stopping at water stations along the route. Always slow down or stop if you feel ill. Take care of yourself, do your best, and prepare to revel in the glory of finishing your mini-marathon.
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