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My first marathon: what you need to know in order not to regret

Running is becoming fashionable, and this cannot but rejoice, because the trend for healthy lifestyles and good physical shape smoothly enters our daily life. But what if the distances of 10 or 15 km have already been successfully conquered and you want to move on? How about deciding to run a marathon? After all, this is only ... more than 30 kilometers more than the usual morning run. In order to understand all the intricacies of preparation and understand what it is like to prepare for a marathon distance in just one year, we met with a participant of the White Nights marathon in St. and 107 km, by Alexander Nekrasov.

My first marathon: what you need to know in order not to regret

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- How long did you prepare before running your first marathon?
- My first marathon happened to me in the summer of 2015. It was a city on the Neva, and, as I remember now, it was very hot, stuffy and the sun was blazing strong. We went to the start with the No Tag Runners team, and there was no pre-start jittery and excitement. There was only laughter, jokes and the understanding that we were going to run 42.195 km.

I started running in 2013, and training in 2014, when I came to the Nike + Running Club in Gorky Park. It turns out that it took me one year to prepare. During this year, I have turned my understanding of running upside down and continue to turn it around.

- What mistakes do beginners make?
- As the greats say: “Fools learn from their mistakes, but smart on strangers. " I don't know who I really belong to, but looking back, now I have the right to analyze myself and my training and I can say that it is worth paying attention to: equipment (hello to my uncomfortable sneakers at a marathon), body development (strengthening muscles) , recovery (sleep, stretching, "muscle rolling", massage, yoga) and most importantly - tell yourself in time: guy, take a break. Or: guy, you need to stop and rest.

My first marathon: what you need to know in order not to regret

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- What was the most difficult thing when you ran the marathon for the first time? Both physically and psychologically.
- Any amateur runner who starts running and getting to know different distances, climbs the Internet and begins to absorb information from all sources that are possible. So it was with me. ... I read a lot of articles, listened to guys who had one or ten marathon behind them, and I had a certain base of “buzz” that could be waiting for me. But the most vivid impression that pops up instantly is when already at the 36th or 37th km I was running along the embankment of that very cool city on the Neva and I had thoughts: “Sasha, let's go on foot” or “Sasha, we must stop and stretch. " I drove them away and was focused on one thing - to run.

My first marathon: what you need to know in order not to regret

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

It was at this moment that a guy caught up with me, already actively limping, but running. We struck up some kind of conversation with the usual phrases for this period of time of the marathon, and at some point he offered me a walk. I, frankly, then was taken aback by such an incredible offer, just at that moment my thoughts intensified, because they had a chance to find a brother, but I apologized to him for refusing such an offer and offered to walk him after the finish, and I myself increased the pace a little and ran on. Therefore, the most difficult thing was not to get off the intended path and not to let the inner “tired” go out through thoughts.

- Where do you need to start preparing for a marathon for a person who had never run such a distance before? With what distances to start, how much to increase the mileage?
- In fact, the question here is very individual, because each person has his own characteristics of the body, its positive and negative sides. Someone just wants to run a marathon, as I did in 2015, while someone wants to run it with a good time, for example, three hours, and here is a completely different level. So I would start with the most important question: how do you want to run a marathon? Then I started to train myself, because in the 21st century of digital technologies there are many applications that build a training plan for you depending on your training, the amount of time you want to spend running.

I, for example, trained under the Nike + Run Club half marathon program and performed the entire training process, and I was very pleased with the result, there is also a marathon program. If you still need a tougher discipline, then you can find a coach and do it personally. It is always best to start by asking yourself: how do you want to run a marathon?

My first marathon: what you need to know in order not to regret

Photo: Polina Inozemtseva, Championship

- You covered 42 kilometers. What's the next goal? Improving marathon time or running a longer distance - Ironman?
- After completing the marathon, I wondered what my body and my mind were capable of, so I decided besides improving my time in marathons try yourself in another excellent running direction - trail (cross-country running), and, of course, do it over long distances, which means ultra. This year my goal was to run the Golden Ring Ultra Trail with a distance of T100 (the official distance is 107.29 km). This is not my first ultra cross country race, but it was challenging both physically and morally. I completed it successfully before the allotted time limit. As for Ironman, I don't see myself in this direction yet. Maybe later someday.

- What advice would you give to a person who suddenly took and set himself a goal - to run a marathon?
- Such a person I would like toadvise, first of all, to learn how to get a thrill from the training process, ups and downs, to smile when it does not work out, not to lose heart when a certain "stop" has arisen, to be able to tell yourself that you need to take a break and rest, be in harmony with your body , soul and mind and never forget about comfort for yourself.

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