Doing sports by itself is a relatively difficult thing to achieve, not to mention when you already have a job which takes a lot of time and energy. Most people commute, meaning at least an hour lost in transit, at best. Some people have the benefits of walking to their office, but those are few and far in between.
How does one go about doing sports while having a full-time job? Better yet, how does one even comprehend preparing for a marathon, while having a full-time job? It might be very difficult, depending on your level of athleticism, but in reality, it all starts with a schedule.
Having a Schedule – A Must-Have for Workouts
Working out requires you to have a schedule if you want to continue to advance. Just randomly doing exercises will not get you far, especially if you fail to warm up or stretch on a regular basis. Exercising is best done when following a schedule, mostly because our bodies love routines and react best when following them (unless in specific circumstances).
Marathons and half-marathons are some of the most common goals people have when it comes to fitness and exercising. With that in mind, there are plenty of plans available online. Most of them include long-slow distance running, medium tempo running, and high tempo running.
It takes three to five days of weekly running to prepare oneself for a marathon. Keep in mind that it takes time, multiple weeks of meticulous running.
Following a Schedule – It is Difficult but Achievable
The most difficult part about following a schedule, in this case, is finding the energy to do it prior to or most likely, after your job. Since most people work from 9 to 5 or do morning shifts, it is necessary to find the right time after work, to do the necessary running. An average marathon time for regular runners is 4 to 5 hours.
Take note that most marathon plans do not include actually running a marathon, but the kilometers and miles leading to it. The plans end prior to the marathon run, meaning that you should start your marathon-specific exercises matching the race you plan to attend.
It is recommended to actually run a marathon race, due to it having food and water, not to mention medical professionals on standby. The alternative is running with an experienced friend.
Finding the Time – Finding the Energy
Marathon plans include the mileage and kilometers you should do per run, giving you a very good idea of how long it will take you to finish exercising, once you figure out how long it takes you to finish a mile or kilometer. Finding the time should become a matter of planning your day.
Finding the energy to do it, on the other hand, is a different story. A marathon is about endurance and willpower. It takes a lot of time to prepare for it and a lot of effort to finish the race.
If this is something you actually want to do and not just for the sake of it, but something you really desire, then following a schedule and being diligent should not be a problem. Passion and consistent smart work pay off, in exercising and in life.