Marathon Series: Picking the Perfect Marathon

Wednesday 3 June 2015 by

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Welcome back to week twenty five of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about picking the right marathon for you.

There are hundreds of marathons to choose from all over the world. Of course the most obvious are the Paris, London and New York, but there are all sorts in all locations. Some are notoriously harder than most – you can run across a desert or mountain as well as the standard city routes. But which one is it that is best for you? There are some key factors to take in before you settle on which marathon is right for you.

Where do you want to run?

First thing’s first: where do you want to run? Do you want to run in heat or cold, hard or easy terrain? Do you want crowded city streets, or empty cross country? Make that the first choice and then look up marathons that fit the bill.

Where does it finish?

I’ll be honest, the finish is always best part of a race (obvious, right?) so check out where your potential marathon is finishing, and make it worthwhile!  A marathon is deserving of a big finish.

How close is it to home?

When you’re dead on your legs, you’re going to want to crawl to the closest bed and stop. So make sure you know your closest place to rest afterwards: whether that be a hotel room or your own bed.

Who do you want there with you?

It might be exciting and exotic to run a marathon on the other side of the world, but who do you want there to support you? Make sure they can travel with you, so you have the ideal people cheering you on. It could be lonely without them…

How easy is it to get in?

Is it a matter of paying for entry, or is it balloted (as many of the more popular ones are)? Think carefully, because if you’re going for a balloted race, you have to remember you might not get in and you will have to apply much further in advance.

As soon as you know your marathon, you can aim towards it.  Make sure it’s a race you get excited about, that feels like a goal and celebration of all that hard work, and it will make the bad miles worthwhile.

How do you pick your marathon? Do you have particular criteria?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back in a soon when we’re talking about surviving the countdown.

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