Bharath Srinivasan, Bessie Dreamers.
Lot of stuff has been written about the significance of training, but one can still not reiterate it enough! Many think it is compelling enough to focus more on actual running, than what is in fact required to groom the body for a run.
Running is a repetitive process, so it is imperative to adapt the body and supplement it with the right training regime. If you have watched musician play a string instrument, they would tune it first, adjusting the keys to which the strings are tied, unlacing or fastening according to the pitch required. You simply cannot start playing the music without tuning the instrument ; as it wouldn’t be in sync at all or rather the strings might crack.
Training is just like that. It tunes your body and mind to the rigors and the demands mandated by running. Training for the run in the right way is very essential for reducing injuries, increasing running efficiency and improving endurance. Ensure that your training plan includes justifiable proportions of interval training, tempo runs, strength/core training, cross training (e.g. cycling, swimming, fast walking) and long slow distance runs.
Top this up with pre-run dynamic stretches and post run static stretches without any compromise. Augmenting yoga in your weekly routine can act as a force multiplier from the perspective of injury prevention, faster recovery post marathons and enhancing the flexibility & range of the muscle groups. Remember that 1-2 days of rest per week is also an integral part of the training tenure.
The point is if you decide to run, take the jump. Do it slowly and steadily with the right dose of training plan. Listen to your body, add patience and persistence. You will win the long haul!
Let me conclude with a wonderful quote by Julie Isphording, that unfolds the true character of running.
“Run often. Run long. But never outrun YOUR JOY of running.”