CM SEAL Team blogger: Tim Grizzell
“Nothing is impossible if you try.” Paul Tergat, Marathon World Record Holder – 2003-2007
Hello Charlie Mike Teammates – I am back and I am fired up to talk to all of you about how to properly prepare yourselves to successfully complete a marathon. This is going to be a four-part series beginning with a brief introduction and some of my general thoughts regarding the marathon. Next week, I will discuss different training programs. The third week we will get into one of my favorite topics: running equipment (i.e., running apparel and running shoes). Finally, I will conclude by talking about the day of the marathon.
Now some of you might ask, “Why would I ever want to run a marathon?” Some history buffs who are runners might respond by saying that they want to experience the distance that the Greek soldier Pheidippides supposedly ran from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce the Persians had been defeated. Okay. I would respond by saying because it is a huge accomplishment and it will help you take care of your body.
How do you do it? As with most athletic endeavors of this magnitude, the short answer is that it just takes a lot of motivation (i.e., FIRE IN THE GUT), a lot of self-discipline and the ability to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
“Who can run a marathon?” It is my belief that the vast majority of humans can run a marathon. I mentioned in a prior Charlie Mike post that I believe humans were born to run. We were given this gift at birth. So anyone can run a marathon if they put their mind to it. There are experienced runners out there who have completed marathons, there are experienced runners out there who have never participated in an event at this distance, there are athletes who participate in other sports other than running yet are in great shape, and there are some individuals who lead sedentary lifestyles for one reason or another. So, picking a training program will depend on which category you fall in. Clearly, an experienced runner will have an easier time transitioning into a marathon training program then someone who is not as experienced (NOTE: I will never say someone is non-runner because deep down everyone is a runner).
Prior to embarking on marathon journey, I believe that you should decide if it is necessary to get a physical examination from your doctor to make sure everything checks out okay. Running a marathon is a big deal and you want to make sure that your training is not going to aggravate a larger problem. This is good advice prior to beginning any significant physical activity. You have to keep in mind, though, that some doctors feel running is unhealthy even if you are in great shape. I have been told this by more than one doctor. Show me a doctor who says running is bad for you and I will show you a doctor who has never run!
Training for a marathon is something that should be taken very seriously. We are talking 26.2 miles, right? Therefore, anyone who sets a goal of competing and finishing a marathon must make sure that they are properly prepared prior to showing up to the starting line the morning of the event. You cannot just phone in the training. If you do, you will pay for it. I am speaking from experience. When getting ready for my first marathon event, I missed a lot of long runs in the second half of my four month training program. I could give all of you a bunch of excuses why, but you know the saying. As a result, my performance suffered and my body took some weeks to recover. Yet – in the end, my experience from this marathon reinforced one simple fact – be consistent in your training.
Next week we will discuss different training programs. Stay tuned…
Guest Blogger Tim Grizzell is a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer who led SEAL units in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He is currently starting a running apparel company that will be officially launched in second quarter of this year. He has run numerous marathons. Tim resides in San Marino, California with his wife and their three young children.
Tim met Alden when Alden had just graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and he had just arrived to begin BUD/S training.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
CM SEAL Team blogger: Tim Grizzell