etre marathonien

Do you have to run a full marathon in order to be a "real runner"?

Is it good to run ever longer distances?

The days when people ran simply for sports recreation seem like a long distant memory.At the time, it was only a question of doing yourself good by going for increasingly long jogging sessions.Participating in major endurance events was reserved for an elite and/or those with an inquisitive mind.

However, in the space of two decades, things have changed radically.The number of runners seeking to experience the 26.219-mile adventure never ceases to grow.The reason for this is not always about surpassing oneself.Social, or even family, pressure – the desire to emulate a work colleague or brother-in-law – can sometimes result in a nasty surprise.This is particularly true when the objective of completing a marathon is coupled with certain time objectives that are not always reasonable.

Should you always be running further and faster?Everyone needs to make up their own mind about this.However – be careful! – running 26.219 miles is always a pinnacle that should be approached with caution.And a "runner" can be fulfilled with seemingly less ambitious projects that are more adapted to certain dispositions


The conditions that need to be fulfilled before you consider running 26.219 miles

Keep the following in mind whatever the circumstances:marathon runners aren't made overnight: Two years of regular sports exercise – organised around three weekly running sessions – are needed to build a solid foundation.A few tips:

- It is important, if not essential, to participate in a number of 10 km runs and half-marathons before taking the final decision to sign up for a marathon.The purpose of the experience gained by running in competition on less demanding distances is to give you some reference points.Etiquette when running in groups, the right feeding technique (including the type of energy gels you need to consume), sticking to the pace run in training:these are just some of the important points that need to be addressed when approaching a marathon.

- It is also equally important to be able to determine the training plan that corresponds to your level of ability and objective in advance of your marathon preparation.This obviously includes checking whether you are able to undertake it, without compromising your family life or work-life balance.


No, it is not an obligation!

Every person must decide for themselves whether participating in a marathon make sense.measuring up to the iconic road running distance, whether it is for the first or 50th time, is never something to be taken lightly.It is the accomplishment of not only a personal journey in sport, but also a spiritual journey.It is this that makes marathon running great by gathering men and women regardless of age or ability to run over the same distance.

Where we must ask ourselves the question posed at the beginning:do you have to run a marathon in order to be a "real runner"?Once again, take care not to target something for the wrong reasons.The proportion of amateur athletes that take on the 26.219 miles is minimal compared with the entire running community.There are barely more than 100,000 marathon runners in France each year out of 10 million runners overall.So, the answer is no, it is not necessary to overcome this major effort to be able to say, nay feel, fully part of the vast family of people who run!



Do you have to run the UTMB to be (or consider becoming) a real trailer? Of course not! Each person, depending on his or her disposition, must experience their running life without feeling that they have to complete certain events or distances like the marathon distance.