If its a goal you, have then I say DO IT!! Just perhaps not tomorrow!!
What I would recommend is choosing a few different race options and then seeking some professional advice to assist with a training program and also the decision of which one would best suit. I have several clients who I prepare for marathon running and find that the key factor that gets them to the start line, prepared physically and mentally, is not only the training but also having had an individually structured and periodised program.
What I mean by that is a program where your session volume builds gradually, where recovery weeks are factored in, that important life functions are allowed to fit in and that you dont spend the months leading in to your big event feeling deprived of life. Having your head in the right mental state is as important as being physically strong and able. And even if you're just out there to finish, these factors will definitely affect how you cope with the 42.2 km of running, and how you recover afterwards.
As an Adventure athlete myself I have experienced both the highs and lows of training programs and can guarantee that the many hours of training that have to be devoted to such a goal, is far less of a sacrifice when you feel you have support, motivation, fitness and also a life!
You have a base of running and all you have to do is build on this. With the right advice and good technique it is most certainly safe. Marathon running is about volume and consistency not about running harder!
If you want more advice, please dont hesitate to ask. Kylie
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