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I would not recommend what I did to anyone. It also would not work for the average person, even the average in-shape person. Train! It will be worth it. There is a wealth of information available free online concerning marathon training. Set yourself up to "peak" right when you run your marathon.
That said, 6 hours doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment. That is walking speed, perhaps a somewhat quick walking speed, but certainly attainable on a controlled road surface. 4 hours seems to be the gold standard for an "impressive" marathon. Breaking 3 hours is a serious accomplishment, that few can do. You want to do well. Train for a 4 or a 4.5 hour marathon, and enjoy every second of the actual event!
Even walking a full marathon is an accomplishment. Finishing is an accomplishment. Deciding to do a marathon on a Tuesday, and finishing it the following Saturday, is less of an accomplishment in my eyes, than someone training an entire year just to get over the finish line.
Your original post is hard to believe, but since I don't know you, I'm not going to debate it. However, stating that "6 hours isn't much of an accomplishment" is a really stupid thing to say.
not necessarily true. there's this group of people called the "running tribe" that live in some stretch of mountains and they run everywhere, barefoot actually, because they dont have transportation. and then before they have a big journey (or run) they drink a large amount of their self brewed beer in order to give them more energy and stamina.
anyways, i have not run an entire marathon before. best of luck!
Everyone has their own idea of what they consider an accomplishment, It's not up to you or anyone elses to set that bar-- set it for yourself-- but don't tell someone that their 6 hour marathon isn't an accomplishment.
I don't chuckle at "gapers" who stand above four foot jumps before finally dropping in, so I can't really relate to that. It's fine that you don't think it would be an accomplishment for yourself, but it's not up to you to say that "hitting a four foot jump is not an accomplishment."
Also, I stand by my opinion-- that finishing a marathon at all, walking or running, is an accomplishment.
Ive done a half marathon.
I'm explaining why I said his comment was a "stupid thing to say." Your post doesn't necessarily contradict anything that I've said, other than your comment about gapers hitting jumps whch I can't really relate to.
It just rubbed me the wrong way when he stated that finishing a marathon in 6 hours wasn't much of an accomplishment to the OP. Let the OP determine if he feels accomplished or not. That's all. I just have a hard time hearing people criticize anyone who tries (and certainly those who succeed at) a marathon.
I think if the OP finishes a marathon, and it is over 4 hours and closer to 6, he should feel good about it.