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Perhaps you’re considering going on a vegan diet, but can’t see how you’ll ever get there. Maybe you’ve dreamed about running a marathon, too, but abandoned it as impossible?

If so, just ponder the expression by William Arthur Ward:

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

Five short years ago, I had not begun a vegan diet, nor had I run more than an occasional 1-2 miles on the running machine (staring at the wall at the fitness club, it felt like a death sentence). Growing up, I had been a miserable athlete, skipping all PE classes from 9th grade onward to avoid humiliation.

Just as a plant-based diet often begins with small steps, such as avoiding meat one meal a day (or one day a week) or eliminating a single kind of meat from your diet, until you’ve actually begun running, it’s totally natural for you to believe you’re not capable of getting in shape to run a marathon.

Only after you have run around the block or survived 5 minutes on the dreaded running machine do you start to recognize your true potential. After settling into a training routine, you get a few 5- and 10ks under your belt, and start to realize that a half-marathon is within your grasp.

I don’t mean to understate the preparation and commitment you need to run a marathon. But while you shouldn’t expect to get there overnight, it’s not as difficult as you might think. There are unlimited resources available to develop your marathon training plan, and first time runners should generally allow from 4-6 months, depending on your condition.

It’s OK if it takes you several months, or years to develop the confidence to sign up for a marathon, as long as you keep moving in a positive direction. Whether preparing for a marathon or starting a plant-based diet, you’ve got to expect occasional setbacks and self-doubt along the way. The key is to not allowing yourself to be deterred from reaching your goal.

Although I ran Tokyo Marathon, my first, in March 2009, after 1 1/2 years, I began to doubt whether I could do another marathon, and whether I would be able to make it to Honolulu, owing to time, finances, as well as minor injuries including knee pain and a sore achilles tendon. There were last minute surprises, too, like discovering I had forgotten to pack my 5-fingered grip socks just before laying down to sleep on the eve of the marathon!

Once you make your mind up to run a marathon, you need to decide your specific training goals. Avoiding injury, more than a running a fast time, was my first priority throughout training the past year. In addition to running (cardio), I have been doing core exercises and yoga for strength, balance and flexibility. Although I was sucking wind at the end, I had finished the Honolulu Marathon, in a time that even surprised me.

After finishing a marathon, you’ll feel like you can accomplish anything. If you have prepared well, I guarantee you will enjoy it, and want to do it again. Scheduling another running event in the future will give a purpose to continue your training, too. Like a healthy vegan diet, running benefits your physical fitness and your mental outlook.

Whether you run a marathon or adopt a vegan diet, you will be charged up for bigger challenges, and realize you truly can do anything you can imagine!

For more information on upcoming running events in scenic Hawaii:

Maui Marathon

Honolulu Marathon

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Source by William Santoro

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Thinking about the Boston Marathon Treadmill?

This article will go over the main pros and cons of this specialty treadmill to help you make a more informed buying decision.

What is the Boston Marathon Treadmill?

This treadmill is manufactured by Proform in conjunction with the Boston Marathon Athletic Association. As such, it’s called the official training treadmill of the Boston Marathon.

What this means is that the treadmill was designed with the help of the Boston Athletic Association in order to help people train and quality for the actual Boston Marathon.

Because of this, you get some very unique tools with this treadmill that you don’t get with other treadmills. For example you get a large full-color console where you can view actual footage of the Boston course – almost like you’re there in real life.

You also get a cadence pacing coach to help you stay on track while running. The treadmill also gives you a higher-than-normal 15 MPH speed limit. So long distance and experience runners will appreciate the extra room to grow.

The treadmill also comes with iFit LIVE – which is a way you can map out new trails to run all over the world. You can run in Paris, Hawaii or Sydney, Australia and watch real life landmarks pass you by in the screen for some virtual reality fun.

You also get a higher-than-normal 20% incline and 6% decline to add some more crosstraining to your workouts. And the treadmill automatically inclines and declines to match the actual terrain that you’re running (like at the Boston Marathon).

2 Different Models

There are currently 2 different versions of this treadmill: the 3.0 and the 4.0.

What’s the difference? Well, the 3.0 is a bit more affordable than the 4.0 – and it’s a bit more streamlined.

The 4.0 treadmill offers more official Boston Marathon training programs, more cadence coach options, a free wireless heart rate monitor and a speed ring. The speed ring uses wireless Bluetooth technology to change the speed from your fingertips.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Well, because of the limits of the higher incline on these treadmills, they do not fold up. So if you have a smaller workout area and need the extra space that a folding treadmill offers, this is not your treadmill.

Also, while you don’t need iFit to use the Boston Marathon treadmill, if you want to try it out you’ll need to purchase an online subscription – which is about $99 a year.

Finally, while these treadmills are incredible for marathon training and experienced runners, they might be overkill for the average, occasional walker.

So it really depends on what you want and what your goals are. But if you’re looking for one of the best treadmills for marathon training, the Boston Marathon treadmill is worth considering!

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Source by Karen T Miller

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