Is 26.2 for you?

Is 26.2 for you?

My name is Andy and I’m the ambassador for Shalom Tours’ Jerusalem Marathon experience and I will be guiding you through all aspects of your training with regular blogs featuring useful first-hand tips and tricks to help you tackle this Marathon.

My first blog considers why you should even contemplate running a marathon!

We’ve all been there. Thinking about signing up for a race and having our doubts. ‘Can I actually get through this?’. ‘Can I commit to the training?’. ‘Is this for me?’

I’ve been there myself. I always said that I’d never run a marathon. I thought it was too far and too difficult a goal to achieve. Fast forward 5 years from those thoughts, and my marathon PB stands at 2:37:00 and is probably my favourite distance.

Yes, you’ll need to commit to the training. Yes, you’ll need to focus on getting in the best shape of your life. You can’t ‘blag’ a marathon. It is however, one of the best experiences you’ll ever have and you’ll find out a lot about your body in those 26.2 miles.

What better place to tackle this challenge, than in Jerusalem, Israel. With plenty of hills on this course, it will offer you a chance to complete one of the toughest marathon courses whilst seeing magical parts of the city. It really is a bucket list marathon to tick off.


Hills Training Links

It’s all uphill from here

By Samantha Lawrence

Correct training and preparation for a marathon can make or break an experience.

The Jerusalem Marathon is 90% hills; with total hill climb of 327 meters. The route includes an almost 3-mile-long steep climb to Mount Scopus, with various hills along the way.

Experienced marathons runners describe it as ‘not for beginners’. This means running with amazing, breath-taking views of the Holy Land, but it also means breath-taking running in the amazing Holy Land.

How you train may determine which race you run.

Useful links:

We’ve pulled together links to the best articles we’ve found on hill running and hill marathon training, so you can empower yourself to run your best race. Learn about the importance of strength training, foot adjustments, training plans, sprinting, training if you live in a flat area, and pace.

Other important things to consider on such a hilly course include consideration of hydration vests, fuel gels, and the changes in weather!

Previous marathons have taken place in eight degrees Celsius with rain, while others have been nearly 30 degrees Celsius. With high elevation, the air can be crisp and cold. Advice from previous runners is to not assume it’s going to be hot and humid.

5 reasons to run the Jerusalem Marathon

By Samantha Lawrence

Running a race abroad should be on every marathon runner’s bucket list, because the experience
becomes something much more.

Here are 5 reasons why you should run the Jerusalem Marathon:

See the Holy Land from a unique perspective

This race will give you the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful sights of Jerusalem’s city, both old
and new, when all roads are closed to vehicles. Imagine hearing your rubber trainers slapping
rhythmically against ancient limestone slabs and modern tarmac, echoing within ancient tunnels and
across a Holy landscape. Imagine hearing spiritual music that makes your hairs stand on end and
running within groups of people from the most diverse cultures in the same spiritual place. That’s
the Jerusalem Marathon.

Turn your race into a holiday

With a marathon travel package, you will be able to explore both the city and the local area with
expert guides and fellow runners, enabling you to sightsee and experience the Holy Land as both a
tourist and as an endurance runner. The travel package is done for you, so you don’t have to worry
about anything but training, running and enjoying the experience.

Experience a new culture

Jerusalem is the city of three religions and is sacred for Jewish, Christians and Muslims. Jerusalem is
more than 3000 years old, has captivating history and architecture. At the same time the downtown
is very modern.
With 90% of the route up or down hills, you’ll see breath-taking views from some of the most
treasured cultural hotspots in the World.

Great motivation for training

What else could help maintain your momentum for training, if not the commitment of joining a
group embarking on a destination marathon? It will certainly help your accountability and provide
you with that extra push when you might need it the most.

Meet new friends

Last year over 30,000 people ran the Jerusalem Marathon, with 10% coming from abroad. You’ll
make new friends throughout the whole experience from the UK and across the world. Possibly
forming friendships for life.