Serious runners tend to stick to strict schedules when training for a marathon, as 26.2 miles on pavement is not for the faint of heart. You'd think you'd have to be crazy, an idiot, or both to run a marathon without a workout — but that's exactly what a TikTok influencer and prankster did this week.
Rob Rausch of content creation duo The Cheeky Boyos decided to document how he ran an entire marathon - without any training whatsoever - presumably for the sake of punching power. Or maybe because he really hates his knees. Who is to say that! Along with his partner Coy Wickey, the pair headed to a local racetrack to give it a go. That would be 105.5 laps of a 400-meter course, if anyone is counting.
About a mile later, Rausch noticed that his back was starting to hurt, but said it "would go away on its own." t the best of omens, but he continued anyway. Four miles later, however, things seemed to be getting better as he said he felt like "the same beast but a different animal".
"I'll do that," said Rausch at half-time. "I think we should — maybe we should go to the hospital after that." When asked why, he weakly replied, "I don't know."
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At mile 20, he began to slow down, noting that he "had never had a cramp like this." [his] Live.” But how could he give up with six miles to go? And then, by a small miracle of God, he did it, and all in less than six hours—which, honestly, isn't too bad for your first marathon ever with no training.
However, if you dare to attempt such a thing, a racetrack is probably your best bet. Yes, you have to factor in the leans and corners, but overall the surface of a racetrack is much more forgiving to the human body than, say, a road race.
In fact, those who have run marathons on indoor courses have times than a traditional road race.
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"The next day after [Armory NYC Indoor] "I was able to run more than 10 miles in the marathon," Tony Migliozzi, the 2015 world champion 50K runner, told LetsRun.com. "I've never been able to do that after an outdoor marathon, I usually take the day off." After the indoor marathon I felt much better than after outdoor marathons. Probably because the surface was much softer.”
Maybe next time Rausch should hit the streets and see him run a street marathon. But in this case, having a physical therapist on call would probably be best.