How to Train for a Marathon (Part I)

Start small and work up to the larger marathons.

For numerous runners, the need to do a marathon is all about doing a personal challenge. You may want to test your limits or prove that you are able to go the distance. Maybe a loved one has talked you into it. Perhaps you’d like to be healthier, lose weight, or raise awareness for a charity.

Regardless of your reason, keep it in mind and tell yourself of it frequently during the months that come ahead. When the weather is nasty or when your legs are tired, sustaining your motivation will aid you in getting out the door.

Getting Started

Be conscious of your limits: The 26.2 miles in a marathon put you at a truly higher risk for injury than your everyday neighborhood jogs. Talk with your physician before beginning any training program.

Start early: Conventional wisdom suggests that aspiring marathoners run steady base mileage for at least 12 months before starting on a marathon training program.

One of the most typical causes of injury is increasing weekly mileage too fast, too soon. Therefore, don’t underestimate the significance of unfailingly running at least 25–30 miles a week consistently before pledging to train for a marathon.

Start small: Run a couple of short races like 5Ks, 10Ks, or a half marathon. This is the perfect way to get ready mentally and physically for the first marathon.

Choosing a First Marathon

Marathons range from low-key, quiet races on backcountry roads to spectator-lined city races with millions of runners. To help you get used to the race vibe and find your preference, run a couple of shorter races, volunteer at marathons, or cheer on a friend.

Selecting a marathon close to home might provide home-field advantage with the chance to run on familiar roads; on the other hand, picking a “destination” race can truly stoke your motivation fire in the months going up to race day.