This is a series I started with my old running coach, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs TrainWithMarc.com. He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!
Hi everyone! It’s Coach Marc and I’m back. This time I’m writing about what it takes to run a marathon. We all know that 26.2 miles is no joke. So what’s the best way to prepare? Here’s my run-down for you:
1. Be prepared to put in some serious work. A marathon isn’t the same as a 5k – you can’t just go out and “do” one. You’ve got to put in months (and sometimes years) of serious training.
2. Remind yourself you’ll have to sacrifice a bit. There are times you’ll want to go out and have drinks instead of get up for your long run. Remember 26.2 miles is far. Be prepared for early nights and early mornings!
3. Visit your local running shop and ask questions. Whenever I need a bit of motivation, I pop over to the Haddonfield Running Company. Find your local store and get the right shoes for your foot type. Buy some new running clothes and a good watch to start your training. Don’t forget to hydrate – carry a water bottle with you! Find out what other runners do and formulate a plan.
4. Find a running coach who can create a plan to help you reach your 26.2 goal. Not all coaches are created equal. Find someone who you trust and who has experience working with runners of all abilities.
5. Track the progress you make. Create a blog or online training log so that other people can help keep you motivated and provide that extra support you might need.
6. Plan ahead so you can still have your fun. Planning allows you to still have a life while still getting in all of the important runs.
What other advice would you add? How much weekly mileage do you think is necessary to complete a marathon?
Looking to get into running or need to take your running to the next level? Send me a message @ TrainWithMarc, on Facebook or on Twitter. To get started with a plan of your own, visit TrainWithMarc.com.
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