| 26.2 miles is a long way, but there is no mistaking the mystique of the marathon, and the thought of testing your own limits. Running a marathon is a very special event, and can no doubt change your life.
However, I’ve always been taught that you must “respect the distance”, and in doing so, you commit to 4-6 months of intense training.
Ready to take on the challenge? Here are ways to train smart from Marthoning- Start to Finish by Pattie and Warren Finke.
- You must first determine if you are ready to start training for a marathon. Marathoning is not for the beginning runner. You should have been running for at least 6 months and be running 15-20 miles per week if you want to run a marathon 6 months from now.
- Consult with your doctor and have a physical.
- Define your long, medium and short term goals. Your long term goal may be to finish the marathon. Your medium goal might be to finish several 18-22 mile training runs before the race. Your short term goals include your weekly or daily mileage.
- Make a commitment. To excel in the marathon you must be physically and psychologically fit. Peak performance comes from assuming active responsibility for your own success.
- Outline a plan. Join a group or hire a coach to set out a training program for you with a systematic approach to achieving your long term goal.
Take a look at our Run On! Training Classes. We have a place for you. If you're ready to start marathon training, we have full and half marathon classes. If you're not quite there yet, we can get you ready in our 101, 201, and 301 classes.