How to Train for a Marathon
Want to learn how to train for a marathon or half marathon? This site was created for the runner who wants to experience the thrill and sensational high of finishing their first marathon of half marathon.
The secret to successful marathon training and half marathon training lies within staying supremely motivated, training smart & safe, and maintaining proper nutrition.
The days of just “gutting it out” are long gone. Whether you are training for a marathon or half marathon, it takes a lot more than good old determination and willpower to get you through training and the big day. Let your mind lead the way, not your body.
Don’t be set so much on willpower and determination that you miss out on the big picture of why you want to do this. By the way, why do you want to do this? Don’t let yourself off by stopping at your first answer! Dig deep! Why do you want to run a marathon or half marathon?
When you go beyond that first answer, you will begin to realize what is really driving you. When you learn what is really driving you, then you can use that to push yourself through willpower and determination. You will build the foundation that will get your subconscious mind working for you, not against you. In short, you are in for an incredible experience.
“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”
– Emil Zatopek, 1952 Olympic Marathon gold medalist
Whether you’re already running more than twenty miles per week or if you haven’t even seen a pair of running shoes in ten years, YOU can successfully train for and finish a marathon or half marathon. Believe in yourself. Once you learn the right way to train for a marathon or half marathon, you will begin to believe, and then you will realize your goal.
How to train for a marathon? Well, the books, beginner marathon training schedules, half marathon training program, free newsletter, tips, and more on this site will be your guide to helping you learn how to train for a marathon or half marathon. If running a marathon is a long term goal, be sure to check out the 5K training and 10K training programs to get you started and running now.
Bookmark the site and come back often for new tips and fun stuff to keep you running injury-free and full of motivation.
CULLED FROM Brad Boughman’s MarathonRookie.com!
Marathon training tips for beginners, including a recommended 16 week marathon training schedule and program, nutrition requirements, and more.
Marathon training books, half marathon training books, training journals, and visualization CDs!!
The importance and role of nutrition during marathon training. You need to store lots of glycogen so enjoy those carbohydrates! What to eat and when.
The importance of hydration while training for a marathon and steps to staying adequately hydrated while avoiding hyponatremia.
The benefits of heart rate monitor training for runners and how to determine your maximal heart rate or heart rate training zone.
Simple advice on marathon and half marathon motivation. Be open-minded and try new things to always keep yourself motivated.
Inspirational Marathon Stories
Great stories written and submitted by visitors to give you added marathon inspiration. Feel free to submit your own story to share with others or to help promote your charity.
Various running articles on a number of marathon and half marathon related topics.
Quotes about running and marathon training
Funny, motivational, and inspirational quotes about running.
Be sure to use proper running form to conserve energy throughout training runs and on your big day.
Stretching exercises and warming up will improve flexibility and help prevent injury.
Common running injuries and injury prevention tips, including Shin splints, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, and Plantar Fasciitis.
Marathon Cross Training
Sample of marathon cross training exercises that can help you through times of injury.
Marathon Weight Training
List of marathon weight training exercises and the benefits of lifting weights during training.
Running gear for a marathon or half marathon
Get into the right running gear! Shoes, shoes, shoes…make sure to have the right pair for your feet.
The longer you are on the course, the more likely you are to run into “the wall”. Knowing what “the wall” is will help you to avoid it or push through.