Every journey in life begins with a first step, and what follows is my recommended steps to run a marathon. These steps are the building blocks needed to run a marathon not only successfully, but enjoyably as well.
There are many schools of thought on how to train for a marathon. Many programs may be helpful in getting the runners to the cross the marathon finish line, but they make the training so time consuming and arduous that few people want to go through the experience again. That isn't to say that there isn't hard work involved. There certainly is. But I believe the journey to be as important as the final goal. Successful running is about being efficient. For example, with this method, there will never be training runs of over 18 miles. It is more productive to be able to run 10 miles well than 20 miles poorly.
This site is comprehensive for runners of all levels. Many of the concepts on this web site can be also used for runners who are training for 5ks or 10ks. More importantly, the Base Training portion is the prerequisite training for long distance runners for pre-season track or cross-country.
(As mentioned elsewhere, for those that want to just jump into the training program without all the background information go to Quickstart)
Running a marathon for most people is the greatest physical challenge they voluntarily take on in their life. I believe the mental challenge one endures is equally, if not more, taxing than the physical. Thus, this site will also prepare you for the mental and emotional side of marathons, and so it is important to understand the reasoning behind the different workouts. Proper training for a marathon is not an overnight endeavor. Your buildup should be slow and steady so the chance of injuries are avoided.
One of the goals of this site is to take you beyond the physical aspects of running. Running is so much more than being able to run faster or further. When done properly, running can add to your spiritual and mental well-being. Humans were made to run. It is who we are.
If you are fresh off the couch yet want to run a marathon in only three weeks instead of a more logical 5 months or more, this site is not for you. Running a marathon is ambitious even for experienced athletes. If one treats running like cramming for a test, then sooner or later injuries will surface.
If you do not have a running or an athletic background, please be consult your doctor to make sure that you are in good health before you race.
On the positive side, for those of you who are just starting out and questioning whether or not you can actually finish a marathon, the answer is a very strong YES! Over 92 percent of people who start a marathon will finish no matter what their level of training. For the dedicated people who apply the principles outlined on this website, I am confident this percentage will be higher and the journey more rewarding.
Please go to First Step to start your journey.