It’s All About Consistency
Once you have a training program in place (based on your goals and daily commitments), you’ll have to stick to it. If you have to miss a workout, don’t beat yourself up over it. The trick is not to miss a couple in a row because it will get you off track, and you might find yourself demotivated by your lack of improvement.
Find a Marathon Partner to Train With
Grab a friend, run with a colleague, or join a team. Having someone you can train with makes all the difference, and can really make long miles go by, like a breeze. Ask around for experienced runners and join their tempo runs. It’s a great opportunity to get tips and sound advice from someone who isn’t trying to sell you shoes or sports gear.
The Long Run
Marathon training began with long runs, and those are still its beating heart. While it is not all about long and slow tempo running, the queen of marathons will always be the long and often challenging run. These runs start from 8-12 miles for beginners and expand to 20 miles once you gain experience. In the initial stages of your training, you should focus less on mileage and more on the duration of your runs. On the days of your long runs, try to stick to a three-hour session to prepare your body for marathon running. If you’re training through the brutal heat of summer, be sure to stay hydrated, even if you don’t feel like drinking water. Well, all that’s left now is for you to put on your shoes, warm up, and get to it. You got this!