Running a marathon
How to run the 26.2 miles of a marathon
If you've ever considered running a marathon read this article. We'll show you some helpful tips to help you achieve your running goal, show you which marathons you could run in and generally help you get into shape so that running a marathon is a real possibility for you.
Here are some helpful tips to help you achieve your marathon goal:
Get prepared! Check out our training plans and start with the 10k plan.
- Join a running club or a gym that operates a running class. This will give you the advantages of coaching and other people to run with. There are bound to be others either at your level or who have been and can help you in your challenge. Alternatively find a training partner. It can be a real motivation if you can find someone to run with on a regular basis. You can compare progress and help each other out if things get a bit tough.
- Don't overdo it in the early days. It's easy to get put off when you start marathon training as you might feel progress is slow and the distance that you've got to reach seems to be so far away. Don't worry,you’ll get there if you pace yourself. Get a training plan to make sure you stay on track.
- Don't be put off by the weather. If you live somewhere prone to spells of cold or wet conditions, don't let it stop you. There are ways of getting around this like training on a treadmill in the warmth of a gym. There is also some great gear available now and if you follow the principal of layering, you shouldn't have too many problems.
- Dark nights can be a problem, but don't let them stop you either. Your longer runs at the weekend can be done in daylight and if you do two or three treadmill runs during the week, you'll never have to venture out in the dark, unless you want to.
- Enter a few races before your big day. Start with a 10k, then a 10 miler, and then a half marathon. This will help you get used to running in the 'event environment' and help you with things like taking water from drinks stations etc and the pre-race build up. The bigger the race the better, although the first one should probably be a smaller one of a few hundred runners. Some of the big half marathons can be a great learning curve as they can have fields of many thousands and give you a real feel for what it'll be like on marathon day.
- You can do it even though there will be times when you don’t think you can. Running a marathon will give you a buzz that it’s hard to describe, particularly in a big city event with the added bonus of the crowd support and it’s something that virtually all of us can achieve.