Marathon Training

With many races are happening including marathons, many runners are training for a marathon this fall. I am always ask how long is a marathon, all marathon are 26.2 miles. So what does marathon training involve? A lot! Nutrition: practice on days your run: eat small meal 1-2 hours before you run; your hydration during your run especially on long runs this includes electrolytes; and eat/drink right after your run, amino acids to recover faster. Next is the running: critical are the consistent long runs slowly building up to 20-22 miles and at least 2 other runs each week. You can add cross training on days not running: bike, Pilates, Yoga and strength. Stretch after your runs and other cardio. Next is practicing the mental part during your long so you know how to overcome hitting the wall. Everyone has their own mental games. The biggest part is have a plan so you can check off your progress each week. Happy running! @pamhouck

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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