Running a Marathon? Read on!

The marathon requires a special blend of aerobic capacity, mental tenacity, and muscular endurance to carry you 26.2 miles. At over 42k, it’s the longest a race can be without being considered an ultra marathon.

Read an article below to learn more about how you can successfully complete a marathon!

Tweet A few weeks ago a runner emailed me and said: “I started running a few weeks ago and I’m up to 9 miles per week with a 4 mile long run. I’m also working on increasing the run portion (I’m walking every few minutes) of all my runs. I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon […]

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Tweet Exercising and training are very different. Do you know how (and why it could be the difference between a huge personal best and another “so so” race)? Exercising is for general health, well-being and even for fun. It makes you feel good. A few examples include fitness classes at the gym, recreational leagues like softball or kickball, and running casually […]

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Tweet How do you run a fast marathon? It’s one of the most interesting questions I can think of as a runner, training geek, and coach. It’s also incredibly complex. With a race as long as the marathon, there are more opportunities for something to go wrong. Quite often, your finish time is more strongly […]

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Tweet After working with thousands of runners, I’ve come across more skeptics than I ever thought existed. Runners who insist “that will never work for me!” or “maybe that worked for her… but I’m different.” Having “special snowflake syndrome” is common. We think our problems are unique, our situations novel, and our running goals different. But […]

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Tweet There’s no shortage of information about how to train for a marathon. Just search the web and you’ll find countless marathon plans, articles, and advice. But if your goal is to do more than simply finish, what advice should you trust? If you want to run a big marathon PR – maybe even a 100+ minute […]

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Tweet Before my first attempt at the marathon I bragged to my friends and former coach about how I’d negative split the final miles in Central Park. After the race, I got the biggest “I told ya so!” of my life from runners who knew better. See, I hit the wall – hard. My pace […]

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Tweet Today is another installment of the popular “You be the Coach” series where I ask for your coaching advice. The strength of the SR community (see what I did there?) is that collectively, we can help runners train smarter by making better decisions. And one of the most important decisions a runner can make is long-term […]

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Tweet The marathon is a fickle beast. Even with good training, you never know what will happen (especially in the final 10k). Some runners hit the wall. Others cramp up. And a few develop overuse injuries that prevent them from even finishing. But imagine you’re not one of those runners. How would it feel to […]

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Tweet When it comes to marathon training, there are countless choices to consider. Should you join a local running club? Download a generic training plan online? Invest in a custom program? Get a coach? Wing it? Ask your second cousin who ran a marathon six years ago how she did it? If you’re like me, […]

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Tweet It’s true: last Sunday, I won the Potomac River Run Marathon in 2:50:27. Before you think that this is super impressive, know that it was a small local race capped at a mere 350 runners. So I didn’t exactly win a major race… Now, race reports can be valuable when they illustrate some key […]

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