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 As a coach, I’m most nervous during the two weeks after a marathon. Aerobic fitness remains high but the body is still reeling from the aftermath of racing 26.2 miles. The injury risk is significantly higher post-marathon, when the heart and lungs are in great shape but your “structural fitness” is weak. If you’re coming off […]

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Tweet Since 1994, the Philadelphia Marathon has become one of the best marathons in the United States. Philly puts on a great show with all the amenities, world-class timing and organization, and a nearly perfect marathon venue to run a fast finishing time. And for good reason: The weather is mild, with an average temperature in the […]

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Tweet How confident are you as a runner? If you say something like this, you’ll make me smile like a proud coach: “My training has gone so well that I know I’ll run a PR – it’s just a question of whether that’s 30 seconds or a full minute!” Confidence OOZES from these runners! And while misplaced confidence […]

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Tweet Doug Hay is a 5-time ultramarathon finisher and the creator of the trail running blog, Rock Creek Runner. Just recently he finished the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run. He is also the co-host of the No Meat Athlete Radio podcast, author of Discover Your Ultramarathon, and his work has been featured in Competitor, Outside Magazine, and Washingtonian […]

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Tweet The marathon: for many, it’s a mythical unicorn. Capturing a great performance can be elusive and may take years. Jason and Matt on the days they ran their fastest marathons When I ran my first marathon, New York City in 2008, I thought that I’d breeze through it. After all, I was a fairly […]

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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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