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 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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Tweet Today, I want to ask for YOUR coaching expertise. Michael emailed me recently about his race at the 2013 Houston Marathon. He is a 57 year old runner and triathlete with a previous PR of 3:55. I wrote him a custom training plan, which resulted in him getting a 12 minute PR without any […]

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Tweet A lot of runners find it tough to design a well-rounded training plan. Maybe they don’t know enough, so their running becomes boring. Or maybe they have too much information and succumb to the Try Everything, Try Nothing Approach to running. It’s easy to find a training plan and some strength workouts online. But are they […]

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