Today I decided to write a brief introduction for those new to marathon running: I’m going to talk with you about the things in general you need to know in order to run a marathon.
First, the standard distance for a marathon is 26.2 miles. So whether you are running a marathon say in New York City, Boston, London, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, the distance is the same: 26.2 miles.
The question is, how do you train for a marathon?
If you are a runner who has never run a marathon before, in other words you’re a novice or a beginner, and you want to train for your first marathon, you may want to train to simply just finish a marathon. You want to train well enough to where you feel like you are becoming stronger as a runner in order to finish the marathon.
One of the main goals of running a marathon is to have a combination of both speed and endurance. The speed for marathon training comes from doing intervals on a track where you can improve.
There are other forms of speed training such as tempo running. Tempo running means that you are running at a sustained pace for a certain amount of time.
And there’s yet another form of speed training called “frog leg” training, where you are running at different speeds, for example thirty seconds, forty seconds, sixty seconds and then back down to say forty seconds and thirty seconds.
So properly training to run a marathon will depend on several factors, including where you are in your fitness and where you are in terms of your time commitment to train, because training for a marathon is a time-consuming process.
It also depends on whether or not you are willing to train alone, or if you are willing to train with a group.
So when training for a marathon there is a lot involved. There’s a lot that you need to know in terms of the training, for example your diet, and cross training, such as lifting weights, doing yoga, or aqua jogging in the pool.
In the coming weeks and months I’ll be exploring these concepts in more detail, and covering all the important aspects in-depth so that you can begin taking the right steps to running your first marathon.