Your Marathon Training and Racing Guide

The marathon is the most iconic distance in the running world. The 26.2 mile race, inspired by the ancient legend of Pheidippides, is a bucket-list goal for many runners. While the marathon distance is challenging, it’s much more achievable than you may think. If you’re wondering if you should run a marathon, here’s everything you need to know about the distance.

How to Train for a Marathon

Training for a marathon is a big time commitment. You’ll likely be squeezing in runs around your work schedule, finding time for strength training, and setting aside your weekends for long runs. Not to mention getting to bed at a reasonable time!

Despite the intense preparations, training for a marathon can be a lot of fun. Meeting running buddies, exploring new routes and experiencing that runner’s high make it all worth it.

If you’re ready to start training for a marathon, following a training plan can help provide structure and support. Training plans can provide guidance on how to increase your mileage, how to incorporate strength training, how to set a time goal and much more.

How to Race a Marathon

26.2 miles is one of the most challenging race distances. Not only do you have to cover the entire course, but you have to do so while managing your nutrition, staying hydrated and pacing yourself.

Pacing yourself is one of the most critical parts of marathon racing. Pace yourself properly and you can set yourself up for a huge PR. Go out too fast and you'll be hurting later on.

Find out everything you need to know to pace your next marathon.