If you are a beginner runner who has successfully developed the habit of running, there is a strong chance that running a marathon is on your agenda. Maybe you’re thinking of starting easy and signing up for a relatively easier 5k, or maybe you decide on covering a full marathon distance. Either way, you will need a proper training schedule in place to cover the distance. Preparing for a marathon is extremely important, so you should start training months in advance so that our body can adapt. If you are a beginner who has added a race in your calendar, then you should start training six months in advance.

The time it takes to run a marathon depends on the distance, the course, your average pace, the weather, the number of other participants on the course, etc. It is ideal to be acquainted with as many factors as possible, beforehand. Your performance will be affected by these factors, so it is best to be familiar with these things. 

An ideal training plan will help build-up towards a longer run. Include at least three runs in a week, and two cross-training days. Strength and cross-training help build endurance and reduce the risk of injury. To improve your performance, go for races of different intensities. In a week, give your body two rest days to recover and adapt. A rest day after a long run will help rebuild muscles. 

For sustained energy, the right amount of calories is important. Therefore, if you are training for a marathon, it becomes essential to have a proper diet plan in place. If you are a first-time marathoner, then you also need to be careful about your gear. The right pair of shoes, and functional clothes, besides other things, will make your run more comfortable. It is best to consult a physician before going for a marathon. It is also important to be mindful of the psychological part of the training. Marathon can be challenging. So, it is best to be mentally prepared for the same. Following a few simple steps, religiously, will help you run through the finish line with ease. 

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