A marathon is a long-distance race, which requires weeks of extensive training. If you are a runner who is planning to run a marathon, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before signing up for a race. Based on factors such as runners’ training schedule, marathon distance, the terrain, etc. there are different kinds of marathons that runners can choose from. Below we will discuss the different types of marathon based on their distance:

6.21 miles/ 10 km Race

Running a 10 Km race will be an ideal step for a runner who has gotten comfortable with running and is now aiming to start distance training. However, if you are a beginner, you need to be realistic and train in a structured way for the race. Running a 10 km race is an achievement in itself.

Half Marathon (13.1 miles/21.1kms)

If you have mastered 10 km run and wish to challenge yourself further, then running a half marathon will be the next step. It requires you to train both physically and mentally. You will also need a proper diet plan in place to run the distance.

Marathon (26.2 miles/ 42.2 km)

A full marathon is 26.2 miles. It is safe to say that running 42.2 km will require you to prepare at least six months beforehand. Your pace, too, will be crucial for you will need to establish a realistic time goal in mind and work accordingly. There is a strong chance that your legs might tighten up after a certain distance, therefore, it is quite important to prepare yourself mentally as well.

Ultra marathon (More than 26.2 miles/ 42.2 km)

A marathon is 26.2 miles, a race that covers more distance than that is called the ultra marathon. You need to train according to the distance you are covering and the terrain. It will require extensive training. An important running tip to achieve this feat is to train in a way that you are focusing on spending more time on the feet rather than the distance. 

Stage Races

Stage races happen over several days. They have varied formats. It is suggested that you participate in one if you are an experienced runner. You will need a proper training schedule and pacing strategy in place if you plan on finishing a stage race. 

Marathons are a great way for runners to challenge themselves. They are also a great way to be inspired and stay motivated. As a runner, only make sure that you have a realistic goal in mind and that you train accordingly. 

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