Crossing the Finish Line: Training Tips for Your First Marathon
Ready to take your running to the next level? With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to start training for your first marathon. Maybe you have a few medals from 5Ks, 10Ks, or even a half-marathon, but how better to round out your collection than with a marathon finisher’s medal?
Although rewarding, earning that medal is an enormous undertaking. Did you know that only 0.5% of the U.S. population has run a marathon? Prepping for any race requires strength of both body and mind. Committing to a training plan demands large doses of motivation, willpower and persistence, but we know you have what it takes. We love to see our users set goals and want to help you cross that finish line!
Marathon training should be fun. Find friends to keep you company on long runs and share your race registration with family so they can offer encouragement throughout your months of training. To avoid injuries and over-training, check out Stack.com expert Joe Lopez’s 10 Basic Guidelines for Marathon Training. He suggests stretching and strength training as complements to a non-linear training plan.
Beginning a 16-week training plan in early summer will easily prepare you for a race in mid-Fall, a popular marathon season. Here are some of our favorites:
- Twin Cities Marathon: October 7 (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
- Chicago Marathon: October 7 (Chicago)
- Portland Marathon: October 7 (Portland)
- Nike Women’s Marathon: October 14 (San Francisco)
- Marine Corps Marathon: October 28 (Washington, D.C.)
- New York City Marathon: November 4 (New York City)
- Philadelphia Marathon: November 18 (Philadelphia)
runtastic offers a wide variety of training plans for any pace, all expertly crafted by Dieter Baumann, 1992 Olympic gold medalist in the 5000 Meter event. Whether you want to simply finish or achieve a personal best, there’s a plan for you.
To get you started, we’re offering a 50% discount on all our marathon and half marathon training plans through the end of June. Just select the pace for your race, and enter the code RUNTASTIC-GET-STARTED-2012 at check-out.
Already have a training plan that works? As a runtastic LITE user you can add voice feedback, coaching or live cheering packages to keep you motivated on your runs. Or go PRO and get access to all.
Have fun training this summer! What tips do you have for fellow runners?