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How to make time to train for a marathon – without letting it run your life

How to train for a marathon without letting it run your life

There’s a saying in the running world that marathon training is the real endurance event and the actual race is just a victory lap. Signing up to run a marathon is a big commitment because of the training. You’ll need to put in four months or so of tough workouts just to get to the […]

10 tips for your first marathon

10 tips for your first marathon

There’s nothing like lining up at the start of your first marathon. The nerves and excitement make you feel like you could burst. You’re likely experiencing a range of thoughts from “I can’t believe I’m about to do this” to “oh my gosh – can I really do this?” Fear not. If you’ve put in […]

Training in the real world: when you’re undertrained

Training in the real world: Undertrained. What to do if you're not prepared for a race.

Nowadays, races – especially large, popular ones – sell out months in advance. When you signed up to run a November marathon back in January, you likely had the best of intentions to train hard and do well in the race. But a lot of things can happen in the months between registration and race […]

Natural mid-run fuel options

Natural mid-run fuel options

I am a huge fan of sports drinks and gels … until about mile 17 of a marathon. Then my body craves something solid, more substantial, and not quite so artificial. I’m not alone. Some runners find that natural food options fuel their bodies just as well as chomps, chews, and gus made for endurance […]

6 ways to stay motivated when dealing with burnout

I stuck to my 16-week marathon training plan like glue, and stayed motivated and excited by training right through the end. But now that the marathons are behind me? I’m less motivated than ever before. I’m feeling apprehensive instead of enthusiastic about my upcoming races. There’s no doubt about it – I’m dealing with burnout. […]

Coping with the post-marathon blues

Post marathon blues

You’ve made check marks on your training log for the past four months. You’ve woken up at 5 a.m. for five days a week for the past 16 weeks to run in the dark. You’ve done 20 milers, completed speedwork sessions, and logged hundreds of miles. You’ve worked hard to earn those calluses, personal distance […]

Post-marathon recovery plan


Your marathon training plan comes to an end with the completion of the race. But once you cross the finish line, another challenge begins: Recovery from the marathon. Recovery from a marathon is no easy feat. While it may be tempting to kick your feet up and relax in the days following your race, that’s not […]

Prepping for a Plan B marathon

Training in the real world: What to do when you don't have the time or energy to stick with a plan

A few years ago, I spent months training for a marathon. Race day came and let’s just say that it did not go according to plan. I ended up dropping out of the race at mile 12. As soon as I got home, I scoured the internet for upcoming marathons. With all the training under […]

How to set a marathon goal time

Race alongside others for a PR

If you’re like me, you have a goal finish time in mind well before you start marathon training. This isn’t always the best approach, though. A lot can happen over the course of a 16-week marathon training plan. Injuries, illness, burnout, and other curveballs life throws at you can hinder your training, and that time goal […]

How long should your longest run of marathon training be?

The distance of your long run: how far should you run?

Whether you’re training for your first marathon or your 10th, the weekly long run likely comes with a lot of angst. How fast should you run your long runs? How many long runs should you do? And, finally, how long should your longest run be? Most conventional marathon training plans call for peaking with a […]