7 Things You Should Know before You Run Your First Marathon ...


I recall running my first marathon 13 years ago and it feels like it was yesterday.

Looking back, I wish I knew then what I know now about training for a marathon.

Now at 33 years old, I have twenty one marathons under my belt and I have personal trained countless clients to complete their first marathon and many others to smash their personal best records with lightning fast times.

Let me share with you the things you should know before you run your first marathon:

1. It Will Take Time

Before you even register for your first marathon consider the time commitment it will take.

Marathon training takes on average anywhere from 10-20 hours per week for 6 months.

The large difference in time commitment ranges on whether you have less to a more aggressive time goal.

Make sure you can find time for this commitment before you register.

2. Good Things Come to Those Who Train

There have been many days during my marathon training that I had time conflicts, sickness or even just lack of energy but I always pushed myself to run.

Good things come to those who train because results are not given out - they are earned.

Earn great running results by putting in the proper training.

3. Focus on Quality Miles

You can run 80 junk miles per week and wonder why your running times are not improving or you can focus on 40 quality miles and watch your marathon times miraculously improve.


Junk miles are slow and steady miles with no variation in training, equalling low grade results.

Quality miles are a variety of running workouts that focus on speed, strengthening and recovery.

The maximum running distance in my training is 65 miles per week but this is entailed with quality miles.

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