Time and time again I hear (and see) people who don’t take training for a marathon seriously. **Note: for the sake of this article, we will focus on marathon training, but the basic principle of training applies to all race distances.
And yes, the title was picked for a reason – so you would read this . Lighten up!
Somehow, there is a preconceived notion that you can imagine your way across the 26.2 mile finish line. While it is true that running (a marathon) is 91 percent mental, there is no substitute for solid training. Especially for your first marathon.
While you may hear of training programs that only have long runs of 14 or 16 miles or a few months of training or perhaps someone who just ran their first marathon on little to no training and BQ’d (Boston Qualified). Well runners, let me assure you that is not the majority of