How do I train for a marathon?

How do I train for a marathon or half-marathon? Nutrition? Schedule? After successfully completing a marathon, what about maintenance so I can run next year's marathon?

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Kiteman8 years ago
It is always advisable to consult a medical professional before undertaking any major training programme.

As for a training schedule, try this one designed for first-time marathon-runners (14 week schedule).
Excellent answer!
But is it "best"...?
Must be - it got picked by the author.
guerrilla (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
Wow I already run a lot more than it says to in week 13! Anyway, thanks for all the answers.
guerrilla (author)  guerrilla8 years ago
Oh, I didn't see at the bottom of Kiteman's link there's a link to programs for different ablilities! Thx, kiteman!
RuNrUn5 years ago
well let me tell you running is fun i have run a half and it race totals more than a marathon at age 12
novakfor38 years ago
You can look at nutrition diets on the internet, they have lots of those. Fruits and vegetables are obviously very important, and to maintain a healthy diet is crucial.

Of course you want to start training by running medium-easy distances and increasing from there. It also depends on what distance you are running, for instance training for 5K's is a lot easier than training for the larger marathons

Professionals can always help, I'd suggest you find a local one.

Train well!