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How do I train for a marathon? Answered

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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KitemanBest Answer (author)2009-09-18

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).

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Kiteman (author)Re-design2009-09-19
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Re-design (author)Kiteman2009-09-22

Must be - it got picked by the author.

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guerrilla (author)Kiteman2009-09-19

Wow I already run a lot more than it says to in week 13! Anyway, thanks for all the answers.

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guerrilla (author)guerrilla2009-09-20

Oh, I didn't see at the bottom of Kiteman's link there's a link to programs for different ablilities! Thx, kiteman!

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RuNrUn (author)2012-01-02

well let me tell you running is fun i have run a half and it race totals more than a marathon at age 12

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novakfor3 (author)2009-09-18

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!

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