I thought I would give a little basic info for people who are totally new to this whole marathon thing. A lot of people don't know how long they should be training for and how much miles they should be running. So I thought I would try to answer those questions in an easy to understand format
You should have at least a year running experience before you attempt to run a marathon. Some training programs last for 3 months while others can last up to 6 months.
If you havent had any experience in running before it would be a good idea to complete a 3 month strength training program before you start your marathon training. This will get you in the right physical shape so you can take the demand of a marathon training program.
As for milage...
This is obviously a key factor when training for any marathon. The more miles you run the more your body becomes accustom to it. You can train the body to amazing heights, you should aim to train for marathon conditions. You should use a training program that gets about 40-45 miles a week and if your fitness level allows it push for 50-60 miles a week.
It is all about training and when your body is used to the workload you can increase it. But it is important to realise this takes time, you need to build up to your mileage slowly as you gain fitness and endurance.
A good program will have you slowly build up to the required miles per week and sustain it over the majority of your training.
I hope this helps some people, I know when I was first starting out I didn't have a clue where to start, I didn't even know how long a marathon was. So I hope this helps some newbies out
Anyone please feel free to add to this, I just thought I would make a start.
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