How to train for a marathon

April 30, 2013

Race season has begun, and if you're feeling inspired to run in your first marathon, now is the perfect time to start training. While 26.2 miles may seem like a lot – and it is – if you begin using the right cardio fitness equipment and commit to your training routine, you'll be ready to run in a marathon with the pros by the time race season begins next year.

Meet with a doctor
Marathon training can put a serious strain on your body, particularly if you're not a regular runner, so it's imperative that you meet with a doctor before beginning your training regimen. Let him or her know that you plan on training to run in a marathon, and ask if he or she has any advice that will help you reduce the likelihood of injury. A full physical will also help you detect any potential problems early on and reduce the probability of your training schedule getting sidetracked by an avoidable injury down the line.

Make sure you have the right equipment
Unsurprisingly, training for a marathon requires a lot of running, so having a quality home treadmill is key. The TRUE Fitness Z5.4 treadmill is designed for superior stability and durability, so you can be sure it will be around to help you train for many marathons in the future. It also uses a state-of-the-art motor that will give you the quietest and smoothest run possible.

Start early and run often
At a minimum, marathon training takes 18 to 26 weeks, but the earlier you start the better! This is especially true if you're not already a die-hard runner. Most people training for a marathon run between four and six days per week, alternating the intensity and length of each workout. If you're training for your first marathon, begin by running two to five miles each day during the week and gradually increase your distance as you approach the race date.

Find the right pace
In order to increase your endurance enough to run a marathon, you'll need to find your ideal running pace. In the beginning, you should be able to speak while jogging. Try running each mile at a pace that feels slightly fast to you, and increase your pace as your level of endurance increases. Come race time, focus on reaching the finish line rather than your speed.