How to run long distance to prepare for a marathon

How to run long distance to prepare for a marathonThis week starts my 16 week training program for the Marine Corps Marathon. While I’m excited to be a part of such an awesome event, the next 16 weeks will push me to work physically harder than I ever have in my life. In-fact, I’ve gotten a taste of the upcoming challenge with some of the pre-training work my coach has scheduled for me over the past couple months (full training schedule here).

Running short distances isn’t a huge chore anymore. Knocking out 2-4 miles on any given day is pretty easy, but my big challenge is during the weekend long runs. The problem is that sometimes I have a difficult time running or jogging the entire distance (could be humidity, time constraints, etc).

My marathoner friends have offered the following advice on how to run long distance:

  • Run as much of your long run as you can.
  • If you can’t run the entire distance, completing the mileage is what’s important. Finish with either brisk walking or intervals.

There are shortcuts that can make your long runs more manageable:

Hopefully these tips will help you as much as they helped me. I can’t wait for the time in my training when I don’t have to lean on these crutches for getting my long run done. Questions? Comments? @ifyouwillit or leave a comment!

1 thought on “How to run long distance to prepare for a marathon”

  1. Preparing for this event can be exhausting, that is why you need to have a lot of determination in order for you to sustain your stamina. Also the best thing is to train yourself for almost everyday. It will give you a lot of courage upon maintaining your physical strength to maximum.

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