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4-week fitness plan to get ready for your first marathon

We’ve all heard of those “Couch to 5K” programs … but a “Couch to Marathon” program? Not so much. In this post, we share with you about how to start training for a marathon. Include this 4-week prep plan in your running program to get marathon TRAINING ready!


How To Start Training For A Marathon: 16 Weeks Goes By Fast

The harsh truth: Most training plans last 16+ weeks … all of which are going to fly by! You’re kidding yourself if you think you’re going to jump into day 1 of a marathon training plan with little to no running/aerobic work under your belt. 16 weeks means no room to get off track, take a week off, or nurse a “could’ve been prevented” injury.

By getting ahead of the game and taking 4 weeks to mentally and physically prepare, you’ll largely increase your chances of success through your first marathon finish line!

How To Start Training For A Marathon: Consistency Is Key

Most marathon training plans require you to run 3-5 days per week. Distance, speed and elevation change will vary…but you’ll be running more days than you’re resting.

The key to building this running consistency:

Get your butt out the door, 3-5 times per week. You don’t have to run far, you don’t have to run fast…but you do need to run as many times per week as will be required in your training plan, for 3-4 weeks leading up to it.

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