5 Common Marathon Training Mistakes

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Aug. 5, 2013
  • Updated Oct. 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM UTC
Having a plan for aid stations during your marathon is crucial going into the race. Photo:

Selecting An Arbitrary Goal Time

As I covered in depth last week, the foundation of a solid marathon plan is selecting a goal time that is realistic and corresponds to your abilities and current fitness levels.

All too often, runners choose their goal time based on a qualification mark or an arbitrary number. This almost immediately sets them up for failure. First, it prohibits training at the correct effort levels to elicit optimal physiological adaptation. More importantly, it usually results in getting injured as you push beyond your capabilities.

What To Do
How did you determine your goal time? If your decision wasn’t primarily based on your previous race finishes or results from shorter races, you need to read this article to learn how to set a more realistic goal time.

RELATED: How Do I Set A Goal For My First Marathon?

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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