A lot of runners are attempting a marathon these days. In fact, in 2014 there were over 550,000 marathon finishers in the United States according to Running USA.
But as this race distance becomes significantly more mainstream, the difficulty of covering 26.2 miles on foot is sometimes lost on first-time marathoners. Running for four, five, or even six hours is a substantial feat that requires dedication, adequate preparation, and a can-do attitude.
With so many relative beginners attempting the marathon, it’s important to train properly. The right training choices result in faster finish times, fewer running injuries, and more enjoyment from the race itself.
By avoiding these training mistakes, you’ll be a stronger and faster runner. And much more likely to enjoy your next marathon!