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Running Your First Marathon: 8 Training Tips for Beginners

Running a marathon is never easy. Then again, anything that requires so much training but offers such accomplishment is never going to be easy! To guide you in your first marathon experience,we reached out to Runkeeper users for their tips and insight.


1. Don’t Push It

Run slowly instead of going ‘all in’. A gradual 10% increase in mileage per week is ideal but only if your body permits. You’re relying on those legs to carry you through the next few months; listen to them! – via Reuben

2. Set Goals Early On

Your goals are going to motivate you through this training. Why are you running this marathon? Using that motivation will push you through many obstacles you meet over the course of your training.

3. Follow your Training Plan

If you’re following given a training plan, stick to it! Some weeks have short mileage for a reason. These plans have been put together by experienced runners and are well worth listening to! – via Will

4. Keep a Log

You’re going to be tracking a LOT of miles over the next few months. It’s going to be very easy get lost in all of those miles during your training which can throw you off your plan. Keep a training log to record your progress. And really, what’s a better training log than the notes section in Runkeeper?

5. Vary your Training

Hills, intervals and cross training can all prove vital during the course of your training. A marathon is going to test every part of your body and its endurance. – via Kelly

6. Take Easy Weeks

Reduce your mileage every third or fourth week to give your body a break for recovery. This will leave you in better condition going forward.

7. Rest Days Too

At least one or two rest days per week is vital to your training.  You’ll be running so much during your training, you might find it hard to take a day off but in the long run; rest days and recovery are just as important than any other parts of your training.

8. Listen to your Body

Your body is being tested to the limit during your training. If you’re feeling drained on a given day; listen to it and take a break. As we said earlier; pushing yourself too hard is a big mistake.

Sound good? Ready to log that first run? Let’s go!


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Dylan Kehoe

About the author:
Dylan Kehoe

Irish student and Runkeeper Ambassador who can be sometimes seen in lectures when not running marathons!