How to Run a Marathon

Marathon training can be a tricky and confusing business, but this guide will be with you every step of the way.

As well as giving you a choice of two 20-week training plans, this 64-page guide will explain the important components of marathon training, so you can make the best choices for you.

Designed to give you everything you need to train for and prepare for the marathon, it will explain the benefits of the different types of runs you'll be doing and give you reassurance when the going gets tough.

As well as this, it will help you prepare mentally and practically for the race, from getting the right mindset on race day to making sure you’ve got everything you need to run 26.2 miles.

Topics covered

  • A choice of two marathon training plans designed for those aiming to run between 3:59 and 6 hours
  • Marathon training sessions explained
  • Choosing your goal time
  • Avoiding injuries and how to adapt training for illness/injury
  • The mental side of marathon training
  • Fitting it all in to a busy life
  • Self-assessment exercises to evaluate your training
  • Race prep - those vital 24 hours before your race
  • Essential kit list.

This guide can also be used as a companion to your existing marathon training schedule.

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