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General tips on marathon training for beginners.
The importance and role of nutrition during marathon training. You need to store lots of glycogen so enjoy those carbohydrates! What to eat and when.
USA marathon directory
Simple advice on marathon and half marathon motivation. Be open-minded and try new things to always keep yourself motivated.
Fundraising ideas and a list of organizations if you would like to run a marathon for charity.
Beginner mini-marathon or half marathon training schedules.
Consume energy gel to increase enjoyment and improve performance
Increase your glycogen storage by carb loading the week of the marathon.
General tips for the beginning runner and getting started.
Various running articles on a number of marathon and half marathon related topics.
Plan ahead with some aid-station tips for marathon day.
Marathon calendar of marathon and half marathon events in the United States.
Specialty running shoe store directory. Find your local running store and make a visit to get fitted by an expert.
Marathon training books, half marathon training books, training journals, and visualization CDs!!
How to avoid overtraining for a race.
Great stories written and submitted by visitors to give you added marathon inspiration. Feel free to submit your own story to share with others or to help promote your charity.
Great stories written and sumitted by visitors to give you added marathon inspiration. Feel free to submit your own story to share with others or to help promote your charity.
Get your family involved and the kids running too while you train for a marathon.
Running with music...in your head!
Those cold winter running days
How to maximize your marathon day support.
What motivates a runner to run?
Regrouping from missed training runs to finish a marathon.
Making progress in training for a marathon
Marathon Training Article: No Need for Snobbery
Recently, I was asked what my opinion is on slow runners. More specifically, “are slow runners ruining the sport?”
For many, running is a highly competitive sport. For the majority, it is not.
Should someone not lift weights because others are stronger? Should someone not read a book because others read faster? Should the Detroit Lions not show up to their football games because the other teams are better? Should some not run because other runners are faster?
Why would someone care if less speedy runners are finishing marathons? After all, the faster runner does not have to worry about the less speedy runners getting in their way or slowing them down since they would be behind the faster runner. Having more participants in marathons also creates a more lively atmosphere at events with more fan support for all runners. The only thing I can logically speculate is that with the growing number of people finishing marathons, some experienced marathoners may feel their accomplishments are diminished, in their own eyes or in the eyes of others.
Why put someone down one who is trying to better themselves or achieve a lofty goal? The reality is there are snobby runners out there. The good thing is they represent a small minority of the running population. Just let them suffer in their snobbery and keep running!
So, for any less speedy runner out there who may be embarrassed by their lack of speed: You are the only one that matters and need not be concerned about the speed of others or feel insecure because others are faster. The only competition is yourself. Give it your personal best and you simply cannot lose.
Important tips on skin protection for runners and reducing the risk of skin cancer.
Top 3 Christmas running gifts for you and your loved ones.
Answers to frequently asked questions about marathon training and running.