[tps_header]The Fabletics Track Stars are just a few weeks away from the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. Larry Track, owner of Track Fitness, who helped create the group and helps women at his gym achieve their fitness goals, has been supporting the Track Stars, inspiring them to stay fit and lead healthy lifestyles as they work towards completing their marathon. An experienced and exceptional marathon runner himself, Larry is sharing his expert advice on running marathons:[/tps_header]
Challenging yourself to run a marathon is no small task, but may be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. But the very first thing every runner needs to do is sign up for the race! Until you have signed up you have not committed yourself to training. I recommend you sign up at least 12 weeks before the race and set your program towards the date of the race.
Now that you have signed up and you are ready to train you need to think about the following questions:
- How many times a week should I run?
Ideally, you will need to run at least 3 times a week. At minimum you will do two short runs and one long run.
- How far will I run in training?
I believe you need to run the distance to know the distance. Most programs fall short of the distance and that leaves many runners in shock when they still have 4-6 miles to run! Aim to run 90% of the distance two weeks before the race.