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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > December 2018 > MASTER THE MARATHON

MASTER THE MARATHON

YOU’VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT: YOU’VE SIGNED UP FOR A MARATHON, 26.2MILES OF GLORY (AND A LITTLE PAIN). MARTIN YELLING OFFERS SOME WELCOME WORDS OF WISDOM

Now is the time to be getting properly stuck into your marathon training. Doing so will help to make the big day possible and pain free – well, at least hurt a little less. That’s what training does: it prepares your body and mind for what’s to come – 26.2miles of pace, pounding and puffing. Whether you’re a firsttimer or a PB-hunter, the training you do, or don’t do, will make or break your marathon. Here’s how to get it bang on.

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If you’ve done zero, nada, nothing, since you were forced to run around muddy fields at school, don’t panic. Start slowly. Begin by developing a regular walk or walk/run routine. Plan it carefully and stick to it. Progress your distance slowly and carefully and avoid over-committing to an unattainable amount of exercise each week or an unrealistic distance.

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I never had any desire to run a marathon. Yes, I watched it religiously every year from 1984 when Charlie Spedding set the then-English record and marveled at the speeds. But it didn’t hold any appeal for me. I was a track runner, a thoroughbred, an out-and-out speed merchant; the thought of running 26 miles consecutively, back-to-back, was just too monstrous a thought. And then I started working in running and I realised that, for 99% of the population, running IS marathons. No one ever says ‘ah, you’re a runner, what’s your 1500metre time?’. The first question anyone asks is ‘have you run a marathon?’. Fortunately, I’m now in the happy position to say yes. Several in fact. And more half marathons than I can actually remember. But running a marathon still isn’t easy. If it was, more people would have done it. It takes training, and work, and effort and a resilient mindset that says ‘I’m not going to give up on this journey’. In this special issue, we reveal the secrets, the highs and lows and the training that can get you round a marathon. There’s something here for everyone, even if you’re an experienced marathoner. As Emil Zatopek famously said: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”