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RUN A MARATHON (without much running)

CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU MIGHT THINK, YOU CAN RUN A MARATHON ON ONE OR TWO TRAINING RUNS PER WEEK… IF YOU FOLLOW SOME BASIC GUIDELINES

TRAINING

If you dream of running a marathon, but you”re unsure whether you could commit to the volume of training (or you”re worried your body won”t hold up well), there”s good news. You don”t have to run four or five times a week to get marathon fit. Some experts even advise against running more than three times a week if you want to avoid injury. So, if you”re prone to niggles that restrict how often you can run, don”t be despondent. You can still run a marathon on one or two runs per week, providing you”re reasonably fit and not new to running.

“If you want to run your very best effort or smash your PB, then one run per week isn”t going to cut it”, says running coach George Anderson from Running By George (runningbygeorge.com). “But it is possible to run a marathon with very minimal training. I rocked up for the Dublin Marathon back in October and hadn”t run for two months previously. I was able to get round. It wasn”t pretty, but I got it done.”

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About Women’s Running

Discover the healing power of running with the March issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 January. Find out how running can help treat depressive disorders, clear the mind and manage stressful life situations. And hear from women who have experienced these benefits for themselves, such as cover star Charlie Watson, who shares how running – and blogging – has helped her to manage stress and anxiety. Keen to start running but daunted by the prospect of having to run for miles without a break? Discover Jeff Galloway’s hugely successful Run Walk Run training method, which has helped thousands to start running, stay injury free and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. We’ve got all things marathon training covered in this issue, too. You’ll find three 12-week training plans for beginner, intermediate and experienced marathoners, as well as expert advice on getting marathon fit on reduced mileage. Plus, don’t miss our recipes for delicious, homemade fuelling snacks or our leg-focused strength-training workout, both supporting your stamina and strength, whatever your training goals.